Dairy Australia says to remember the three R’s when selecting Australian cheese.
“When a cheese is Ripe and at Room temperature, it’s Ready to serve.”
They also make the following recommendations for selecting cheese:
- Where possible, always taste the cheese prior to purchasing
- Choose one or two perfectly ripened cheeses, rather than a collection of mediocre cheese to feature on a cheese platter
- If possible, buy cheese freshly cut from a larger wheel or piece.
- Choose cheese close to use-by date. Cheese is often reduce in price close to the use-by date for a quick sale. This is great for consumers as cheese is often ripe and at its best by then.
It is best to store cheese wrapped in its original wrapper. Otherwise use waxed paper or loose cling wrap to allow the cheese to breathe.
Avoid using foil for wrapping blue cheese as it will react with the cheese. Instead store blue mould and washed rind cheeses in a covered container to reduce odours in the refrigerator.
Avoid stacking cheeses with rinds on top of each other as this hinders the maturation process.