Cheese Tasting – How to Bring Cheese to Room Temperature


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Why is cold cheese so tasteless?

If you regularly eat good cheese you will be well aware that eating cheese straight out of the fridge is a bad idea, it can be dull & flavourless, dry & crumbly or have a rubbery texture. If you’ve ever wondered why then read on.

How long before I can serve this cheese?

You may be having guests over at the weekend and plan to serve a cheese course, you’ve decided what cheeses to have on your cheese board, and made the purchase from a local cheesemonger. Don’t leave the cheese in the fridge till the last moment, read on

What temperature should cheese be served at?
Cheese needs to be brought up to room temperature which is approximately 20–22 °C (68–72 °F)

Why eat cheese at room temperature?

We can taste flavours in cheese better when it’s near our own body temperature

Every cheese is different. But they all contain fat which holds alot of the unique flavour. When Cheese is cold its much harder to determine flavour. When brought up to room temperature approximately 20–22 °C (68–72 °F) the fats warm up and release strong, and flavourful aromas that cannot be released when the cheese is cold.

Simultaneously, the texture of the cheese begins to change, becoming softer and and more creamy. The warm aromas allow the mouth and nose to do their job, whilst the softer texture means the tastebuds in the mouth have access to the full range of flavour.

How to bring cheese to room temperature

Cut the right amount

Only take the amount you need out of the fridge.
Taking a cheese in and out of the fridge will spoil it fast.

Place on a plate or platter

Place the cheese on a clean plate or platter away from moisture.
You can cover the cheese (it doesn’t need to be air tight).

Leave for at least 1 hour

Probabley the hardest part is doing nothing, becuase the temptation to nibble a bit can be too much!

That’s it

There you go, you’re ready to taste all the delicious flavours in your favourite cheese. Read our guide to tasting cheese and learn our Structured Approach to Tasting Cheese (SATC)

How long can I leave cheese at room temperature?

All cheeses are different. Some Cheeses can be left at room temperature much longer than others. Start studying with the Academy of Cheese to find out more

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