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Store the flavour of your cheeses with proper refrigeration

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Most cheese lovers preoccupy themselves with choosing the right cheese at the shop. But to enjoy the flavour you’ve picked at leisure in your home requires extra care.

There are many different types of cheeses which have different textures, ingredients and moisture content. While there is no universal way to categorise cheese, the most commonly used standard is that of the moisture content, which determines how soft or hard the cheese is.

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Storing cheeses properly contributes to increased longevity and retention of flavour.

As a general rule, hard cheeses can be stored longer than soft cheeses. Hard cheeses can be kept up to a couple of months, while soft cheese needs proper storage if you want to keep it for up to two weeks.

Moisture, or the control of it, plays an important part in most forms of food preservation. With cheese, keeping it fresh is a matter of preventing dehydration and the formation of mould. Noting the type of cheese and how you store it in your refrigerator is therefore key to not just extending the longevity of your favourite fromage, but the retention of its flavour, too.

As such, controlling the humidity and air-flow in the fridge helps to keep cheeses of all types fresh. Fridges with crisper compartments like the ERE6100SX/SV regulates humidity within the compartment separately, and can help to preserve cheeses stored there longer. Its multi-airflow system ensures that the temperature in the fridge remains at a constant, optimum temperature for food storage.

The Ebony fridge has a special diary compartment made especially to store diary products like cheeses.

The ESE7007BF Ebony range refrigerator takes it a step further with a separate compartment for diary products that includes a lid. As weaker flavoured cheeses are prone to picking up the flavours of other food in the fridge, especially strong smelling items like durian or other cheese, it is advisable to keep them away from such items, and properly wrapped.

How to wrap the cheese is another factor in storing cheeses properly. Never wrap it directly in plastic wrap, as it’ll “suffocate” the cheese by preventing the gases it emits from dissipating and it causes the cheese to dry out. Tight wrapping  also promotes the growth of bacteria. On top of that, the taste of the wrap might be absorbed into the cheese’s surface.

 

The best way to store most cheeses is to wrap it securely in waxed or cheese paper, then loosely in a plastic wrap or bag to keep the other odours in the fridge out. This is especially if you can’t spare a separate compartment in your fridge for cheeses. In which case a large Tupperware container for your cheeses might do the trick. Although remember to keep your strong smelling cheeses away from the weaker ones!

 

Do also check the cheese every few days to see if it’s too dry or if any mould has formed. It’s it has, just remove about a half an inch of the area around the mould, and the cheese should be safe for consumption.

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