BelGioioso cheeses are made with fresh, natural ingredients, so refrigeration is necessary.
All BelGioioso cheeses are rBST Free.
Our farmers have signed a pledge not to treat their cows with rBST. The FDA has said no significant difference has been shown and no test can distinguish between milk from rBST cows and untreated cows.
Vegetarian Cheeses (made with non-animal enzymes)
Mascarpone, Tiramisù Mascarpone and Crema di Mascarpone™
Ricotta con Latte®
Gluten Free Cheeses
All BelGioioso cheeses are gluten free.
Kosher Certified Cheeses
BelGioioso Mascarpone, Crema di Mascarpone™, Tiramisù Mascarpone, Fresh Mozzarella Slicing Loaf, Ricotta Salata, Smoked Fresh Mozzarella, and Ricotta con Latte® (Whole Milk, Part Skim Milk, and Impastata) are certified kosher.
BelGioioso Best By Dates
We recommend consuming BelGioioso cheeses prior to the best by date printed on the package. Often, BelGioioso cheeses maintain a high level of quality past their best by dates; however, after this date, it becomes more likely that the flavor and texture may not be ideal.
BelGioioso Storage Recommendations
The best by date refers only to unopened packages. Opening a package exposes the cheese to air and creates a potential for contamination or mold development to occur. Always try to consume our cheeses promptly. However, we understand that this is not always possible, and the following are BelGioioso storage recommendations:
Fresh Mozzarella (packaged in water)
Remove lid, gently open seal with a knife and drain liquid. Remove desired amount of product from cup with a clean utensil and leave the remaining product in cup. Replace lid and refrigerate immediately. Best enjoyed within 1 to 2 days. We do not recommend freezing BelGioioso Fresh Mozzarella.
Fresh Mozzarella (packaged without water)
Open package, slice, and remove desired amount of product. Keep remaining product in original packaging and seal with plastic wrap. Best enjoyed within 1 to 2 days. We do not recommend freezing BelGioioso Fresh Mozzarella.
Remove plastic wrapper and open gold foil. Thinly slice off the rind before serving. Seal any remaining product with plastic wrap. Refrigerate up to 1 week.
Crumbly Gorgonzola wedge
Remove plastic wrapper and open foil. Seal any remaining product with plastic wrap. Refrigerate up to 1 week.
Mascarpone, Crema Di Mascarpone, and Tiramisù Mascarpone
Consume BelGioioso Mascarpone products at time of opening for optimum quality. Refrigerate any remaining product in original cup and finish within 3 to 5 days. We do not recommend freezing any variety of BelGioioso Mascarpone.
Handling Tips for Mascarpone
• Mascarpone cheese is very delicate. If Mascarpone becomes warm before adding other ingredients, the texture of the cheese
will become thick and grainy and may not combine well, so keep refrigerated until ready to use.
• If you will be using only a portion of Mascarpone cheese from the container, peel back the protective film only a small amount
and use a clean utensil to spoon out the amount of cheese you will need.
• BelGioioso Mascarpone is made with natural ingredients and no preservatives, so if the cheese is exposed to bacteria from
your hands or used utensils, there is a good chance mold will grow on the cheese.
• Return Mascarpone to refrigeration as soon as you are done using it.
After initial opening, return remaining cheese to original package and refrigerate. Consume within 3-4 days. Unopened BelGioioso sliced cheeses may be frozen for up to 60 days. Thaw frozen product in refrigerator before consuming. Consume thawed sliced cheese within 3 to 4 days.
Grated, Shaved, Shredded and Crumbled Cheeses
After initial opening, freeze remaining product in original cup to prevent contamination or molding. Unopened cups of BelGioioso cheeses may be frozen for up to 60 days.
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