Storing your cheese: few tips for you
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Cheese is one of the products most chosen by our customers. We would like therefore to stress the importance of a proper usage and storage.
You can also find this information also in the Cheese section.
- Open the vacuum-seal packaging at least 10 minutes before using the product.
- In order for the cheese preserves all its flavor and its taste, remember to remove it from the refrigerator an hour or two before serving and bring it back to room temperature. You can dry it with a cloth or kitchen paper. This practice is especially useful if the cheese is vacuum-sealed.
- The cheese should never be frozen.
To store cheese and keep it fresh longer, you have to follow some easy rules to preserve taste and aroma. Our suggestions will help you avoid waste and preserve the cheese as long as possible without losing its flavor. You can apply these rules to preserve all kinds of cheese.
In general we can say that the main enemies of the cheese are 4:
Drying: Without the right humidity, the cheese dries out losing all its properties
The lack of air: Cheese keeps better if it can breathe.
Too cold: alters the organoleptic properties.
Too hot: increases chance of fermentation and perishability.
Keep it at the right temperature to maintain product quality: Fresh cheeses should be placed in the coldest part of the fridge (2° to 4 °C), aged cheeses in the warmest part of the fridge (8° and 10°) while all the other kind of cheese in the middle part of the fridge at 6° and 8 °. The important thing is that the cheese must never suffer temperature changes.
Never use the plastic wrap that comes with it ( if vacuum-sealed):
In this way you “suffocate” the cheese preventing it from breathing. In addition, the cheese is made mostly from oils and fats that in a short time will absorb the flavor of the plastic.
Store cheese in paper: For more or less aged cheese the best solution is to keep them in food paper. The paper is porous and protects the cheese from exposure to air, but at the same time allows him to breathe. Remember to replace it every time you consume the cheese.For fresh and soft cheese you can use food paper or parchment paper and then store them in an airtight container. The paper creates a barrier between cheese and plastic and allow the cheese to breathe, the container prevent it from drying out. Fresh cheeses must be consumed in a short time. Alternatively, cover the cheese with a slightly damp cloth, very good to keep the right moisture and make the cheese breathe.
Although packaged, cheeses must not remain in contact with unwashed vegetables and legumes, as this could cause bacterial contamination.
If you see mold on the cheese:
If you see some mold on your cheese don’t worry! Just remove the first slice. If you see mold on the crust of fresh cheeses use a kitchen sponge and warm water and allow to dry at room temperature. If mold appear on the crust of ripe cheese or semi-mature, rub the crust with a little of olive oil and let dry.