Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked question

We specialize in making ethnic cheeses that originate from Portugal and Latin America primarily.  Our speciality lies in fresh and semi soft cheeses that are hand-molded utilizing traditional methods and recipes.

You can find our products at Chain & Independent grocery stores near you by clicking here. You can also purchase our products online and pick them up at our in-person store located at 4 Buckingham St Toronto, ON M8Y 2W1.

Yes, all of our products are available for wholesale. Please contact us at 416-259-4349 or email to discuss what information is required to set up an account with us.

Yes, we have an in-person store front located at 4 Buckingham St Toronto, ON M8Y 2W1. You can also pre-order our products online and pick them up at our store.

We recommend keeping them in the refrigerator at a temperature between 33-40°F (0-4°C). It is recommended to keep the cheese in its original packaging or wrap it tightly in plastic wrap to prevent it from drying out. Avoid storing fresh cheese with strong-smelling foods as it can absorb their flavors.

We recommend keeping them in the refrigerator at a temperature between 34-38°F (1-3°C). To maintain their texture and flavor, it's important to wrap the cheeses in wax or parchment paper, allowing them to breathe and avoiding moisture buildup that can lead to mold growth. Avoid using plastic wrap or airtight containers as they can cause the cheese to spoil faster. Don't forget to check the expiration date and enjoy your cheeses before they go bad.

Our cheeses are made using handcrafted traditional methods that have been passed down for generations. We use fresh, high-quality ingredients and follow strict guidelines to ensure that our cheeses are of the highest quality.

We use fresh Canadian natural ingredients with no preservatives for all of our cheeses. Our products are made using traditional, all-natural methods, with only salt used as a preservative. We are proud to follow the 100-Mile Diet and source our milk from Canadian farmers.

The 100-mile diet is a way of eating that emphasizes locally sourced food from within a 100-mile radius. We believe in supporting local businesses and farmers, which is why we only use locally sourced Canadian ingredients for our cheeses. This not only helps us maintain the quality and freshness of our products but also reduces our carbon footprint by minimizing transportation.

We use 100% cow's or 100% goat's milk, which is locally sourced from Canadian farmers. We are committed to using fresh, high-quality ingredients while following the 100-Mile Diet.

All of the cheese that we manufacture at Portuguese Cheese Company is rennet free.  However, the Imported St Jorge cheese (DOP) who’s recipe dates back to the 15th century, does contain rennet.  

If you have any dietary restrictions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out to us for more information.

All of our cheeses are produced locally in our Toronto facility.

These fresh cheeses truly evoke the ‘Old World’ tradition of cheesemaking.  Their shelf life is approximately two weeks and to maximize your enjoyment of the cheese, it is important that the cheese is kept refrigerated at all times and that there is absolutely NO DOUBLE DIPPING!   Portion out the amount you’d like to eat utilizing clean utensils & refrigerate the rest.  A good tip would be to think of treating this cheese in the same way that you would if you were eating ice cream. 

Our artisanal cheeses have won numerous awards, including awards from the American Cheese Society, the Royal Winter Fair, the Canadian Cheese Awards, and more. For a full list of awards, please see each product on our website.

We have also been featured on the Food Network with Cheese Master Afrim Pristine in the series:  Cheese a Love Story.

Although there is nothing harmful in the wax itself, we would recommend that you remove it before consuming the cheese.