TO ENJOY THE CHEESE AT ITS BEST


We recommend using cheese as follows:

Remove the cheese from the refrigerator at least one hour before eating. If you want to slice the cheese, cut it just before serving to prevent excessive oxidation.

Cutting cheese well is an art, and it is important when presenting it - the cut should be made so that each slice has the right balance between the pate and the rind. You should not forget that the flavour is most intense and pronounced in the part just under the rind. 

 

Conserving cheese naturally or…


It is normal that cheeses with a natural rind will develop some moulds while ripening that will aid their maturation. These moulds indicate that the product is genuine and has been carefully crafted and should be treated correctly to ensure the excellence of the cheese. If the cheese is "washed rind" you need only wash the cheese with warm water and remove the mould with a brush and dry with a paper towel, if the cheese is an “oiled-rind" remove the mould with a paper towel lightly soaked in olive oil. Wipe it over each side of the rind and leave the cheese to dry. When the cheese has already been cut, be careful not to wipe over the slice. When treated in this way the ripening of the cheese will continue in the best conditions.

 

…conserving it in the fridge


Never leave different types of cheese directly touching each other, but always place them in the lower part of the refrigerator where the temperature is less cold. The cut part must always be covered, ideally with plastic film, in order to avoid excessive oxidation.

 

LEFT OVER CHEESE: ECO…LOGICAL AND ECONOMICAL


Cheese is one of the foodstuffs most easily left forgotten in the refrigerator and is thus often wasted ... but it needs not be so, in fact it can be both an economical and eco ... logical resource!

L'Antica Cascina can provide some simple and tasty ideas to make the most of any leftover cheeses to turn them into delicious dishes!

 

Never throw away any leftover pieces of cheese as they can be cut up or grated and used to flavour pasta, soups, quiches and gratin dishes even when the pasta of the cheese has lost its moisture and seems rather dry. Below are some simple and tasty ideas for recycling pieces of cheese that are left in the fridge:

With just a little imagination you can invent any number of tantalizing dishes!

 

GRILLED

CHEESE

if the pieces that are left over are large you can cut them into strips and grill them on a griddle until crispy;

 

FRIED

CHEESE

hard-crusted cheeses can be fried in a non-stick pan or in a normal frying pan with a knob of butter

POLENTA

this is an ideal way to use up any  leftover cheese in the fridge,

preparing a delicious polenta cooked in the oven with a cheese topping or slices

of fried polenta served with cheese

PASTA IN

CHEESE SAUCE

when you find different types of leftover cheese in the fridge they can be melted together

with a little milk and a knob of butter to make a quick sauce for pasta,

finished off with a little grated nutmeg

MEATBALL OR 

VEGETABLE PATTIES

another recipe suggestion is for savoury patties, made with any type of leftover cheese mixed

with other leftovers such as small pieces of meat or any kind of vegetable,

to which you add 1 egg and breadcrumbs to form patties and which you can serve with a simple tomato sauce

PASTA SAUCE

dry cheese particularly can be grated and added to an “amatriciana” or “Carbonara” sauce,

or an aubergine sauce or whatever else takes your fancy

SPREADABLE

CHEESE

soft cheeses or ricotta can be mixed with a little milk to create a soft cream

that you can spread on bread or put in sandwiches

CHEESE

FRICO'

you can also cut the cheese into cubes and melt them in a pan, turning them when they are melted,

like an omelette as in the traditional Friuli recipe which uses slices of fresh Montasio cheese

FOCACCIA

by adding leftover cold meats or salami and any pieces of cheese

to a bread dough you get a stuffed focaccia

SAVOURY

FLAN

by using leftover boiled vegetables and cheese, ricotta is especially suitable,

you can prepare a quick flan by chopping up the vegetables and preparing a dough with cheese,1 egg, breadcrumbs, salt and pepper.

Cook the flan in a loaf mould in the oven for 50 minutes and the dish is ready for serving

PASTRIES AND

QUICHES

with short crust pastry you can also prepare some delicious pastries or pies,

stuffed with leftovers they are ideal for an aperitif, appetizer, main course or snack