Frequently asked questions

 

Cooking

Which goat cheese is the best substitute for sour cream or crème fraiche in my recipe?

Our Plain Chef’s Chèvre is the best substitute for sour cream or crème fraiche; it’s our highest moisture goat cheese, made from local fresh milk. It will bring a delicious and light taste of goat cheese to your recipe, plus 45% less fat compared to crème fraiche. It’s a win-win!

 

Nutrition & Health

Are your products allergen-free?

Our products are free from eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, soy, wheat and gluten.

Is vitamin D added to your cheeses?

We do not add vitamins to our products, however vitamin D is already in the milk. Products such as butter, cheese, yogurt, eggs and fish are the richest sources of vitamin D.

Are your products organic?

Our products are not organic, however our products are made with all natural, fresh domestic milk in high-quality conditions in our certified dairy.

Does cheese have less lactose than milk?

Yes. Cheese is made from milk with an added bacterial culture. This culture will consume almost all of the lactose in the milk while producing a distinct flavor. When cheese is made, the culture converts the lactose, or milk sugar, into lactic acid. This is the fermentation process that makes cheese. This is why cheese may be a good source of dairy for people who have difficulty digesting lactose.

What type of rennet do you use to make your cheese?

We only use a microbial (non-animal) rennet, suitable for vegetarians, to make our cheeses.

Are your cheeses gluten-free?

Yes, all our cheeses are gluten-free.

Are your products kosher?

Our following products are certified Kosher by Kashruth Certification:

Fresh: Chef’s Chèvre / Chabis (all varieties) / Logs (Plain, Honey, Garlic & Chives) / Marinated Cabecou (all varieties)

Aged: Crottin / Taupiniere / Buchette (all varieties)

 

Cheese

Can I freeze my cheese?

It is not recommended to freeze cheeses. The freezing process kills the cultures and compromises the flavor and texture of the cheese.

How do I open my Cabecou jar?

Look at the back of the jar, and you have an easy-open tab located approximatively above the nutrition fact table. Tear the little plastic piece, then simply lift the lid -- voila!

How do I open Laura Chenel’s Chabis?

To open Chabis, lightly pull off the back label, then tear off the pre-cut tab along the dotted line and enjoy!

How do I open Laura Chenel‘s Log?

To open our log, look for the non-sealed corner of the film, then pull it off and enjoy!

How many days can I keep my cheese after opening?

Properly stored in the fridge and wrapped in plastic or in a box, our cheeses can be kept 5 to 7 days after opening.

 

Milk / Curd / Goat

Are your products pasteurized?

Yes. All of our products are pasteurized. The U.S. law requires that all fresh cheeses that are aged less than 60 days have to be pasteurized. 

Where does the milk come from?

Our milk is exclusively sourced from our partners’ farms in the Western U.S. We are committed to high-quality local farming to deliver the finest goat cheese.

What are goats fed?

Unlike cows which are grazers, goats like to browse on the tips of woody shrubs and trees, as well as the occasional broad-leaved plant. Our goats are fed primarily with alfalfa, a high-protein type of hay, two to three times a day. While alfalfa represents 80% of their diet, their feed is complemented with grain to ensure they have all the right nutrients needed to produce the best milk.

Where does the feed come from?

All our producers source their feed from the West Coast; this region is one of the top producers of alfalfa, grains, and almonds, which is the staple of our goats’ nutrition.

Is the milk free of antibiotics?

Yes. All our milk is tested for antibiotics prior to receiving it at the creamery.

Do you use milk from animals that have been treated with growth hormones (rBST)?

No. We purchase milk that is rBST-free. As part of our contract, the use of hormones is prohibited. All the farmers who are working for us have an exclusive contract, which includes these requirements.

Do you use Imported frozen curd?

No. We do not use imported frozen curd to handcraft our Laura Chenel’s chèvres. We love our terroir and we are proud to be committed to local farming.

Are your products GMO free?

Although not certified GMO free, our cheeses are made with non-GMO goat’s milk.

How are the goats raised?

On each farm the goats live outside, with plenty of room to trot and play. Of course, they have shelter to protect themselves from the sun, wind, or rain.

 

Miscellaneous

Where can I find your products?

Our products are sold in many specialty food stores, cheese shops, and retailers such as Whole Foods Markets, Oliver’s, Safeway, and Stop & Shop. Please visit laurachenel.com/store-locator/

Can I visit Laura Chenel's creamery?

In order to protect the quality and freshness of our cheese, we are unable to allow tours or visitors at this time.