Cheese is a versatile dairy product derived from the curdling of milk proteins, predominantly produced from cow's milk, but also from the milk of goats, sheep, and buffalo. Produced in varieties that range from soft and creamy to hard and crumbly, cheese is valued for its rich, complex flavor profile and impressive culinary applications. Often enjoyed as a standalone snack or appetizer, cheeses can be added to a vast array of dishes, enhancing their flavor and elevating the texture. Common uses include melting cheeses over pasta, grating over salads, and incorporating into sandwiches or desserts.
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Cheese FAQ
Cooking with cheese can be tricky as different types require different handling techniques. Soft cheeses like ricotta or mozzarella are often best used fresh, and work really well when used in dishes where their creamy, light flavor can shine, like lasagna or pizza to create a gooey, melty texture. When using firmer cheeses like cheddar, parmesan, or gouda, they’re often times grated or sliced thinly and used to add a robust, rich flavor to pasta, soups, or salads. Discoloration or hardening on the surface is quite common and doesn't mean you have to throw the cheese out. Just cut the affected part and the rest is still good to use. Common mistakes people make when cooking with cheese include using the wrong type of cheese for a specific dish, which can result in flavors not complementing each other. Coating cheese in flour before melting it in a sauce can help prevent it from clumping together. Another trick to get the most out of your cheese is to serve it at room temperature when it's being eaten raw to maximize its flavor profile. One little known tip is to save hard cheese rinds, like Parmesan rinds, for added flavor to your pasta sauces, soups or stews. They impart deep umami taste.
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Expiration & Storage Tips
When does cheese expire?
Cheese expiration guidelines vary greatly depending on the type of cheese. Hard cheeses like cheddar or parmesan can last 3-6 months unopened in the fridge, and 3-4 weeks once opened if stored properly. Softer cheeses like brie or camembert can last 1-2 weeks after their sell by date if unopened, but should be consumed within a week once opened. You can also freeze cheese, but it tends to change the texture, making it crumbly and hard to slice. Best to use defrosted cheese for cooking or melting.
How do you tell if cheese is bad?
If cheese has developed an off smell, or visible mold that is not part of the original cheese (blue or vein cheeses are exceptions as they supposed to have mold), it's likely that it has gone bad. Furthermore, if the cheese has become excessively hard or dried out beyond its regular texture, it's probably past its prime. It's important to remember that while you can cut mold off of hard cheese and still consume it, this is not safe to do with soft cheese.
Tips for storing cheese to extend shelf life
• Wrap cheese in wax paper or parchment paper. This lets the cheese breathe and prevents it from drying out. • Store cheese in the vegetable drawer of your fridge. The humidity in this compartment is most favorable for preserving cheese. • Don't store cheese with strong-smelling foods. Cheese can absorb the odors of nearby foods leading to an unappetizing taste. • If freezing cheese, grate it first then store in freezer-friendly bags. Defrost in the refrigerator overnight before using.
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