Take premium-quality Stilton, cut it into a cylindrical shape, insert it into a stoneware crock, seal the top with wax and voila - you have the perfect cheese gift! The tradition of storing Stilton in a crock began before the days of widespread refrigeration as a method of safely preserving the cheese. In the crock, Stilton can be safely stored unrefrigerated for up to one week. Over time, people decided that the crock was as ornamental as it was functional. Today, Stilton crocks are sold as gifts to fine food lovers around the world.