The word Raclette comes from the French "racler", which means "to scrape". Of Swiss origin, Raclette is both the name of a cheese and a dish, where melted Raclette tops boiled potatoes, bread and pickled vegetables.More about Raclette Less about Raclette
Raclette has a thin, copper-coloured rind. The interior is cream to yellow and dotted with small holes. Similar to Gruyere, the aroma and taste evoke nuts, milk and butter. Its origin makes it known as a great melting cheese in fondues, grilled cheese sandwiches and the meal Raclette.
Raclette and Firm cheeses in general, will keep in the refrigerator for more or less 5 weeks. In fact, storage allows this cheese to further ripen and develop in flavour.
Proper storage includes making sure that the wrapping adheres well to the cheese to prevent it from drying out. Keep cheeses on a lower shelf of your refrigerator, far from foods with strong odours, to avoid absorption of unwanted tastes and smells. If you follow these guidelines, your refrigerator’s vegetable drawer will be a good storage spot.
To preserve the freshness of washed-rind cheeses, use breathable wrap like waxed paper to allow oxygen to work with the bacteria.
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 Raclette cheese, 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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