What are some tips for buying cheese at a grocery store?
Good question! Cheese can be a fairly pricey ingredient, so you want to make sure it will be worth it once you get it home. Since it can be hard to tell how long a cheese has been sitting in the grocery store display, what you want to search for are the cheeses that look fresh: That means there should be no heavy discoloration on the rind or the inside of the cheese, or signs of new mold growth if it is a piece that was cut and wrapped in-store. You can also look on the back of the cheese where there should be a date stating when the cheese was cut–don’t buy anything that is more than a week past that date.
If you are buying a soft cheese like a little wheel of brie and you want it to be oozy, give it a little squeeze on its sides: the squeeze test! This technique will let you know if the insides are soft and ripe, or if they are still firm.
When it comes to deciding how much cheese to buy, only buy as much as you think you will need for a week at most; that way you will always eat fresh cheese. My last tip is to always try one new cheese–you never know if you are about to discover a new favorite!