Hard, soft, fresh, get to know the different cheeses
Pizza and pasta without cheese? Not for us! Today, we’re celebrating our favorite milk product and want to tell you everything worth knowing about the different cheeses, both hard and soft.
One thing is clear, we at Vapiano love cheese! For what would our pizza, lasagna, pasta etc. be without this delicious milk product? In the supermarket, the delicatessen or on the market, there are many different cheeses to discover – from hard, to sliced, to soft cheeses there’s plenty to discover. Here, we introduce you to the most most-loved cheeses and help you refresh your knowledge about this tempting treat.
Strong and punchy hard cheeses
Whether you enjoy it as it is, in a sandwich with warm dishes, thanks to their strong taste, hard cheeses go really well with many dishes. The consistency of hard cheeses is firm, because they have a low water content. A hard cheese has to mature for at least three months, some types of hard chees even take several years to mature and the longer a hard cheese is left to mature, the more intense it tastes. Popular varieties of hard cheese include Emmental, Gruyère, Manchego and our favorite, Grana Padano D.O.P. Vapiano fans know this particular hard cheese is a key ingredient for many of our dishes.
From Camembert to Gorgonzola, say hello to the soft cheeses
Did you know that soft cheeses need to mature both outside and inside? The longer this cheese is left to mature, the softer and stronger it becomes in flavour. Some soft cheeses are covered with a layer of mould, in Camembert, this is white and in the Limburger it’s yellowish-reddish. Gorgonzola, however, is streaked with blue mould.
The perfect variety for grilled cheese
As the name suggests, sliced cheese comes in slices and is ideal for using in a grilled cheese. This type of cheese gives a good bite and is a little softer than the hard cheeses but harder than the soft cheeses. Milder varieties include gouda and cheddar. The stronger sliced cheeses include Appenzeller, Havarti or Danish Blue. By the way, it’s not just hard cheese that you can grate. You can also buy popular sliced cheeses in a block, grate them and bake casseroles or gratins with them, for example.
The best type of cheese for sandwiches and desserts
This variety is cheese should be enjoyed almost immediately and doesn’t need time to mature. This category not only includes cream cheese, which often ends up on our sandwiches, but also cottage cheese, ricotta, quark and mascarpone. Creamy cheeses are the only ones that you can make sweet treats with like our delicious Crema di Fragola.
Storing your favorite cheeses
For all cheeses, the lower the water content in the cheese, the longer it will stay fresh. Soft and creamy cheeses should be eaten within four days, whilst sliced and hard cheeses should be eaten within ten days. But how should you store your different cheeses? Once you’ve given your fridge a good clean, and stocked it up with food, you should put your cheeses in the middle cooling zone. If you buy your cheese at the supermarket or at the market, you should leave it wrapped in cheese paper, to keep it fresher for longer. Pro tip: A block of cheese lasts longer than sliced cheese. So, ideally, you should buy a whole block and cut it into slices at home.
Which type of cheese will you be stocking up on?