STORAGE AND SERVICE

REFRIGERATOR
Cheese shall be stored with minimal contact to air. Thus, it should be kept in closed and lower parts of the fridge, far from the odorous. Areas reserved for fruits and vegetables in fridges are good for storing cheese.

Plastic bags are useful for preserving freshness. They prevent the cheese smell from spreading in the fridge and help the cheese to protect its moisture structure.
SHELF STORAGE
Attention should always be paid to the expiration date of the cheese. After the package is open, it should be consumed within:
  • A couple of days to 2 weeks for fresh cheese,
  • 2 weeks in a plastic cup for soft cheese,
  • 2 -4 weeks for semi-soft cheese,
  • 5 weeks to a couple of months for semi-hard cheese,
  • 1 year for hard cheese.
Fresh cheese has the shortest shelf life. The soft cheese tastes the best when it has a buttery feel. If it has a sharp smell, it means that the cheese started to get stale.

For hard cheese, even though they have a long shelf live, the taste varies with time. Since they can easily pull fruit or vegetable smell in, they should be stored away from the odorous.

Molding

If there are little white spots on the cheese, it means that the mold has started. The cheese can still be consumed after the mold is removed. However, if the cheese color turns to yellow, especially for fresh and soft cheese, it should not be consumed.
FREEZER STORAGE
Every type of cheese can be stored in the freezer, but the character will change depending on its type. The types, which can be consumed cooked, will not change when stored in the freezer.

Cheese with 500gr. or less in weight can be stored in freezers in plastic bags, with no air intake.
COOKING THE LEFT-OVER CHEESE
PIt is possible to store cheese in various ways. Certain cheese can be used as side dishes when melted or cooked. Left-over cheeses can be consumed in the following ways:
  • Melting on fondue
  • Shredded cheddar in tomato or onion soap
  • Brie cheese as an ingredient for omelets
  • Mozzarella cheese on pizzas
SLICING AND SERVICE
SSlicing is crucial for enjoying the flavor of the cheese. The right method is slicing from center outward, thus every slice will have the same flavor intensity. Slices can be square, round or triangular shaped.

The knife used for slicing is also of crucial importance. It should first be washed in hot water and used right after drying for the cheese not to break and sliced smoothly.

How the cheese is being served is as important as slicing. Different variety of cheeses should be sliced in different shapes and placed on one large platter or tray. Marble trays create a more elegant appearance, while wooden trays are used more often. Small-sized cheeses should be placed in the middle, while the soft ones are placed around them in a ring shape. Outermost should be the hard cheeses.