Wine, Cheese and Charcuterie Guide

Cheese 101

Cheese as it Ages

Enjoy these quick and easy facts and tips for buying, storing and understanding how to make the most of your cheese!

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Understanding Moisture

The aging of cheese is often dictated by the type and moisture content of the cheese. Cheese loses moisture as it ages causing the flavors to concentrate and the texture to change. Fresh cheeses do not age well because there is too much moisture in them to begin with.

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Soft Cheeses

As soft cheeses age, the paste is broken down, allowing it to soften and gain complexity. Too much aging will result in mold on the rind which releases ammonia, making the cheese bitter. Wash-rind and bloomy-rinded cheeses age from the outside in.

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Firm/Hard Cheeses

Moisture evaporates as hard cheeses age, resulting in more complex, concentrated flavors. As the cheese ages, the outer layer crystalizes, altering the overall texture of the cheese.

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Blue Cheeses

Blue cheeses age from the inside out. Aging intensifies the blue-moldy flavor and causes it to lose moisture, resulting in the change from a creamy to a more crumbly texture.

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