Best Way to Store Cheese
A cheese is a living organism that needs air. For a soft-ripened cheese or fresh cheese, I put it unwrapped in a container with a few pinholes that I pierced into the lid. With all other cheeses, I wrap them in waxed paper or parchment, then wrap the paper in plastic wrap. Both systems preserve the cheese while letting it breathe, and keep plastic away from the surface of the cheese. Cheese has an amazing ability to absorb the petroleum flavor of plastic wrap. I’ve found they’re not as affected by Stretch Tite and Costco-brand plastic wrap, so I buy those. They also don’t seem to absorb the flavor of plastic in Cryovac bags, so FoodSaver or home vacuum packing machines aren’t the worst way to store cheese.
How to Taste Cheese
You’ll want to chew it, making sure you expose it to every part of your mouth and palate front to back and side to side. I believe in listening to what you’re tasting, which may seem strange. It’s not something audible, but I think you pick up on texture and flavor best if you tune in. Then swallow and breathe back through your nose. You’ll notice new flavors, and it extends the finish as well. That’s a great way to taste anything, not just cheese. It’s also a good idea to taste two or three cheeses of the same category side by side to compare. More than that and you risk palate fatigue.
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Guide to Cheese Pairings
Fresh Cheese + Water
I don’t recommend pairing these with wine because milk doesn’t go well with wine, and fresh cheeses most resemble milk.