Joy’s Tomato Basil Jack 8 oz. bar

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Sun-dried tomato and basil flavor this cheese bearing the name of the owner’s mother and daughter.

Approx. 8 oz.


Joy's Tomato Basil Jack

“summer’s traditional all-star combination of flavors: tomato and basil”

Sun-dried tomato and basil flavor this cheese bearing the name of the owner’s mother and daughter.

This delicious cheese incorporates summer’s traditional all-star combination of flavors:  tomato and basil.  “This combo is an ideal example of how even the simplest of food pairings, when ingredients are of quality, can become a dish to remember. It’s an ideal example of how you don’t always need a long list of ingredients or complex culinary procedures to put together something that tastes incredibly delicious.”  

As our entire family became involved in the business, it wasn’t long before some family names began to show up on the cheese labels! Joy’s Tomato Basil Jack was to be named after Dave’s mother Joy and her love for cooking.  “For as long as I can remember, my mother was always in the kitchen cooking.  Our house was always filled with the most incredibly enticing smells.”  Our oldest daughter is also named Joy.

Juli K

Joy’s Tomato Basil Jack with sun-dried tomatoes and basil . . . is going to be my go-to cheese for cheese trays and cracker snacking.  I loved that the flavor ingredients weren’t overpowering.  The freshness still came through.”

Jennifer Bender

“[Joy’s Tomato Basil] makes wonderful grilled cheese!”


Production Process

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 Joy’s Tomato 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 eight ounce bars.

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 very own Joy’s Tomato Basil Jack.

Semi-soft Cheese Family

Joy’s Tomato 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 red sun-dried tomatoes and green basil.
  • Texture: Semi-soft, pliable, creamy and smooth. Bites of chopped sun-dried tomatoes and basil throughout.
  • Flavor: Nice fresh creamy flavor. Sun-dried tomatoes. Basil.
  • Typical Composition: 44% maximum moisture, 50% milk fat solids. 
  • Performance Characteristics and Applications: Excellent melting cheese. Good for soups, sauces, toppings, casseroles, and pizzas. Also good slicing and shredding cheese for sandwiches and salads. 
  • Storage/Shelf Life: Joy’s Tomato 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.


  • Grill chicken and top with sautéed mushrooms and spinach and a thin slice of Joy’s Tomato Basil
  • Add to pasta salad
  • Makes wonderful grilled cheese!

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


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