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Buying Cheese

Consider the following when buying cheese:

It is important to choose a reputable specialty food store or cheese shop with a knowledgeable staff.
 

Familiarize yourself with your taste preferences by trying different types of cheese with different milks, different textures, different styles, pasteurized or unpasteurized, cheeses that are suitable for vegetarians etc.
 
Check the labels for expiration dates either found on the cheese packaging itself or on the label generated from the scale. If there isn't a date on the cheese and the store as precut cheeses, ask when the cheeses were cut and wrapped.
 
Check the cheeses carefully for any off appearances and/or aromas. Make sure that the texture for fresh cheeses doesn't look slimy or too dried out. Sliminess can result from wrapping fresh cheeses to the point where it cannot breathe. Cheeses that have been dried out cheeses have not been handled properly. Avoid cheeses that have strong ammonia odors as well.
  

Think about the foods you will be eating with the cheese and ask your store's cheesemonger which cheese will complement best with your meal.

Think about the wines, beers, and spirits you will be drinking and ask your store's cheesemonger which cheese will complement best with your meal.

Do not buy too much. Understand that fresh cheese must be consumed shortly after it's purchased.
 
 
Take into account the rind if you are buying cheese for a recipe. You may have to buy more.
 

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