If you’ve been reading my blog for very long, you have probably picked up on my love of cheese. Though, to be honest, I have been trying to tone it down lately, just in case my doctor is reading. Costco stores have great cheese selections, from the mundane slices of cheddar or the bags of shredded mozzarella, to the more interesting specialty cheeses, and things like stilton and gorgonzola. I love it all and pretty much only buy my cheese at Costco now, unless I’m in a cheese emergency. One thing that I always have in my fridge is my wedge of aged Parmesan in my fridge – either the Reggiano or the Stravecchio. So, with all of that in mind, it is only natural that I would feel compelled to write about this magnificent thing I ran across the other day at the Costco.com website.
There is an enormous round of Parmigiano Reggiano available at Costco.com now for anyone with a cheese love and a big budget to buy. Of course, most likely this is for a restaurant or catering company, not just a person…I hope! Because when I say enormous, I mean it: like 72 pounds of enormous. That is a big piece of cheese! The Kirkland Signature branded Parmigiano Reggiano has been imported from Italy where it has been aged for 24 months. Here’s the full description from the Costco website:
Parmigiano Reggiano Wheel approximately 72 lb.:
Imported from Italy and made with the freshest milk from the famous Parma and Reggio Emilio provinces in Italy, Parmigiano Reggiano is the apex of Italian cheese making and a symbol of Italian culture and civilization. Aged a minimum of 24 months, this product is brushed completely and regularly inspected to comply with the strict standards of the Consortium Parmigiano Reggiano. This extravagant blend of old world cheese making and unrivaled quality fuse to create a delicate and savory rich full flavor that has made Parmigiano Reggiano world renowned and an immediate favorite to those who try it. In addition to being eaten alone, shredded or grated Parmigiano Reggiano transforms any pasta, soup or salad into an exquisite gourmet experience.
Wine Pairing Suggestions:
Montepulciano, Pinot Grigio, Chianti and Merlot.
So, how much will a giant wheel of Kirkland Signature Parmigiano Reggiano set you back? A mere $899.99 or $12.50 per pound. But hey, at least that price covers the delivery with UPS 2nd Day Air; unless you live in Alaska or Hawaii where they’ll have to add a bit more for the shipping. If you want to order the big cheese, it will take about five business days from the time you order to receive your wheel of Parmigiano Reggiano, so plan ahead.
If Parmesan isn’t your thing, or you don’t have a $900.00 cheese budget, there are some other nice cheese selections available through Costco.com. These would be great if you’re having a party or something and need a nice selection but don’t want to take the time to source it all on your own.
Bur really, what do you think the weight limit is for the average fridge shelf? Hmmmmm……