Camembert cheese is a soft, creamy cow's milk cheese originating from the Normandy region in France. It is characterized by its edible bloomy rind, which encases a velvety, buttery interior. Camembert shares similarities with its cousin, Brie, in its rich flavor profile that contains hints of earthiness and subtle mushroom undertones.
Often served at room temperature, Camembert makes an excellent addition to cheese boards or simply paired with crusty bread and fruit. It can also be baked in the oven until gooey and molten, perfect for dipping or spreading on accompaniments, making it a versatile option for home cooks and cheese lovers alike.
Cooking with Camembert cheese often comes with a few common challenges. Mostly, people struggle with the distinct smell, perfect baking time and not knowing how to pair it with other ingredients. Camembert cheese is packed with flavor so the impact it has on a dish can't be understated. One common mistake people make is thinking it's just like Brie and treating it the same way. While similar, the flavor of camembert has the potential to be deeper and more rustic; also it's perfect for baking, something not recommended with all types of Brie. People also often use it when it's too cold, making it difficult for the cheese to reach its full flavor potential. Bringing it to room temperature before serving allows its full range of flavors to fully develop. A little known trick for this cheese is wrapping it in a pastry with flavors like rosemary or garlic or even drizzling it with some honey before baking to bring out its rich flavor.
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Expiration & Storage Tips
When does camembert cheese expire?
Unopened Camembert cheese can last up to 3 weeks in the refrigerator if kept at a temperature near 0°C (32°F). If you peek into the package and notice the cheese is a bit too ripe, don’t be alarmed. Simply put it in the fridge and it will slow down the aging process. Once opened, Camembert cheese should be eaten within a week, but always trust your nose as an indicator for freshness. Freezing is not typically recommended for Camebert cheese as it can alter the texture, but if you must freeze it, it can last up to 6 months. To defrost, thaw slowly in the refrigerator.
How do you tell if camembert cheese is bad?
One of the telltale signs of bad camembert cheese is a very strong ammonia smell. It is natural for this cheese to have a mild ammonia aroma due to the aging process, but when the smell becomes overpowering, this is a sign that the cheese is no longer good. The texture of the cheese could also indicate whether it's past its prime. If it is too hard or dry, or if it appears slimy, it's time to get rid of it. Unexpected colors like blue, green, or black spots also indicate mold growth beyond the usual white to beige rind, and you should not consume the cheese.
Tips for storing camembert cheese to extend shelf life
• Always store Camembert cheese in the fridge when not consuming it.
• Keep it in the vegetable crisper where humidity is higher, this will help it maintain its texture.
• Wrap the cheese in special cheese paper, or wax paper if unavailable, and then loosely in plastic wrap. Don’t use aluminium foil as it can affect the taste.
• Don’t cut the cheese into small pieces while storing; this will make it dry out faster.
• If you must freeze it, wrap it well in plastic and place inside a freezer bag to protect against freezer burn.
• When ready to eat, let it come to room temperature to fully enjoy its flavors.