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Ask the Expert: Serving Cheese

It's not hard to put together a cheese selection; just follow some basic guidelines

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Storing cheese

  • Take your cheeses out of the refrigerator at least one hour before serving.
  • Keep cheese in the drawer of your refrigerator, where the humidity and temperature are the highest.
  • Wrap firmer cheeses and blue cheeses in waxed paper followed loosely by plastic wrap, which allows the cheese to breathe without letting plastic touch its surface.
  • Store soft and creamy cheese unwrapped in a plastic container and poke a few small holes in the lid, to keep the cheese from suffocating.

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