Monday, October 29, 2012

Can I put Cheese Back In The Refrigerator Once It Has Been Left Out?

Cheese can in some cases be a little expensive, but sometimes due to a distraction you can leave it outside of the refrigerator by accident. It is then that a lot of people want to know how long cheese can be outside and still be good enough to store in the fridge again. The amount of time that cheese can be outside depends on the type of cheese that you are talking about. Some cheeses will go bad faster than others and how long it stays good depends on the storage conditions. Keeping it in the fridge is not enough; you may also have to take other precautions. Here is what you can expect from some of the most popular products out there such as cheddar, mozzarella and cheese curds.

Mozzarella Cheese

Mozzarella cheese is a very popular type of cheese and it is also one of the cheeses most people will not put back in the fridge right away. The problem with leaving mozzarella cheese out of the fridge (and any cheese for that matter) is that after some time bacteria will start to grow. Our bodies are made to kill the bacteria, but it will not kill all of it. How long does depend on the kind of Mozzarella. The fresh version in a salt bath can last for a few hours up to four. The firmer version of Mozzarella can last a few hours if still in a sealed container.

Cheddar Cheese

Cheddar cheese is a bit different to mozzarella in that it is aged longer and therefore can withstand being out of the fridge longer. Many people used to keep aged, hard cheeses in dishes that had wooden bottoms with glass lids and they would keep fine for even a week. When in its original packaging, store bought Cheddar can be safe to keep outside for a period of eight hours, provided that the package is sealed and that there have not been any extremely high temperatures. Refrigeration at temps of 35-45 degrees Fahrenheit have been used to slow the molding process and prolong the edibility of the cheese.

Cheese Curds

Cheese curds are best when they are made that day and eaten before refrigerated. This is the best way to enjoy their ‘squeak’ and their taste. Some people actually keep them out of the fridge for up to 48 hours. For this purpose, if you want to keep the cheese curds tasting their best then you should make sure to keep them in their original packaging and a sealed plastic bag would also help. If you aren’t going to gobble them up shortly then you can store in the fridge or even in the freezer for up to four months.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

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Saturday, October 27, 2012

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Can You Freeze Mozzarella Cheese?

There are many people that are fans of this delicious, semi-soft or soft cheese and for good reason. It’s ideal on pizzas, delicious melted over just about everything and tasty on crackers. Often we love it so much we want to get it in bulk. This can raise the question on storage and if freezing is appropriate.

Fresh Mozzarella From Sheep Or Buffalo’s Milk

If you haven’t tried delicious and true, fresh Mozzarella you are missing out on the one of the creamiest textures in the cheese world. It is a delicious way to enjoy a low-fat, high protein snack. If you’re considering freezing your fresh Mozzarella you might want to know what you can expect afterward. There will be a definite texture change with this variety. You’ll often end up with some excess liquid that will need draining. This is usually the whey. Loss of this liquid can cause a small loss in flavor. You will also notice that the cheese will crumble or fall apart much easier. If your plans are using the cheese for baking then this is an excellent way to store it. If you want to use it for a tasting party then perhaps you’d be better off storing it in the fridge and chancing the mold you can scrape off.

Shredded Mozzarella

Pre-packaged or home-shredded Mozzarella is the best for freezing. You can place the pre-packaged cheese in a strong freezer bag, squeeze all the air out and plop directly into freezer. You can also use it directly from the freezer in dishes such as; pizza, lasagna and pasta. If you’re shredding it yourself then it’s good to toss a bit of cornstarch through to keep it from sticking together. When storing it, wrap in foil or plastic wrap and then place in a freezer bag. Make sure all the air is out as any air will damage the cheese and cause freezer burn.

Bricks Of Mozzarella

You can easily store bricks of Mozzarella for 3-6 months in your freezer. You won’t lose too much in the taste but it will become mealier and crumble more easily. When using it on top of pizzas, melted over veggies or mixed into soups and sauces this is just fine. You are best to store it in sizes that you will use for cooking these dishes so you don’t have to refreeze or try to use it all up. It is also a great idea to thaw in your fridge overnight before using. If you’re going to store in slices then separate the slices with wax paper to prevent them sticking together.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

What’s The Best Cheese For Macaroni And Cheese?

If you’re like many people you love warm and gooey mac and cheese. Many of us enjoy nothing better than making this lovely dish at home so that we can enjoy it fresh out of the oven. If you’re considering making this favored pasta then you’ll surely want to know what the best cheese to use is.  You’ll want to consider a few things, first of all and most importantly, the melting factor.

