Archive | September, 2012

The Many Ways to Use Havarti Cheese

1 Sep

Havarti CheeseHavarti cheese was mainly used for dessert by the Danish people. The cheese is named after a farm from where it was first made in the 19th Century. It is mild, partly firm and partly soft in nature with holes on it that is not regular. Just like any other type of cheese, they are made from milk which is caused to curdle by adding rennet to it. Molds of cheese are then combined with the produced curds after which they are pressed and then drained before they are finally aged. It is available in a variety of flavors that range from a distinct strong aromatic taste to one that is sharp and mild on the tongue.

Normally, the duration for aging this creamy cheese is approximately 3 months after which it is fully flavored. A taste that is more distinct is achieved by aging the curdled milk for longer periods of time. It can be given various additives in order to achieve different end products of the same cheese. Spices, seasonings, seeds of caraway, dill, extra cream, cumin, peppers or even any other desired herbs can be added to the Havarti cheese to produce a yummy end product. Its versatility enables it to be used for various purposes and as a table cheese it can be grilled and even sliced. You can also melt it and use it as a snack or even apply in your sandwiches if you so wish.

Sandwich with Havarti CheeseThe creamy cheese is normally sold in blocks that are plain and its flavor is mainly contributed to the fact that it is a cheese cleaned with rind. Apart from being creamy, the Havarti cheese can also be pale yellow in color with a fine texture and flavor that is almost like that of butter. This fine cheese can be served with wine or crackers or even fresh fruits as preferred. If you are looking for cheese with less flavor unlike the Emmentaler and Gouda cheeses, then this is just what you need.

You can select from the product type with low level of fat or the one that is fully enriched with cream. Whatever the cheese recipe to be used, it should be one that can accommodate the various degree of flavor in the chosen cheese. The herbed, enriched and low fat Havarti have become very popular in various parts of the globe due to their advantages and prominence over the other kinds of cheese available in the market.

How to Pick a Good Cheese

1 Sep

Cheese PlatterPicking a good cheese is largely dependent upon an individual’s taste. With endless possibilities to be found in your grocer’s refrigerated section, or even at the local cheese store, it can be difficult to know what to look for when picking a cheese. There are several different kinds of cheese – soft cheese, hard cheese, creamy cheese and each one may contain different types of animal milk. The most commonly used milk is that of a cow, but it is not uncommon to also see goat’s and sheep’s milk being used in several varieties of cheese. Here are some tips to help you pick out a good cheese whether you simply want to incorporate it into dinner or you are having a party where a good cheese selection is part of the offerings.

Ask an Expert

If you are lucky enough to have a local cheese store nearby, you can benefit from asking an expert. Most people who own their stores have taken the time to get to know the individual varieties of cheeses as well as the distinguishable features of each. An expert, for example, can help you understand the difference between the several varieties of blue cheese that are available for purchase. Some blue cheeses are mild while others are pungent and each is likely to complement a separate type of food or wine. This is because of the aging process, the type of milk – cow, goat or sheep – that was used and the type of mold that is present within the cheese.

Taste Several Varieties

Cheese PlatterWhen it comes to picking a good cheese, buying several different ones to taste can become quite costly. Rather, find a shop that will allow you to taste their cheese prior to purchase. You will not likely find this service in a grocery store, as they are already prepackaged for sale, but visiting a cheese shop or even a farmer’s market can turn you on to cheeses that you otherwise would not have tasted, let alone bought. In the case of blue cheese, try the several different brands available including:

  • Gorgonzola
  • Roquefort
  • Stilton
  • Cabrales

Each of these cheeses is made in different countries and can be used in many cheese recipes. Only by tasting the differences, will you be able to tell which cheese will be good for your purpose. Blue cheese is amazingly versatile and can be used as an addition to a meal or by itself on a cheese platter.