Garlic & Basil Jack

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This cheese is a perfect compliment to any Italian dish and is delicious with crackers. Melted, it is delicious on meatball sandwiches, lasagna, baked ziti, or garlic bread

Approx. 8 oz.

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garlic and basil jack

“perfect compliment to Italian dishes”

This cheese is a perfect compliment to any Italian dish and is delicious with crackers. Melted, it is delicious on meatball sandwiches, lasagna, baked ziti, or garlic bread.

One bite of this cheese takes you to Italy or your favorite Italian restaurant. The flavors simply lend themselves well to many Italian dishes. I love to add this to the top of spaghetti pie, homemade meatball sandwiches, or an old family favorite, Meatball Volcanoes. It can substitute very easily for a mozzarella cheese. As with all of our Monterey Jack cheeses, it melts quickly and the herbs just pop their flavor when warmed up.

Having come from the original five cheese line up, we are proud to offer this satisfying cheese. Keep a spare one in your refrigerator to add that extra touch next time you make pasta!

Briana Thomas

“The Garlic & Basil Jack definitely had an Italian flair, with a well-defined flavor that wasn’t overwhelming. The garlic was more prominent than the basil, but the herb note was definitely there as well.”

“They have many unusual flavors of cheese and you can freely sample and compare. The garlic-basil made an excellent cheese toast later that week.”


Production Process of garlic and basil jack

Milk from a local dairy is first pasteurized before it is ready for cheesemaking.  When the milk is at ninety degrees the first ingredient, cheese culture, is added to the milk.  Cheese culture, which activates the milk and turns the milk sugars into lactic acid, is also a key ingredient to identifying the cheese’s character after aging.  The next ingredient added is rennet.  This ingredient is an enzyme that causes the milk to coagulate, a very fascinating part of cheese making, as the cheese sets up like custard in approximately twenty minutes.

It is then time to cut the curd.  This is done by placing curd knives into the vat.  These curd knives are basically sets of wires that run horizontally and vertically and cut the entire vat from top to bottom into quarter inch cubes.  These cubes are very soft and fragile at first but as they cook, they firm up and continue to release more whey.  Cooking the curd is a very delicate process as we heat the vat with steam from ninety degrees to 102 degrees only allowing it to rise two degrees every five minutes.  When the curd is completely cooked we will have 600 pounds of curds from 6000 pounds of milk.  Approximately ten percent becomes cheese.

Monterey Jack cheese is a washed curd.  Monterey Jack, Colby, and Longhorn are all examples of washed curd cheeses.  After the whey is drained, we add water back to the vat and rinse the curd.  The next step is to dry the curd.  After the curd is sufficiently dried, we add salt to neutralize the acidity in the cheese.  The salt also acts as a natural preservative.  The whey that has been drained is eventually spread on neighboring farm fields as fertilizer.  Whey is a byproduct of cheese making but when processed, can be found in other foods we eat as well as some animal feeds.

It is at this point that we add the specific ingredients that give Garlic & Basil Jack it’s unique flavor. The hoops are lined with cheesecloth, and once filled are all ready to go into the press.  When put under pressure, the curds knit together to form perfect blocks of cheese.  More whey will be expelled from the blocks while under pressure.  The next day the cheese will be removed from the press. It is then packed air tight and placed into aging.  Our Monterey Jack cheese is a fresh cheese and ages for about one to two months before cutting into loaves.

Meatball volcanoes

  • 1 ½ lb ground beef
  • 2 eggs
  • ¾ cup tomato juice
  • 1 ½ cup quick oats
  • ¼ cup chopped onion
  • ¼ Tbsp. dry mustard
  • 1 Tbsp. worcestershire sauce
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • 1 ½ tsp pepper

Mix together, shape into meatballs and put a one inch piece of Garlic & Basil Jack in center.  Pour 1 cup of tomato juice over the top.  Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes.

monterey jack history

An American original, Monterey Jack was first invented and made in Monterey Bay, California by Spanish Franciscan missionaries during the late 1700s and early 1800s.  In 1882, David Jacks, a dairy owner and businessman began marketing it throughout Monterey and eventually all throughout California. People soon began to refer to this semi-soft, white creamy cheese as “Jack’s Monterey” or Monterey Jack’s Cheese” eventually earning the name Monterey Jack.

Over the years this simple cheese has been flavored in many different versions, including our Garlic & Basil Jack.

Semi-soft Cheese Family

Garlic & Basil Jack is a flavored Monterey Jack cheese.  Monterey Jack is a semi-soft cheese.  It shares this family with the following similar cheese types:

  • Brick, dry- and washed-rind
  • Fontina
  • Havarti
  • Limburger
  • Muenster
  • Pepper Jack


Reference Manual for US Cheeses


  • Color: Creamy white with additions of green basil.
  • Texture: Semi-soft, pliable, creamy and smooth.
  • Flavor: Delicate and buttery with a slight tartness. Garlic. Basil
  • Typical Composition: 44% maximum moisture, 50% milk fat solids. 
  • Performance Characteristics and Applications: Excellent melting cheese. Good for soups, sauces, toppings, nachos, and casseroles. Also good slicing and shredding cheese for sandwiches and salads. 
  • Storage/Shelf Life: Garlic & Basil Jack can be stored in the refrigerator for up to six months, unopened. Cut pieces should be wrapped tightly in barrier film and stored away from other pungent foods, as these cheeses will pick up flavors and aromas quickly. Proper sanitation when handling these cheeses will greatly increase their shelf life and quality. Freezing is not recommended.
  • Curing/Aging: 1 to 3 months.


  • Shred and top meatball sandwiches, baked ziti, spaghetti pie, lasagna, or garlic bread.
  • Meatball Volcanoes

Key Benefits: Easy melting. Good slicing and shredding. Convenient forms and flavors.


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