Melted Cheese For Your Macaroni

You will want to consider that your cheese needs to melt into the delicious form we’ve come to know and love. Some cheeses don’t lend themselves very well to melting. Mozzarella, for one, is certainly well loved because of the way it melts and the beautiful golden brown color it gets when baked just right. It isn’t often a first choice for mac and cheese though. Instead you should consider using something that already lends itself to the traditional dish. Cheddar cheese curds are one of the best varieties to use with your macaroni. These will melt how you like and give you the brightly colored noodles that are so loved.

Consider A Unique Flavor

While it is true that there are some standard cheeses to create this well-loved dish, you don’t have to make it just like your mother did. There are many other cheeses you can use that will enhance the flavor and put a new spin on a classic.  If you haven’t tried maple smoked Cheddar cheese in your mac you might be surprised. This is a flavor that can go lovely with added veggies or chicken as well. In addition to trying smoked cheddar you can also try a variety of cheeses that have flavors rolled into them. One favorite is cheese curds with garlic or jalapenos. Both of these flavors will enhance your mac and cheese. Also, cheese curds are great for melting because they are already soft and crumbled up.

American Cheese

It is true that the most popular cheese for this dish is American and that’s because it has added emulsifiers. This means that it will melt much faster and be creamier than other cheeses. It also means it is generally more processed. If you’re looking to get the creaminess of American but without the artificial ingredients of processing, then here’s a simple trick.  Make your own cheese sauce. To do this you’ll use either b├ęchamel or if you’re truly starting on your own, heavy cream or milk. You can add a little butter if you’d like a creamier texture. The idea is to get a sauce pan and warm your liquids (any combo of b├ęchamel, milk, cream or butter) and add your favorite cheese (or cheeses) in cubes. You want it to be hot enough to melt the cheese but not too hot to curdle the milk. Stir until you have a smooth consistency and then poor over your noodles and bake.

Monday, October 15, 2012

What’s The Difference Between Cold And Liquid Smoked Cheese?

Cheese is delicious in many flavors. People enjoy it on trays with fruit, crackers or veggies. They enjoy putting it on sandwiches, melting it over casseroles or making dips out of it. There are varieties that have been blended with herbs like chives and garlic, flavors that are seasoned with Cajun spices, or laced with peppers. Regardless of what your favored taste is there is something out there for you. Many enjoy the flavor of smooth, smoked Gouda, Swiss or Cheddar. You can still love this fantastic flavor without knowing how it’s been prepared but here’s a little background on your favorite cheese.

Liquid Smoked

If you’re nibbling at some smoked cheese curds and marveling at the flavor you’re likely to wonder how it got there. You read the label and see that it was made with liquid smoke but don’t have a clue what this means. It’s good to know that the smoke liquid is produced from actual smoke. There is a tube it is passed through from a chamber made for combustion and then it’s condensed. It is in this condenser that the liquid is formed. This is done through a cooling process with added water. It can be used for both flavoring and preserving food. 

When cheese is smoked this way it is often added directly to the milk before it is made. You can also get liquid smoked cheese from adding this to the brine, or salt solution. In some cases, the liquid will be added to the cheese after the entire process is done. It can be used as a rub over the cheese and then lightly warmed to bring out the flavor.  In smaller cheese operations the cheese is generally dipped into the liquid and in larger operations it is sprayed over it.

Cold Smoking Your Cheese

In regards to smoking cheese more traditionally there are several things you should keep in mind. First of all, remember the term is ‘cold.’ You will need to keep the temp of your smoker below 100 degrees so that you don’t ruin the food. Most of them are smoked at 85 degrees or below. There are two ways to reach the cooler temperature and still create the smoke. Some will devise the smoke being filtered through ice (only advised if it has to be done this way). Generally speaking most cheese makers set up smoke houses and pipes to run the smoke some distance to the cheese. They may use fans or billows to speed the process but the idea is to keep the cheese cool so it doesn't start to run off oil or lose shape. During this process hard woods such as apple and maple are used in fine chips or even sawdust. It is the flavor of the wood and it’s smoke that lends itself to delicious maple smoked Cheddar, gouda or swiss.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

What Types Of Milk Make The Best Tasting Cheese?

