Know The Drill: Saving shredded cheese from going mouldy
Cheese is without a doubt one of the most popular ingredients in the world, used in almost every restaurant throughout the world. With the increase in the popularity of cheese almost every popular comfort food contains cheese, from pizzas, burgers, sandwiches, mac and cheese and chicken parmigiana. Cheese has become an essential ingredient in enhancing the taste of a dish.
Among the various types of cheeses, there is one particular cheese that is exceptionally versatile, and that is Mexi Shred Blend from Pure Dairy. It is great on salads, burgers, tacos, quesadillas, nachos and pretty much everything else. Many people who aren’t even that fond of cheese will always find themselves won over by the creamy texture and milk flavours of Mexi Shred Blend. It is mild enough to not overpower other ingredients but flavourful enough to be enjoyed on its own.
Every restaurant often keeps some sort of shredded cheese blend around, for a range of dishes. With this comes the common problem to ensure you are storing your shredded cheeses properly and preventing them from going mouldy.
No chef wants to open their fridge and see their bag of shredded cheese be ravaged by mould. So, if your restaurant is a common user of cheese, this is a major inconvenience.
There are many ways to prevent your cheese from forming mould in the first place, so you need to be sure you are taking all necessary action to avoid it, so here are some great steps to avoid mould and increase the shelf life of your cheeses:
Freezing is one of the best methods to preserve foods for a long period of time, and this is also true with your shredded cheeses.
To prevent your cheese from growing bacteria or stop it from going mouldy, you’ll want to keep it in a cool, dry place. Keep your cheese in the coolest part of the freezer for the better result.
Store in a Sealed Bag
The key to keeping your shredded cheese fresh is to keep it away from oxygen. Oxygen causes the cheese to oxidize, which can cause it to develop off-flavours. Keeping your shredded cheese in a sealed bag will not only keep it from clumping together but will also slow down the oxidation process, keeping your shredded cheese tasting fresh for longer.
Note: storing shredded cheese in cheese bags/paper is preferable, as they are specially designed to store cheese.
Store in Small Portions
Since shredded cheese is one of the most-commonly used ingredients in any kitchen, many restaurants have a habit of stocking up on large bags of it and storing it in their freezer. However, if you don’t want to end up with one frozen lump, store it in smaller portions. Defrosting and freezing the cheese multiple times will degrade its quality and taste, so storing it in smaller portions will help you work with only the portions you need.
Labelling the Date
One of the most crucial parts of storing cheese is labelling it. Before you put your bag of shredded cheese in your fridge/refrigerator, DO NOT forget to label it.
Labelling the cheese will always remind you how long the cheese has been sitting in your fridge and which cheese bag needs to be consumed first.
If you are looking for the best shredded cheese blend on the market, then look no further than Pure Dairy’s Mexi Shred Blend. A delicious blend of four cheese that is perfect for any dishes, no matter what you’re making. Get in touch with Pure Dairy today to find out where you can get Mexi Shred Blend for your restaurant.