Our Cheese

13 February 2013

Dry Monterey Jack

Posted in Our Cheese

Cheese of the Month

Dry Monterey Jack

Rumiano Cheese Company deals with thousands of varieties of cheese every year. Imported cheese from Europe, or domestic cheese we've made ourselves, it can get a little overwhelming when looking at an item sheet. The aim of this series is to keep you, the customer, in touch with what we offer, on a slightly more intimate level. 

19 October 2012

California Milk Advisory Board - Real California Cheese

Written by Owen Rumiano, Posted in Our Cheese

Get $.55 off of any California Cheese or dairy product!

California Milk Advisory Board - Real California Cheese

"Happy cows come from California," right? Well we'd like to think so, and we can thank the California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB) for this familiar and catchy saying that is undoubtedly true. Since Rumiano Cheese Company is a California company, we work closely with the CMAB to help promote California dairies and cheese companies.

30 August 2012

Two Factories, One Goal PT. II

Written by Owen Rumiano, Posted in Our Cheese

Getting to know the Willows cheese factory

Two Factories, One Goal PT. II

Last week we talked about the Rumiano Cheese Co. factory in Crescent City, where the hearty milk of California's Northern Coast is taken to be magically transformed into a thing of beauty, Rumiano cheese. But, once the cheese-making is over, where does it go? The next step is a bit more technological, as the 40-pound blocks of cheese are then sliced, diced, bagged and wrapped in the last stop, Willows. 

Willows, California is a small town of about 6,000 people in Northern California -- just north of Sacramento about 90 miles. The intense heat of the summer months (it's about 102°F as of the writing of this article) are far too stressful for dairy cows. However, because Willows is the home of the Rumiano family business and is centrally located in California it was important to keep the Willows factory in addition to the Crescent City factory.

Welcome to Willows!

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23 August 2012

Two Factories, One Goal

Written by Owen Rumiano, Posted in Our Cheese

An Intro to the Crescent City cheese Factory

Two Factories, One Goal

At Rumiano Cheese Co. we pride ourselves on being transparent. With the great influx of new followers we have online, we would like to give you an introduction to the factories that produce Rumiano Cheese.

The Rumiano Brothers had eight cheese factories in California and Oregon in the 1930s, including factories in Willows and Crescent City, California. With the advent of modern cheesemaking practices and "modern" refrigeration the company consolidated and closed most of its factories, except for Willows (hometown of the Rumiano family) and Crescent City. The Crescent City was kept because of the unbeatable quality of milk found in the surrounding area. . A mild and wet climate in the region create natural grasses that are very conducive to high quality milk and cheese production. Crescent City is a secluded town in Del Norte on the northernmost tip California's beautiful coast.

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14 May 2012

Gluten In Cheese

Written by Owen Rumiano, Posted in Our Cheese

Factors of gluten contamination in cheese and dairy

Gluten In Cheese

Gluten is a protein found in foods made with wheat and related grains. It gives an elasticity to dough which helps its shape form when rising and is used as an additive to foods that are low on protein. The grains we eat today were introduced almost ten thousand years ago by people in the "Far East." Eventually the Romans brought grains throughout Europe, but it took almost a thousand years before they were affordable and easy enough to produce to be found in every kitchen. Today, grains are more glutinous than grains from past centuries due to newly developed agricultural practices. As long as gluten has been in the diet of humans, we are only now finding that it can pose a threat to the human body.

Over the past decade, there has been an astronomical push to support the gluten-free diet. It is said to be sabotaging the health of Celiac patients, and even those without the disease. There are, "...more than 300 symptoms of Celiac Disease." From abdominal pains, to depression and irritability, the gluten intolerent and Celiac Disease sufferers must be very weary of their diets. According to the Mayo Clinic, Celiac Disease and gluten intolerance, "...is over four times more common today than it was 50 years ago."

30 March 2012

Rumiano Cheese Company: The Organic Verified Non-GMO Cheese

Written by Owen Rumiano, Posted in Non-GMO, Our Cheese

An inside look at the Non-GMO Project and becoming verified non-GMO

Rumiano Cheese Company: The Organic Verified Non-GMO Cheese

Written in collaboration with Joby Rumiano

The Non-GMO Project is an organization created to bring awareness to the ever-growing market of genetically engineered foods in the United States. It is America's only third-party verification for the production of non-GMO (genetically modified organism) food products. This nonprofit's mission is simple; they are committed to preserving and building sources of non-GMO products, educating consumers, and providing verified non-GMO choices.

The Non-GMO Project began with natural food retailers who were interested in having readily available information on the genetically modified foods America was consuming and the potential risks of doing so. The organization pushed for the labeling of genetically modified organisms in foods and became the only third-party verification program for non-GMO products. In 2008, the program added the first products to the verified non-GMO lists and has been growing ever since.

The list of verified non-GMO products includes everything from soy milk to body lotion, but until 2011 there were no verified cheese products. Because of our interest in supplying a nutritious and healthy product, Rumiano Cheese Company, after insuring that all of the ingredients in the supply chain in the production of our cheese were non-GMO, went on to verify that the feed the dairy cows were consuming was non-GMO as well. As a result of these efforts, Rumiano cheese became the first ever organic verified non-GMO cheese in the world.

