SHOULD I EAT THE RIND ON MY BRIE?
Besides the fact that the rind of your Brie or Camembert is delicious and adds a lovely chewy texture that perfectly foils the unctuous paste, the rind is actually very healthy for you!
The molds used to grow the rind of the your cheese are full of health benefits and help keep your cheese safe as it ages. The rind also contains more calcium than the centre of the cheese! As a cheese ages, the calcium and magnesium migrate from the middle of the cheese to the surface, which helps with the softening/ripening process. What we’re trying to say here is, eat that rind and feel great about it!
I’M LACTOSE INTOLERANT: WHAT KINDS OF CHEESE CAN I EAT?
Being lactose intolerant means your body doesn’t easily break down lactose. The good news is that with cheese, nature takes care of that for us! As a cheese ages, the lactose (milk sugar) is naturally broken down into lactic acid. Most aged cheeses have little-to-no lactose.
This means, that while it may be a good idea to steer clear of fresh cheeses like burrata and a runny Époisses, cheeses such as Comté and most cheddars will agree with you perfectly well.
HOW LONG WILL MY CHEESE LAST ONCE I BRING IT HOME?
The cheese we sell is a living thing. That means that it is fresh and healthy and absolutely delicious. Unfortunately, it also means we don’t have a way of definitively predicting how long each piece is going to stay in its prime.
Here are a few tips that will help you ensure your eating your cheese while its still at its most delicious:
-Once you bring your cheese home, consume your fresh, softer cheeses within a few days. The firmer, aged cheeses should last a little longer.
-Store your cheese in cheese paper, which is made specifically to create the best environment for it to stay fresh as long as possible. If you’re keeping cheese for more than a week, wrap it in fresh paper!
-Don’t store your cheese produce in your fridge. Moisture from your fresh fruits and veggies can damage your cheese.
-Don’t freeze your cheese! It will become dry and crumbly.
-See a new mold on your cheese that wasn’t there when you took it home? Call your monger to ask whether it’s safe and edible, should be cut away or tossed out.