The Co-op's cheese buyer talks through British and Continental cheeses and explains how to put together the perfect cheeseboard.
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The Co-op's tips for buying, storing and eating cheese...
- Cheese should be enjoyed at room temperature as it brings out the best in the flavours.
- If the cheese feels a bit cool, crumble the cheese with your fingers and rub it in to help bring it up to room temperature.
- There are usually five categories of cheese: Soft, Fresh, Blue, Hard and Flavour.
- Look out for the strength of the cheese on the labelling.
- Crackers are an absolute essential for your cheeseboard.
- To be more original, dried fruits such as raisins and grapes are good.
- It’s also nice to have a stick of celery, some quince jelly or some pickles and relishes.
- Serve your cheeseboard after your main meal but before dessert.
- Bring cheese out of the fridge at least 30 minutes before you serve it.
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