Scientists created cheese to reduce the amount of time milkmen have to spend weeping over spills. Delve into deliverable dairy with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of cheese and other Ohio-made dairy products at Blue Jacket Dairy in Bellefontaine.
Following three generations of dairy farmers before him, Jim King and his wife, Angel, transform milk into artisan cheeses using small-scale equipment and the help of their entire family. Fresh from the cheesecloth, unaged ranch cheddar curds transform snacking habits ($5.72 for a half-pound), and the wizened 4- to 6-month-old ludlow digs sharp flavor into bucking burgers ($12.50/lb.). Boasting a higher-than-normal melting point, Blue Jacket’s signature Gretna Grillin’ cheese, a variety similar to halloumi cheese, develops a golden-brown crust full of secrets about late-night curdling when browned in a skillet ($6.48 for a half-pound). On the lighter side, Cornelia’s Lemon Jewel Quark makes its way toward the breakfast table to swathe berries in its lemon-zested fluff or smother lonely bagels with mild, creamy affection ($6.38 for a half-pound).
Blue Jacket Dairy
Though fourth-generation dairy farmer Jim King and his wife, Angel, craft the artisanal cheeses at Blue Jacket Dairy, it’s fair to say that the creamery is a fifth-generation family business. The youngest members of the King clan are already hard at work sticking labels on finished wedges of cheddar, quark, and mozzarella. The King family uses small-scale equipment to produce both fresh and aged cheeses, including its signature Gretna Grilling—a semisoft, halloumi-style cheese made with pasteurized whole milk. In addition to chèvre, mozzarella, and feta cheeses, Blue Jacket’s team makes small batches of Fresh Cheddar Curds, which it prepares plain or flavored with dill, chipotle, garlic, or ranch.