Friday, July 23, 2010

cheese tips

1) You can freeze cheese to make it last longer. Most hard cheeses can be frozen, but it can change the texture. Thawed cheese is best-used crumbled or grated in salads or as a topping. To freeze hard cheeses, use a moisture-proof and airtight wrapping, freeze quickly and store in the freezer for two to three months maximum. Thaw in the refrigerator and use as soon as possible after thawing.

2) When melting cheese, cut it into small pieces or grate it to make it melt more evenly and faster. When you add cheese to any recipe, cook it at a low heat and stir constantly. High heat will toughen cheese and make it stringy. When making a sauce with cheese in it, add it as the last ingredient and heat until just melted.

3) When serving a cheese platter, remove the cheeses from the refrigerator one to two hours in advance of serving time to allow the flavours to come out. Soft cheeses come to room temperature faster than firm and hard cheeses.

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