Pepperoni Augusto Jack

$5.99

With pizza ingredients like pepperoni and oregano, this is our most popular Monterey Jack cheese.

Approx. 8 oz.

Description

“pizza on a toothpick”

Full of flavor, this very popular cheese gets additions of pepperoni, garlic, and oregano, and is then rolled in special seasonings. Tastes like pizza!

Pepperoni Augusto Jack is our #2 most popular Monterey Jack Cheese!

This original cheese is packed with flavor!   We start with our creamy, mellow, Monterey Jack and add Italian seasonings and our specially prepared julienne cut pepperoni. Once aged, this cheese is carefully rolled by hand in tomato powder and oregano. Some customers call it “pizza on a toothpick.”

If a cheese could take on a personality, Pepperoni Augusto might be described as “the life of the party.”  It’s a cheese for every age group. Children love it for its pizza taste, and adults love it for the unique farm fresh quality, simple fresh ingredients, and unique flavor. Pepperoni Augusto works great on a cheese board or party platter, bringing a pop of color.   It also pairs well with meats such as ring bologna or beef sticks.

This cheese incorporates the names of three very outstanding men in the Rotelle family. It began with Dave’s grandfather who spent his whole life in the food distribution business. His name was August John Rotelle. Dave’s father walked in his father’s footsteps in the food industry. His name was also August John Rotelle. Our son,  August John Rotelle, “A.J.” is named after these special men and has carried the name into the third generation.

Did you guess the name of this cheese is a play on their name? Augusto!

Charlie J., Philadelphia, PA

“I put a big slice of it on my homemade chicken pizziola and it was my favorite part of the sandwich. This cheese would wonderfully complement a pizza.”

Juli K., Manchester, PA

“Pepperoni Augusto Jack . . . has pepperoni, garlic and oregano added to the cheese and then it’s rolled in seasonings before being wrapped in plastic.  It smells like pizza and even tasted like pizza.  I think I’m going to use it on a pizza!”

Ingredients

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 Pepperoni Augusto 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, original Pepperoni Augusto Jack.  This is a nod to our Italian ancestry and great love for pizza!

Semi-soft Cheese Family

Pepperoni Augusto 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

Source:

Reference Manual for US Cheeses

Attributes

  • Color: Creamy white with additions of red pepperoni, spices, and two sides rolled in tomato powder and oregano.
  • Texture: Semi-soft, pliable, creamy and smooth. Finely sliced pepperoni and spices sprinkled throughout.
  • Flavor: Delicate and buttery with a slight tartness. Tomato. Oregano. Garlic. Pepperoni.
  • Typical Composition: 44% maximum moisture, 50% milk fat solids. 
  • Performance Characteristics and Applications: Excellent melting cheese. Good for soups, sauces, toppings, casseroles, nachos, and pizzas. Also good slicing and shredding cheese for sandwiches and salads. 
  • Storage/Shelf Life: Pepperoni Augusto 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.

Uses

  • Pairs well with meats such as ring bologna or beef sticks
  • Works great on a cheese board or party platter, bringing a pop of color
  • Child-friendly cheese
  • Adds delicious flavor to sandwiches or wraps
  • Shred and add to pizza

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

Guarantee

We guarantee all products to arrive in satisfactory condition to the address given if delivery can be made when first attempted. Delivery services will not forward our packages and many of our gifts can’t stand reshipping. We cannot assume responsibility for perishable products if we are given an incorrect address.

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processing

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