Simon’s Guide To Cheese

Here are some of our top tips to guide you through types of cheese, storage and uses for them. Read on for our Guide To Cheese.

 

Soft Cheese tend to be the most popular, making centre stage of cheeseboards with their creamy and rich flavour. They are perfectly paired with fruits as well as gourmet sandwiches. We love camembert with roast turkey and chicken. Not too mention brie tastes divine with leg ham.  Types include; Brie, Camembert, Triple Cream. Storage tips; Keep cheese in it’s original wrapper or in a wax-proof / grease-proof paper allowing it too breathe and not sweat.

Blue Cheese are well known by there blue/green streaky appearance and strong odor. It’s a unique flavoured cheese that some tend to avoid but we love it’s full flavoured taste. For people afraid of blue cheese, try pairing it with a fruit paste as this softens the bold flavour or try a blue cheese dressing or sauce which is absolutely scrumptious with chicken wings!  Types include; Danish Style Blue, Blue Brie, Triple Cream Blue, Ashed Blue, Gorgonzola Blue. Storage tips; like soft cheese, wrap in breathable wax-proof paper.

Cheddar Cheese is our go-to, most versatile type of cheese, with many a large range of flavours from mild to sharp. Delicious for all types of sandwiches especially with chutneys, on a burger, grilled on toast, pasta bake, quiches or grated in soup. Types include; Mild, Colby, Tasty (Semi and Matured), Vintage and Club. Storage tips; loosely wrap in plastic.

Eye Cheese have a mild smooth and subtle sweet or nutty taste with a hole or eye like appearance. Ideal on a cheese platter, fondues, with thick crusty bread, melted or sliced/shaved on a sandwich. Types include; Swiss, Gouda, Edam, Havarti. Storage tips; Cover in plastic wrap leaving the rind uncovered to breathe.

Stretched Curd Cheese have a soft mild flavour with a stringy texture. Delicious paired with antipastos, great melted as it adds texture to meals, or added to salads, pizzas and pastas. Types include; Bocconcini, Haloumi, Mozzarella. Storage tips; Keep bocconcini and halloumi in the fridge in their natural brine. Keep mozzarella in the packaging they are sold in.

Fresh Unripened Cheese have a delicious delicate milky flavour with a soft moist texture. These cheeses tend to be low in fat and are great for a substitute for low-fat meals. Great for sandwiches, salads, pastas, pizzas, pastries and even desserts. Try marinating them in herbs and spices and adding to your next cheeseboard. Types include; Cream Cheese, Cottage Cheese, Fetta, Goats Cheese, Quark, Mascarpone, Ricotta. Storage tips; keep in fridge in a sealed container.

Hard Cheese have a sharp robust flavoured due to be a matured cheese. They have a grainy crumbly texture. These cheeses are perfect for grating or shaved on soups, salads, vegetables or pastas. Types include; Parmesan, Romano, Pecorino, Pepato. Storage tips; Cover with plastic wrap or aluminum foil. Note: They can last up to 12 months in a fridge.

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