How to select and store cheese

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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.

Storing cheese

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.

100 recipes: Beef burger

Best recipe
Wagyu burger
– Justin North

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A good hamburger should be made of quality ingredients.

The first secret of success is to build flavour and moistness into the mixture; the second is to handle it lightly when shaping so that it holds together without compacting.
– Margaret Fulton, Encyclopedia of food and cookery

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How to get rid of mould

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We had some persistent mould in our house, and finally got a professional to have a look at it. We received the following advice on using vinegar:

Vinegar

1. Vacuum the area with a HEPA filter vacuum cleaner, using the small brush.

2. Wash the area using a mixture of 80% Anchor white vinegar and 20% water. Use three buckets, two filled with clean water to rinse your cloth in-between.

The off the shelf products on the market contain mostly bleach, so it will appear as if the mould is gone, but the spores may still be present. Try not to wipe in big strokes – otherwise you’ll just spread the spores. It’s best to use a micro-fibre cloth over a board and do a small area at a time.

Clove oil

Tracey Stranger says:

“Cloves are naturally potent as antifungal, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antioxidant, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and analgesic….

To kill mould, first you need to dilute (12 drops per 100ml) the pure essential clove oil in filtered or purified water then put it into a spray bottle. Spray the surface and then leave for 20 minutes. Wipe the surface clean and re-spray and leave it as it will take 24-48 hours for the mould spores to die.”

Prevention

Once you have cleaned the area, you need to keep it dry to prevent the mould from reoccurring. Annie Clark recommends closing all windows and doors when it rains to stop moisture entering your house. A dehumidifier can help take moisture out of the air. You can also use products which absorbs water in your cupboards and wardrobes, such as  Cli~mate Dry Egg or Indicating Silica Gel packets.

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How to grow carrot tops

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Did you ever put a carrot top in a dish of water as a child?

Next time you have carrots, leave about a cm of the top (crown) and place this in a sauce of water. Keep the water topped up to about a 1cm. The carrot top will regrow green leaves in about 3 to 6 weeks and you can eat these. You’ll be able to cut the leaves several times before the plant will be ‘exhausted’. Add the feathery leaves to salads or use as a garnish. They are full of minerals and taste similar to parsley.

Carrots are a biennial root, which means you could plant the carrot top in some soil and you may be able to grow a second taproot. The carrot may even flower in 6 to 8 weeks.

See also Hunkin’s cool illustration of this carrot experiment.

Make your own craft journal

I’ve been thinking about turning my craft journal template into a gardening journal, but haven’t worked out what the best things to record are. Any suggestions?

A journal is a great source of inspiration and reference for your projects. It is useful if you what to look back and remake a project. You can keep track of your swaps, and maintain an inventory of your supplies and tools. Here’s some instructions on how to make your own craft journal.

Craft journal

  1. Find a folder for your journal and decorate the cover.
  2. Print off the craft journal template [DOC 130kB]  or craft journal template [PDF 84kB]
  3. Decide if you are going to use plastic sheet protectors, if not punch holes.
  4. Add some white paper for sketching and some ruled paper for writing in the journal section.
  5. Decorate the dividers and pages as you wish.
  6. Don’t forget to add photos and swatches of fabric and yarn.

A funky font to use for the divider pages is rope.