Sunday, September 19, 2010

Cheese preparation...

Who knew that cheese is at its best when left out for a short time before serving?

It’s really important to let most cheeses breathe. Leaving the cheese out of the fridge before it’s served will give it a chance to soften and return to its natural state. Best is to serve the cheese at room temperature!

More tips I never knew:
• Remove most cheeses from the refrigerator at least 30 minutes before serving to allow them to come to room temperature. For whole wheels and large wedges, cut only what you expect to use and return the remainder to the refrigerator.
• Arrange them on the serving plate with accompaniments alongside but not touching the cheese. It’s best to use a larger plate that gives guests plenty of room to manoeuvre the cutting of the cheese.
• For firm cheeses served in wedges, cut a couple of ‘starting slices’ to prompt guests as to the best way to cut the cheese.
• Cover loosely with a damp tea towel or plastic wrap until serving time.

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1 comment:

  1. I've definitely noticed that the soft cheeses like brie & camembert taste much better when they have been left out of the fridge for an hour or so versus eating it straight out of the fridge!