Cheese making (and eating) is believed to date back as far as 8000 BC.
Calling someone “THE BIG CHEESE” originally referred to the wealthiest, who could afford full wheels of cheese.
Most cheese is made from cow, sheep, or goat’s milk, but there is a farm in Sweden that makes moose cheese!
As soon as a cheese wheel is cut, the aging process stops, so the cut cheese does not get better with age. Buy only what you will consume in a few days for the freshest-tasting cheese.
While you can safely cut mould off the outside of a hard cheese, any fresh cheese with mould on it should be thrown out. An ammonia (a by-product of the cheese-making process) smell does not necessarily mean the cheese is spoiled. Taste the cheese to make sure it is still fresh.
Hard cheeses are pressed during the cheese making process to remove as much moisture as possible. For this reason they keep much longer than soft cheeses.
Fresh cheeses such as ricotta, burrata, and cottage cheese should not have much of an aroma – if they have a strong smell, they are likely spoiled. These should be kept for a maximum of 7-10 days.
Proper Storing: store soft cheese in waxed paper, and be sure to press the paper right against the runny part of the cheese (known as the “paste”). This allows moisture to evaporate, but maintains the humidity in the cheese. Then place the wrapped cheese in a loose plastic bag or in plastic wrap. Cheese is a living and breathing thing, so it needs air. Cheese paper is specifically made to maintain partial air and moisture, but waxed or parchment paper will also do the trick.
As cheese sits, its moisture collects at the bottom. Soft cheeses should be turned over every few days to distribute the moisture and oil content.
A TUROPHILE is a connoisseur of cheese. It can also be for a lover of cheese, therefore I am a Turophile.