How to choose a quality cheese?
Cheese is a delicious and unique product. Attractive are its nutritional value, usefulness, diverse and rich taste. But to enjoy a truly high-quality, healthy product, you need to know how to choose it correctly. You don’t have to be a cheese expert to choose a quality product. Whether it’s weight cheese or packaged cheese, all you need to remember are some guidelines for choosing cheese.
When choosing cheese, you should definitely pay special attention to its appearance in the cut. Quality and fresh cheese will not have cracks in the crust or in the cut of the cheese itself. It should have a uniform texture with an even color. The cheese should not be too bright (natural cheese can only be a creamy shade, but not a bright orange), striped or spotted. If the cheese has an uneven color or it is whitish, then the cheese is not ripe, and, therefore, it does not have a special taste and aroma.
The cheese should have the right pattern, which is peculiar to the variety. There are oval or round eyelets, but whatever they were, their location in the cheese should be uniform throughout the surface. If the pattern of eyelets is not uniform, then the cheese is made with a violation of technology or with the use of low-quality milk.
An important aspect of the appearance of good cheese is a dry surface without any droplets of moisture.
It is worth refusing to buy if the piece has dried out areas, weathered places or a white patina (but do not confuse the crust in hard cheeses, which is an indicator of the quality of this product with wrapping).
The composition is undesirable any extraneous additives: preservatives, stabilizers, flavorings.
The ideal composition of the label of the cheese is simple and short: milk, lactic acid starter, rennet or other milk-enzymes (enzymes), allowed salt and calcium chloride, food coloring annatto.
Carefully read whether it is stated that it is a cheese and not a cheese product. No vegetable fats and palm oil are allowed in the cheese composition.
Naturally, the cheese must be good for at least up to and including the day of purchase. But it is better, of course, to buy cheese with a kind of shelf life. In other words, the fresher the cheese, the better. It is worth remembering that the cheese is already packaged, the cheese is not ripe. The shelf life of real cheese should not exceed 3 months. (Do not confuse the date of manufacture with the date of packaging of the product).
It is important to note that still, the cost of some products reflects the corresponding quality. For 1 kg of cheese you need 12 liters of milk, this can already add up to the minimum cost of a decent product.
Happy shopping and enjoy your appetite!