Cheese Ripening


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Cheese Ripening

Aunt Bea | Nov 12, 2003 05:17 PM

Forgive my ignorance but how does one tell when a cheese is "ripe"? I assume that different cheeses ripen at different times and there is much to this scientific process. But, can I tell from looking at it at the gourmet/grocery store? What should I be looking for? I am a huge lover of all things dairy and I am trying to expand my cheese palate. I have heard that once a cheese is cut, the ripening process stops. I suspect that in many nonspecialty grocery stores, the person,ahem,cutting the cheese does not know or care whether it is ready. While I search for a trustworthy cheesemonger, is there any information that chowhounds can arm me with to assure I get the best product? Thanks.

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