When it comes to cheese most fans will tell you there aren’t many they don’t like. The truth is the creamy texture is enjoyed by many and in quite a few different dishes. If you’re looking to learn more about cheese and wondering what goes into making the final product you surely have found it’s made of milk.  But what kind of milk and how does it affect the flavor?  There are many different kinds of milk that can be used to create cheese all lending their own flavor.

Buffalo Milk Mozzarella

Some of the creamiest Mozzarella comes from the milk of domesticated water buffalo. The birthplace of Mozzarella from buffalo is Italy, although there are many producers outside of the country now. You can find it made in Spain, Egypt, the U.S., Mexico and Australia among many other countries. Water buffalo milk has a higher fat content and therefore generally produces a creamier cheese. Milk from cows is also used for Mozzarella with extremely tasty results.

Goat Or Sheep Milk

Not many people will drink milk from sheep because it is so high in lactose. It does, however work well for making delicious cheese. You can find Roquefort, Feta and even Pecorino Romano made from sheep’s milk. Most cheeses made from sheep’s milk are described as rich, buttery in flavor and said to have a nutty taste.

Goat’s milk cheese is more well-known and creates some of the most popular cheeses out there. In fact, goat’s milk is the most similar to human milk (because of its low potassium) and therefore is often consumed by people who have ulcers or kidney problems. In addition, it is good for those who don’t tolerate cow’s milk very well. Some cheeses you’d expect to find made from goat milk are Feta, Chevre, Chabris, Halloumi and Castelo Branco.  Both Halloumi and Feta are sometimes made from a combination of sheep and goat milk. Quite often goat cheese is made in areas where refrigeration isn’t as easy to come by and so a heavy salt bath is used to preserve it longer. This has created a notion that goat cheese is very salty.

The All Important Cow’s Milk

Most of our favored cheese comes from cow’s milk. You can find all your favorite varieties like, Gouda, Cheddar, Swiss, Mozzarella, Provolone, Munster, cheese curds and more from this delicious milk. The best milk for cheese really comes down to your taste and since many people favor these popular types you might consider cow’s milk as the best. If you are watching your figure you can even find cheese made from skim milk.

Little Known Milks

Many other countries make cheese from milk other than from the four animals above. There are those who create golden bricks from camel or llama milk. Others ferment mare’s milk and make cheese from this as well. There are even some who use yak’s milk and reindeer milk for cheese. These are specialty cheeses and nearly impossible to find outside of the region they are made in.

Friday, October 12, 2012

What Type Of Milk Makes The Healthiest Cheese?

When it comes to cheese many of us enjoy it in all its glory and variety. We love crumbles on our salads, it melted in our omelets and enjoy nibbling it from trays. We make spreads and dip with it and enjoy fluffy cheese cakes. Some people even go to extremes to import unique varieties. It is no doubt one of the best loved foods around. What some people get concerned with, however is the high amount of fat that can come with it. This may leave them wondering if there is a healthier way to enjoy their favorite treat.

Your Definition Of Healthy Cheese

In regards to the milk that makes the healthiest cheese you must first consider what you mean by healthy. Do you mean the lowest fat? There are many mozzarellas that will still melt into gooey deliciousness over your pizza or toast that are made from skim-fat milk. With this cheese you can easily cut your fat down to trivial amounts. You may, however lose a little creamy flavor. If you live with lactose intolerance your definition of healthy may mean you need a cheese that won’t upset your stomach.  For this reason you might then turn to those cheeses that are aged longer or made from goat’s milk, such as an aged Cheddar or Feta cheese.

Different Milks In General

There is a new wave of health advocates who are looking at the milk for specific criteria. These people want to see milk that is antibiotic free and that comes from cows that were fed a grass diet. The reason these are desired is because the milk won’t have added hormones and drugs that are passed into the cheese. In addition, the milk will have health promoting fats like Omega 3s and DHA. Some people like to get their Cheddar or Cheese curds from raw milk. This is milk that hasn’t been pasteurized because it is believed to not have all the healthy fats and enzymes removed during the process. Finding cheese made from raw milk in the US can be difficult.

Goat’s milk is considered the closest to human milk and has the least amount of lactose. This means it generally doesn't upset stomachs and still provides a good dose of calcium along with other important nutrients. For this reason, many consider it the healthiest milk to get your cheese from.

What About Flavor

Because health comes in many forms it is important to also consider flavor. If you’re going to load up on large amounts of cheese made from skim milk in an attempt to still taste it you might be better off going with an aged Sharp Cheddar cheese. This is because you will need less of it to still feel satisfied. Before you try to decide on the healthiest milk for making cheese, remember to consider what health benefits you want from your Cheddar.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Can Cheese Cause Or Aggravate Acne?

