5 Ways To Choose Cheese
Are you having a hard time choosing from that endless selection in the cheese counter? Worry no more! Here are 5 ways to help you simplify your cheese selection.
Choose Based On The Type Of Milk
Some types of milk used in cheese making contain more fat, protein or carbohydrate than others. The most commonly used milk comes from buffalo, cows, sheep and goats. Buffalo milk has 10.9% fat, cow milk 4% – 5.5% fat, sheep 5.3% fat, and goat 3.5% fat.
If you’re trying to lessen your fat intake, choose a goat cheese like Chevre, or sheep milk like Pecorino. Mozzarella comes from buffalo milk so expect more fat when you eat that.
Choose Based On The Moisture Content
Cheese can be fresh, soft, semi-soft, semi-hard or hard depending on how it was made. Generally, the aging or ripening process depletes cheese of moisture. The longer cheese is aged or ripened, the harder and drier it becomes.
Bacteria can’t grow readily in drier cheeses, so harder cheeses have longer shelf life. When you buy cheese, remember this rule. If you buy a soft cheese like a Brie or Camembert, expect them not to last as long as a hard cheese like an Asiago.
Choose Based On Pasteurization
Cheeses are made with milk that are either pasteurized or unpasteurized (raw). Pasteurization is the process of heating a liquid to kill pathogenic bacteria, and is applied to cheese making. However, there are cheese makers who use raw milk. The FDA requires that cheese made from raw milk must be aged for at least 60 days at 35F or above before it can be sold. Choosing between a raw and pasteurized cheese is a matter of personal preference.
Choose Based On Usage
Cheeses can be used in cooking in endless ways. If you need to grated cheese for your pasta, choose a hard cheese like Romano since it grates easily. If you need to something to top your pizza, use a cheese that melts easily like a Fontina.
Choose Based On The Country Of Origin
Cheeses comes from different parts of the world. When buying cheese, try to pair them with the origin of the dish you are cooking.
If you’re serving paella for party, why not shop for some Spanish sheep cheese like Manchego or an artisanal raw cow’s cheese like Mahon? Serve them as appetizers along with some sangria and impress your guests!
So, remember the 5 Ways To Choose Cheese the next time you pondering what cheese to buy. It will make your shopping so much easier! 🙂