The most popular Canadian Hard cheese is Parmesan. Given its taste and versatility, this is not a surprise, but did you know that Canadian Parmesan is covered with one very hard rind. How hard? According to both cheese and ballistics experts, it is practically bulletproof!More about Parmesan Less about Parmesan
A cheese with a long tradition, Parmesan adds kick to any dish it gets added to. Just think of the cuisine of Italy, and that alone provides endless ideas for this cheese. A young Parmesan, aged from 6 months to 1 year, can very well be part of a cheese tray.
Stored properly, the low moisture content of Parmesan and most Hard cheeses in general, allows them to keep in the refrigerator for up to ten months.
Proper storage includes making sure that the wrapping adheres well to the cheese to prevent it from drying out. Store your cheeses in the refrigerator’s vegetable drawer. If storing for long periods, change wrapping frequently, as Hard cheeses can absorb the strong odours of other refrigerator items, including certain vegetables.
Plastic wrap is the most versatile, accessible and efficient way to preserve cheese freshness. It also provides the tightest seal to protect from moisture, odours and possibly mould in the fridge. Vacuum packs are another good option when storing Hard cheeses in the refrigerator.
Most cheeses can be frozen, but it is important to keep in mind that freezing can affect texture and character. This is why thawed cheeses are best reserved for use in cooking. Neither the taste nor texture of meals cooked with previously frozen cheeses will be affected.
You can freeze Parmesan, in pieces of 500 g or less, for up to two months! Just carefully wrap cheese in plastic wrap and place in an airtight freezer bag or vacuum pack. Before using, it is important to allow cheese to thaw slowly in the refrigerator.
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