Dairy Produce And Eggs Guide
Dairy Produce And Eggs Guide – Milk and milk products, such as yogurt, milk and cheese, are widely used in cooking and can add a delicious richness to many sweet and savoury dishes. Strong-tasting cheeses, such as Gorgonzola or Parmesan, not only contribute a wonderful texture, but also add real bite to many savoury dishes.
Milk, cream and yogurt. These products are widely used in both sweet and savoury cooked and uncooked dishes, adding a rich, creamy taste and texture. There are many varieties of each available in supermarkets, and most are reasonably priced, apart from double and clotted cream, which can be expensive.
Butter. There are two main types of butter – salted and unsalted (sweet). Unsalted is better for baking cakes and cookies.
Hard cheeses. These firm, tasty cheeses are good for cooking, and if you select stronger varieties you will not need to use as much to give a good flavor. Cheddar, Parmesan and Gruyère are the most popular, although grano pedano makes a very good economical alternative to Parmesan, which tends to be expensive. All should have a dry rind. Store wrapped in baking parchment in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
Semi-hard cheeses. These vary in softness depending on the type. Choose cheeses that feel springy and have a firm rind. Wrap in waxed paper and store in the fridge for 1-2 weeks. Popular choices include fontina and halloumi.
Blue cheese. These strong, often sharp cheeses usually melt well and are good for cooking and flavoring sauces. Stilton is usually good value for money.
Soft and fresh cheeses. Store these unripened cheeses in a covered container in the fridge for up to 1 week. Mozzarella has a mild flavor and melts well. Feta is crumbly with a salty flavor and is good in salads. Mascapone is creamy and can be used in sweet or savoury dishes.
White rind cheeses. These creamy cheeses are delicious used fresh in salads or cooked. Brie is one of the best and its flavor ranges from mild to extremely strong. Goat’s cheese has a distinctive flavor and can be used in a range of dishes.
Eggs. Widely used in sweet and savoury cooking, eggs are incredibly good value for money and are very versatile – they can be boiled, poached, fried, scrambled or baked. They are also widely used in baking. Buy the best you can afford – hens reared in better conditions produce better-tasting eggs.