Suffering from acne can be annoying or downright miserable. It can lead people to search for reasons they have it and turn to their diet for the answers. There are old wives tales that too much chocolate can lead to the problem, others have cited pizza as a reason you have acne. Whatever the cause, you are sure to want to try just about anything to keep it at bay. You may even be considering getting rid of your favorite snack like Cheddar cheese or cheese curds.

What Are Causes Of Acne

Stress is certainly a factor in adult acne. There are numerous people that have noticed a break out right before their wedding or big interview. Perhaps when you’re stressed out you turn to snacking on comfort food like melted Mozzarella and then blame the inevitable pimples on what you ate. It is also a known fact that hormones can cause acne to flare up. Women for centuries have seen the problem occur during their menstrual cycle. You may also notice food cravings associated with hormones. During this time you might not be able to resist snacking on cheese curds and again turn to this as the culprit for the unsightly pimples.

Is There A Link Between Cheese And Acne?

There are some studies that are pointing to the hormones in milk products inciting acne flare ups. Others have also noted that the link may be because of lactose intolerance. If you have come to believe you need to alter your diet to avoid acne and are looking at removing cheese you might like to try these suggestions first. Instead of getting rid of cheese all together try enjoying aged cheeses. Mozzarella is a cheese that has a relatively short aging process. Because of this it could have more lactose in it and perhaps you might try something older. Consider going for the aged Cheddar cheese. These cheeses tend to have less lactose and might be gentler on your system. In addition you’ll get powerful flavor which should allow you to enjoy it without having to overindulge.

Goat’s Or Sheep’s Milk

Another thing to consider is cheese made from goat’s or sheep’s milk. Goat milk, in particularly is known to be gentler on a person’s system, therefore the cheese might not aggravate your condition. Sheep’s milk has a higher fat content so should be considered as a final option. Whatever cheeses you choose to still include in your diet it’s important that you take into account there are likely other causes to your acne. If you’re going to try restricting your diet then make sure you know it isn’t stress, hormones or medication. In addition, when eliminating items make sure to do so carefully so you can track your changes and pin point what is working.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Does Cheese Help Depression Or Any Illnesses?

When people start struggling with illness or depression they don’t often naturally turn to their diet. This can be a mistake as it should be the first place you look to make changes, especially if you’re eating a traditional American diet. The problem that lies with the traditional American diet is that it is often rich in processed foods, sugars and refined carbs. It can be devoid of the essential fats and nutrients that a person needs to stay healthy. If you’re looking to feel better and have a more stable mood then you should start by considering what you are eating every day.  You need whole, unprocessed foods to have balanced health. Cheese is one of these valuable foods and can help stabilize your mood.

Nutrients In Cheese

One of the contributing reasons that cheese can help is because of the nutrients in it. In this instance, when speaking of cheese we are speaking of cheese that is unprocessed, without a list of ingredients you cannot pronounce and by-products.  The best cheese for relieving mood disorders is also rich cheese that has not had its fat reduced.  This may come as a surprise to many people but often it is this buttery fat that will help your mood. This is because one of the essential requirements to mood boosting is in the fat, which can contain Omega 3 fatty acids.

So Is It Just The Fat?

This isn’t all you might get from cheeses like Mozzarella or Cheddar, along with the other varieties. They are also full of calcium, magnesium and vitamin D which can help to prevent or fight off disease. Additionally, top quality cheese has probiotic bacteria in it that has recently been shown in studies to help prevent the onset of diabetes. Probiotic bacteria can also aid in your digestion and boost your immune system.

There are even more nutrients you can get from Cheddar cheese and the others, all of which will help you feel better. The truth is that a deficiency in B12 can cause deterioration of a person’s mental capacity which can result in memory loss, depression, psychotic behavior and even paranoia. You can find a good source of this nutrient in cheeses, particularly Edam, Cheddar cheese and Parmesan. Another nutrient that is important to keeping a stable mood is zinc. The good news is this can also be found in Cheddar cheese, along with beef, pumpkin seeds, beans and yogurt.

While it’s important to enjoy your cheese regularly you should also remember to not overindulge.  You won’t feel better by sitting and eating an entire pound in one night. Your health will be better improved if you enjoy daily moderate doses- and what a delicious prescription!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Can You Get Sick Or Die From Bad Cheese?

