Virtual Provolone Class - How it Works/FAQ

How it Works

Your Virtual Class experience includes:

  • Our handmade, cultured mozzarella curd, shipped on dry ice (please freeze upon arrival)
  • Emailed to you:
    • Instructions on what you'll need at home for the class (kitchen string, salt, bowls, etc.)
    • Link to a password-protected page of our website with your on-demand class to enjoy a cheese lesson and step-by-step instruction with cheesemaking expert Rynn Caputo!

Once you receive your kit, access the website at your leisure and enjoy your class!  

*All information will be sent to the shipping address and email provided, including shipment tracking information. Please monitor your spam folder for any correspondence.

FAQs

When will I receive my kit?

  • Orders will be shipped within 3 business days.  You will receive a shipment notification & tracking number via email when your order has shipped.  Please note:
    • We are unable to accommodate requests for specific shipping dates or a change in shipping address once your order has already shipped.  
    • Cannot ship to P.O. Boxes.  
    • Orders for multiple products will ship separately and possibly on different dates. 

How soon do I need to watch the video and use my kit?

  • The curd will be shipped to you on dry ice (it’s ok if slightly thawed upon arrival), and should be stored in the freezer when it arrives. It will need to be thawed before using (either in the refrigerator overnight or in a bowl of cold water on the countertop). As this is a naturally fermented product, once thawed, it should be used the same day for best stretching results (upon thawing, the fermentation process continues and will alter the outcome of your stretching.) 

Can I give this as a gift?

  • Yes!  Just put the recipient’s address in the shipping information, and let them know to look out for the delivery! Please note that all notifications will be sent to the email address provided during checkout - please forward any pertinent information to your gift recipient if you choose to enter your own email.

How long will the provolone be good for, and how much will I be able to make?

  • Each pound of curd will yield about a pound of finished cheese (it will lose some moisture/weight depending how long you age it). And as an aged cheese, it is good until you use it! (it will just continue aging!) Provolone is a great slice-and-eat cheese, perfect on sandwiches, a cheese board, and is a great addition to a pizza! 

What is curd?

  • They are the solids that remain after the milk is coagulated and the whey is removed. Curd simply means “unfinished cheese.”  In cheddar, for example, it would mean that the curds have not been pressed or aged. In the case of mozzarella it means that the curds have not yet been stretched.

What does ‘cultured’ mean?

  • This means we make our cheeses in the traditional way, using cultures - or bacteria - to start a natural fermentation process. This is different from the industrial cheesemakers who use vinegar or citric acid to coagulate the milk to make it appear to look like cheese (thereby leaving a high level of lactose in the cheese).

Are your cheeses pasteurized?

  • Yes, all of our cheeses are pasteurized at a low temperature to preserve the quality and natural flora of the milk as much as possible.  By federal law any cheese aged less than 60 days must be pasteurized.