Cheese Care and Storage Guide

Many of you may ask on how long does cheese last out of the fridge. Basically, the shelf life of different kinds of cheese vary from a few weeks to many years. This, however, depends on the composition of the cheese and how the cheese is packaged.

Here’s an interesting infographic depicting care for your beloved cheese in terms of storage and serving so that it would be at its most delicious state when eaten.

Other considerations in storing cheese include the following:

  • Store cheese by type. This means that you should not place aged cheese in the same piece of waxed paper with fresher cheese type.
  • Cheese flavor can be directly affected if stored with other cheese type. Thus, strong cheese need to be stored on their own and must be ensured that they are not stored with milder cheese.
  • It is not recommended to store cheese in the fridge since freezing will impair the character of the cheese. If, however, cheese has been stored in the fridge, it is recommended that it would be used for cooking instead of eating it directly.
  • When in doubt, throw it out! If you are skeptical whether your cheese is still edible or if it’s already stale, trust your instinct. Presence of black mold along with slimy surface and ammonia smell usually indicate that your cheese can no longer be eaten.
  • The lifespan of a good cheese is dependent on the following factors: temperature inside the fridge, temperature outside the fridge, room temperature, and humidity. In order to achieve what is best for your cheese, you need to explore the variables by experimenting to determine what works best.

Sausages: To Eat or Not to Eat?

Nowadays, people are very much conscious when it comes to what they eat. This is possibly attributed to recent news evolving around cancer-causing food. Part of the food groups that have been linked to bad press exposure is eating meat, particularly processed meat.

According to a survey conducted by NatCen Social Research in 2016, three in ten British consumers have cut back on the amount of meat they consume in the past 12 months. This leads us to a controversial question. Are sausages good for you? Are there health benefits when you eat your favorite sausage? Below are top three reasons not to eliminate sausages in your breakfast menu.

  1. Sausages are primary sources of high organic protein.

The sausage protein is directly absorbed by the body. In addition, sausages comprise of all essential amino acids. They are responsible in promoting muscle and cell growth. Each serving delivers high satiety value due to its high protein and fat content. Moreover, several researches reveal that protein-rich intake during breakfast aids in controlling sugar craving prior to eating lunch. It also helps in limiting the calorie consumption during lunch. Thus, you will less likely crave for “junk” food.

Majority of the sausages also contain amino acids such as tryptophan and serotonin. These acids are recognized as mood enhancers. To start your day on a positive note, eat breakfast sausage. This explicates why sausage is more beneficial when eaten as an early morning meal.

  1. Sausages provide vitamin B-12.

Vitamin B-12 is a nutrient that ensures healthy red blood cells. The body thrives to make hemoglobin, a protein needed by the blood to transport oxygen all over the body. It also plays a significant role in the brain’s function. In addition, eating the recommended dietary sausage serving protects the body from nerve damage. Lastly, adequate consumption of food rich in vitamin B-12 aids in the fat and protein metabolization.

  1. Sausages contain iron and potassium.

Iron is another important mineral needed to produce hemoglobin. Beneficially, sausages are rich in iron. Ample consumption of food rich in iron guarantees that your body can make sufficient amount of hemoglobin to maintain red blood cell function.

Another mineral found in sausages is potassium. It is responsible in the body’s regulation of blood pressure and maintenance of fluid balance. Potassium also helps in the regular function of the digestive system. Finally, it also allows smooth contraction of the muscles.

Although sausages are difficult to resist, keep in mind that too much consumption on a daily basis is bad for your health. One does not have to avoid the good taste of sausage. But you can limit how much you eat. Having it for breakfast once or twice a week is ideal. Opt to buy sausages with low fat and low sodium variety. You can also pair sausages with other fiber-rich foods such as whole grain breads and breakfast salads. By practicing restraint and proper diet, you can benefit from the food’s essential nutrients without risking your health.

Check our blog regularly for easy sausage recipes for any occasion or for daily meal ideas.

Squeaky Cheese Curds 101

Cheese fanatics would definitely agree that cheese curds are undeniably irresistible. Even non-cheese lovers agree that this mild cheddar is deliciously addictive. One taste is enough to crave for the signature squeak. The cheesy goodness can be enjoyed either fresh or fried. Here’s a quick trivia about your favorite squeaky cheese curds.

Cheese curds are by products of cheddar. They are made of fresh, immature cheddar cheese. The solid, milky cheese curd is left behind from the whey during the cheese-making process. The flavor is milder than other cheese and come in many varieties. Though, they have the same level of thickness with cheddar.

Did you know that the cheese curds have their distinct sound when eaten? The squeaky sound comes from the rubbing of elastic protein components against the enamel of the teeth. A squeaky cheese curd means that it is still fresh. Unlike traditional blocks of cheese which are left to age, curds are made less than two days ago.

Cheese curds come in many flavors. They can be whitish, yellowish, or orangey in color. Ideally, they have to be eaten within twelve hours. Beyond that, cheese curds will begin to lose the squeaky sound. Thus, it is recommended to eat the curds the same day they are produced. They can be stored in the refrigerator for months to retain the optimal freshness and squeakiness.

Left over curds can be microwaved for a few seconds to restore the squeaking feature when eaten. The best thing about these yummy little morsels is that they can be served directly or deep-fried. Thus, squeaky cheese curds are perfect appetizers. Below are suggested ways to serve squeaky cheese:

  • Battered cheese curds that are fried to a crispy golden brown are certainly addictive snacks. They are said to be traditionally adapted from Wisconsin. This way of serving is similar to serving mozzarella cheese sticks. Nowadays, this serving suggestion is becoming prevalent in the northeast and Midwest part of the U.S.
  • Squeaky cheese can also be eaten with French fries topped with light brown gravy. This is popularly known as poutine, a French-Canadian delicacy.
  • Melted cheese curds can also be used as a tortilla chips dip. You can just mix your desired hot sauce with plain curds and melt them. Voila! Your dipping is ready. Or you can simply enjoy these squeaky curds with crackers.
  • Another way of eating cheese curd is mixing it with your favorite salad. Fresh cheese curds can be used as salad topping. This goes to show plain curds remain to be everyone’s preference.
  • Cheddar cheese curds can also be added to soup. A hearty soup is perfect combination on a cold weather.

You now have everything you need to know about these appetizing goodies. The next time you nibble on cheese curds, you will definitely appreciate why they are considered one of cheese’s best kept secrets.