Molds that grow on cheese can range in color from white to green and can grow on all types of cheeses, from mozzarella to brie. Many people are under the misconception that since cheeses are produced from mold, then eating moldy cheese can’t hurt you. While it is true that mold does play a role in the production of some cheese curds, you should never eat mold that has grown on cheese unless it’s part of the cheese like Bleu cheese.

How Mold Grows On Cheese

Mold typically grows on cheeses and other foods due to a lack of proper storage process facilitated by moisture seeping in. For example, if you wrap a piece of room temperature cheddar cheese tightly in plastic wrap, the warmth of the cheese combined with the cool refrigerated air will cause condensation, or moisture, to form on the inside of the plastic wrap making it more susceptible to mold. When just one mold spore invades your piece of cheese, then it rapidly reproduces, causing more.

Cheese Produced With Mold

Some cheeses are produced using mold. Brie and Camembert, for example, are two soft cheese curds that have a rind produced from molding and the rinds are safe to eat. If you cut your Brie and the open, exposed part later grows mold that is a completely different process. Bacteria such as E.Coli and Salmonella often accompany molds that grow on cheeses after production, and those bacteria can kill you. Many Bleu cheeses have mold running throughout the entire piece, and those molds are safe to eat if the cheese has been properly contained and no additional mold has grown on it.

Bleu cheeses have a specific type of mold, such as the P. roqueforti spore used to make Roquefort Bleu cheese, so any other type of mold growing on the cheese can be harmful to your health. Many soft cheeses such as Mozzarella, Cottage or Riccota, should never be eaten if they have mold on them because mold is not used to produce them. Cheddar can have the mold cut off (about an inch into the cheese) and be safe.

Effects Of Eating Moldy Cheese

If you eat Mozzarella, cheddar, or any other cheese that mold has grown on, the effects could be anywhere from minimal to serious. Most of the time, the acids in the stomach will kill the mold spores, and you will suffer no ill effects. If your immune system is in a compromised state, however, then the effects of the mold could lead to some intestinal problems that typically aren’t more severe than mild cramping or diarrhea. It is the presence of bacteria along with the mold that causes the most serious problems, and there is no way to be sure that the moldy cheese curds you’ve eaten aren’t also teeming with bacteria.

Monday, October 1, 2012

I am Lactose Intolerant, Can I Eat Any Types Cheese?

Unless you suffer from lactose intolerance it can be easy to assume people who have the trouble don’t care for cheese. This is often anything but the truth.  Those with intolerance tend to get stomach issues shortly after digesting lactose. It is likely they still want to enjoy the lovely taste and texture of cheese. If this is the case here are a few things that can help a person with lactose intolerance enjoy cheese.

What Is Lactose?

Lactose is the main sugar in milk. So if you have intolerance traditional milk is off the menu. This sugar happens to feed lactobacillus, one of the species of bacteria that is used in the process of making most cheeses. It is this bacterium that is in dozens of foods created through fermentation and it turns to lactic acid. Lactic acid is fairly easily digested by most people, including those normally intolerant of lactose. So the trick to enjoying cheese is avoiding lactose.

Is Lactose In All Cheeses?

This is a tricky question. Young cheeses that haven’t aged long are generally quite full of lactose and will cause digestion problems for those who are lactose intolerant. The good news is that the older a cheese is the lower amount of lactose will be present. This is because the sugar has been consumed to form more lactic acid. Cheese that has aged three months or longer usually doesn’t have much lactose left. It’s important to note that cheese that is highly processed will have the highest amount of this irritant. Fresh cheeses also contain quite a bit of lactose. If your lactose intolerant you might want to avoid fresh mozzarella, cottage cheese and cream cheese among others.

What Can You Enjoy

The easiest rule to follow is cheese that is harder tends to have lower amounts of lactose. Aged and hard Parmesan tends to have low amounts as well as aged Cheddar or Swiss. A good bit of advice is that if you’re unsure of what to expect start with the older cheeses and small amounts. Try some aged, sharp Cheddar and only try an ounce or so. Or try sprinkling some Parmesan on your noodles. See how this sits and then work your way around to other cheeses. You can usually find information from a quality cheese on how long it’s been aged. Select those that have been aged 3 months or longer. You can find delicious Gouda, Provolone and Swiss quite easily that fit the bill. Most of all, try in very small amounts and pay attention to your body.

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