Are your products vegan?
Are your products organic?
All the cashews and almonds we use are organic. The only non-organic ingredients we use are salt, seaweed, ground porcini and the vegan cultures.
Are your products raw?
Mouse’s Favourite doesn’t heat anything over 45º. However we do not claim that these cheeses are raw as usually cashews are heat processed to remove the nut from the shell.
Where are your nuts from?
The cashews are from Vietnam or India and the almonds are from Spain.
Does your cheese melt?
No. Although the cheese gets a bit softer when heated, these cheeses are designed to eat as they are – on crackers, sandwiches, on top of salads, soups or pasta. The cream cheese could be stirred into a pasta sauce right at the end or combined with baked or mashed potato.
How should I store my cheese?
Please keep the cheese refrigerated and if possible out of the wrapper. However, they are best consumed at room temperature.
Camembert Style: Best stored loosely wrapped in the refrigerator. If left unwrapped it will become harder, although should retain the flavour. If left wrapped and in plastic it tends to sweat and lose some of the white mold exterior. If this happens it is still fine to eat, but will become more pungent in aroma.
Cider Washed Rind and Rich Aged Dulse: Best stored loosely wrapped or unwrapped in the refrigerator.
Cream cheeses: please keep refrigerated
Almond Pyramid: Best stored loosely wrapped in the refrigerator. This cheese has a white mold exterior which will continue to grow if left. This is the same as a camembert rind.
Can I freeze it?
Some of the cheeses can be frozen – the cider washed rind and rich aged dulse. Please allow to defrost gradually in the fridge. Some people have found the cream cheeses freeze well, but they will need to be stirred once defrosted.
Will it age?
Not exactly. After a certain point, if kept unwrapped in the fridge, the cheese will become harder and develop a thicker rind, however it will also slowly lose its flavour. The Rich Aged Dulse has already been aged before it is ready for sale.
Can I eat your cheese if I have a nut allergy?
No. The only nuts we use in the cheeses are cashews and almonds. However the kitchen does handle other types of nuts.
I kept the cheese until after its best before date and there’s a spot of mould. Is the cheese still OK to eat if I cut it off?
It is similar to dairy cheese in that it is OK to cut around the mouldy spot and eat the remainder. However, beyond a certain point it does not really ‘age’, so it will lose its flavour eventually as it gets harder.
We endeavour to make sure the cheeses are in perfect condition when we dispatch them. However there are many variable circumstances that may result in changes to the cheese, either during transit or storage. If you are unsatisfied in any way with your cheese please do let us know so that we can rectify the situation.
Can I buy Mouse’s Favourite online?
We hope to have an online shop soon. If you would like to be kept informed about this, please email us so that we can add you to our mailing list.