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Caring for your Cheese

Simply Steps to Take Care of Your Cheese


Where to keep it

Many artisan cheeses are matured and stored in cellars and caves but for most of us this isn’t a possibility. The most convenient way to get the best out of your cheeses is to store them in the fridge preferably, in the vegetable draws where the humidity is likely to be higher and a bit more to their liking.

How to keep it

Humidity is also important with cheese, left open the cheese will most likely become too dry, but if wrapped in plastic film will likely become soggy and smelly. We wrap all our cut cheeses in waxed paper which is the best way to counteract these problems.

How to prepare it

We recommend that to get the best flavour from your cheese take it out of the fridge roughly 2 hours before you intend to serve it.

Use by & Best Before Dates

To give a brief background on these 2 terms and how they differ. Some cheeses will have a use by date, this in short is the date at which point after the food item should not be consumed for health and safety reasons. Best Before, and this is seen a lot on many cheeses related to at which point the food item is deemed to have reached its best, this is not to say

That after this point the food is any less safe or that it is inedible, in fact with many cheeses the flavours will continue to develop. A straight forward way to look at it is that the manufacturer or retailer believes that at this date, or just before, the item is at its best flavour. It is always best to try and buy cheeses that you intend to consume shortly that are reaching their best before date. Here at The Cheese Market we offer a “”Ripe & Ready” Service on checkout, by letting us know you would like cheeses getting close to their best flavour we will select whichever ones benefit from being close to their best before date and are in stock. We also offer a “Taste over Time” bar with most of the cheeses that’s flavours develop over time so you can choose when you want to use it.

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