Types of Cheese

  • Cheese is made from milk.
  • In some countries the milk from goats, ewes and camels is used to make cheese.
  • In Britain most cheese is made from cow’s milk. 
  • Cheese may be grouped in several ways.

Types Of Cheese

  1. Very Hard (Parmesan)
  2. Hard (Cheddar)
  3. Semi hard (Stilton)
  4. Soft – Unripened (Cottage)
  5. Soft – Ripened (Camembert)
  6. Processed (Cheese Slices or Cheese Spread)

Very Hard Cheese

  • Very hard cheese has a low water content.
  • Good keeping quality.
  • Strong flavour.
  • Close texture.
  • An example of a very hard cheese is Parmesan cheese.

Hard Cheese

  • Hard cheese has a relatively low water content.
  • Has good keeping quality.
  • Examples of hard cheeses are Cheddar and Gruyere.

Semi-Hard Cheese

  • Semi-Hard cheese has a higher water content.
  • It is more difficult to store.
  • Examples of this cheese are Stilton, Gorgonzola, Danish Blue, Roquefort and Edam.

Soft – Unripened Cheese

  • Soft cheese has the highest water content.
  • The high water content encourages the growth of bacteria and mould.
  • Storage time is reduced.
  • Examples of unripened soft cheese are Cottage cheese and Cream cheese.

Soft – Ripened Cheese

  • Soft cheese has the highest water content.
  • The high water content encourages the growth of bacteria and mould.
  • Storage time is reduced.
  • Examples of ripened soft cheese are Fetta cheese and Camembert.

Processed Cheese

  • Processed cheese is made from a mixture of cheeses.
  • It may be sold in slices.
  • Some processed cheese has butter added to make it into a creamy spread.
  • Examples of processed cheese are Cheese Slices and Creamy Cheese Spread.

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