06 March 2012

Video of VP John Rumiano on the World's first Organic Non-GMO Cheese

Written by Owen Rumiano, Posted in Non-GMO, Our Cheese

An inside look at Rumiano Cheese

Video of VP John Rumiano on the World's first Organic Non-GMO Cheese

We have just released our latest video highlighting the Rumiano Cheese Company's production process. First, John Rumiano, Vice President, passionately discusses the production attributes of Rumiano's conventional and organic verified non-GMO cheese. He explains how the damp coastal weather of Crescent City, California -- where all Rumiano milk is produced -- allows the Rumiano Cheese Company to make some of the finest possible dairy products in the world. He also notes the importance and pride in being the world's first verified non-GMO cheese. Secondly, John explains that the cheese Rumiano produces has always been the way it is today. We have always used wholesome grass-fed milk and an organic production process; the only difference being, Rumiano Cheese is now verified organic and non-GMO (which is the first of its kind). Finally, the video encompasses the love that each party has for the process in making Rumiano Cheese. The dairy farmers love their animals, the same as the Rumiano Cheese Company loves their cheese, and because of their combined passion, a quality product is made.

13 February 2012

The Cheese Must Arrive on Time

Written by Owen Rumiano, Posted in History, Our Cheese

The Values of Hard Work

The Cheese Must Arrive on Time

Perhaps the most valuable pearl of wisdom I've learned growing up was, work hard. I've definitely attempted to keep this mindset alive to some degree. Around the age of eleven or twelve, my dad, John Rumiano (VP of Rumiano Cheese), was unloading trucks multiple nights a week. When Tuesday night came around, my twin brother Raymond and I would look forward to "helping" him load and unload trucks -- although our size restricted helping him.

31 October 2011

Healthy Benefits of Grass-Fed Dairy

Posted in Sustainability, Our Cheese, Our Farms

Why Rumiano Supports Pasture-Based Dairies

Healthy Benefits of Grass-Fed Dairy

The great health benefits and top quality of grass-fed dairy are no surprise to the team at Rumiano Cheese Company. We use locally sourced milk from pasture-raised cows for all of our dairy products. (Read more about Our Farms to learn all the details on that.)

Jo Robinson's article Super Natural Milk provides great examples of just why we're so committed to our top-quality dairy ingredients. Grass-fed milk has more of the balanced EFAs (essential fatty acids), beneficial fats, beta-carotene, and vitamins A and E—all elements that keep our bodies in healthy balance!

To learn more, read about grass-fed dairy and farming at eatwild.com.

01 September 2011

Rumiano Verified as First Non-GMO Cheese

Posted in Non-GMO, Sustainability, Our Cheese

Rumiano Cheese Joins the Non-GMO Project

Rumiano Verified as First Non-GMO Cheese

We are proud to announce that our entire organic cheese line, organic butter, and organic WPC-80% are the first in the world to achieve Non-GMO Project Verification. Our family-owned business has been producing all natural, grass–fed, rBST-free, kosher, real California cheese for over 90 years and is California’s oldest family-owned cheese company.

The Non-GMO Project, a non-profit organization created by U.S and Canadian natural and organic products companies, offers consumers a non-GMO choice for organic and natural products that are produced without genetic engineering or recombinant DNA technologies. The Non-GMO Project verifies all types of products. More information is available at nongmoproject.org.

“As a company that has built its reputation and success on making the highest quality and purest cheese products, being the first Non-GMO Project Verified organic cheese company is a real feather in our cap,” says Joby Rumiano, fourth-generation owner of Rumiano Cheese. “We are committed to providing our customers with not only the best tasting cheese, but also products that are produced in the most sustainable, humane and environmentally conscious manner.”

01 May 2011

Our Smoked Mozzarella in the Grilled Cheese Invitational

Posted in Company News, Events, Our Cheese

Chef Micah Fields Winning Sandwich features Rumiano Cheese

Our Smoked Mozzarella in the Grilled Cheese Invitational

This year's entertaining and delicious Annual Grilled Cheese Invitational in Los Angeles featured Rumiano Cheese in the winning sandwich by Micah Fields, Executive Chef at The Standard Hotel.

Chef Fields won his round of "The Hot Knives Thunderdome" with his recipe for The Melted Mushroom, which included our very own Rumiano Smoked Mozzarella, along with bacon bread, wild mushrooms and ramp vinaigrette.

Congratulations to Chef Fields for his delicious creation! For our version of Chef Field's award-winning combination, see The Melted Mushroom in our Recipe Collection.

15 August 2009

Top Awards for Rumiano at 2009 American Cheese Society

Posted in Company News, Our Cheese

Rumiano Cheese Wins 1st and 2nd Place Awards

Top Awards for Rumiano at 2009 American Cheese Society

Rumiano Cheese Company won 1st and 2nd place awards at the 2009 American Cheese Society (ACS) Judging and Competition in Austin, Texas. Both awards were in the American Originals category.

The 1st place award was for Rumiano's Old Fashioned Monterey Jack under Monterey Jack - Cows Milk - Open Category Made from Cows Milk. The 2nd place award was for its Dry Monterey Jack under the Open Category Made from Cows Milk.

"We are extremely happy and proud of everyone involved with Rumiano Cheese Company for receiving these awards in this prestigious contest. Rumiano Cheese Company has always put forth a team effort, from the dairies to the stores. Rumiano Cheese Company is proud of everyone involved in the making and distribution of its products,” says Joby Rumiano.

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