Keeping Cheese Keeping Cheese

QUESTION: What is the best way to keep cheese?

ANSWER: Cheese should ideally be stored between 5-10°C, unless you have a well appointed cellar or store, the best place to keep your cheese is in your fridge. As most fridges are often a little too cold for cheese, try to put it as near to the bottom of the fridge (the warmest part) as you can. Ensure it is kept away from strong foods like meat and fish. Cheese is very absorbent and will quickly take on other flavours.  When you are ready to use your cheese, allow it to rest at room temperature for a while provided the room is not overheated. You will know if it is too hot when the cheese starts to sweat.

QUESTION: What is the best wrapping for my cheese, should I wrap it in cling film?

ANSWER: The best way to keep your cheese is in the wrappings we provide when you buy it. Alternatively, if you want to use cling film, make sure you use fresh packaging each time you re-wrap to prevent the spread of bacteria. If you have bought cheese with a wax or cloth binding, cover only the cut face of the cheese with film. You may like to experiment with silver foil, some people prefer this. Wrapping the cheese too tightly will cause it to sweat, insufficient wrapping will cause it to dry and crack. In France, people still use vine leaves to wrap their cheese - if you can’t find vine leaves, try keeping a stick of celery alongside your cheese to maintain moisture.

QUESTION: Can I freeze cheese?

ANSWER: This is a difficult one! You can freeze cheese but obviously the process changes the texture of the cheese so we don't recommend it unless you are prepared to use the cheese for cooking when it is defrosted>  As the freezing process breaks down the cheese it will be more crumbly when defrosted.  If you do decide to freeze - and we always recommend experimenting to see what suits you - wrap it very tightly and freeze it quickly.

Cheese and Pregnancy

QUESTION: What cheeses are safe to eat in pregnancy?

ANSWER: Cheese is an important source of protein and calcium for pregnant women but certain kinds do need to be avoided. Pregnant women are advised not to eat soft, mould-ripened cheeses, such as Brie or Camembert, and blue-veined cheeses such as Danish Blue and Stilton. This is because these cheeses are more inclined to allow growth of bacteria, such as listeria, which can harm the unborn child. However, thorough cooking should kill any listeria, so it should be safe to eat food containing soft mould-ripened or blue-veined cheeses, provided the food has been properly cooked and is piping hot all the way through.

In healthy adults, infection with listeria can cause a short-lived flu-like illness. Pregnant women however, can be hit harder by listeria for the same reason you are more susceptible to everything during pregnancy - Your immune system isn't working as well. Symptoms may include fever, chills, muscle aches, and back pain. Antibiotics will treat the infection and newborns can also be tested and treated.

Listeria infection in pregnant women is very rare in the UK, affecting only one in 25,000 pregnancies. Provided you avoid foods with a high risk, you are very unlikely to be affected. Unpasteurised cheeses are also safe to eat during pregnancy provided they are made from cows milk and are not mould-ripened or blue-veined.

QUESTION: Why are pregnant women allowed to eat un-pasteurised hard cheeses but are told to avoid un-pasteurised milk?

ANSWER: It is all about the age of the cheese - soft and blue cheeses are usually only a few weeks old so bacteria could be present regardless of whether they have been made with pasteurised or un-pasteurised milk.  Once a cheese is aged for longer the risk becomes negligble as the cheese becomes hard.  Recent studies actually found less harmful bacteria in un pasteurised cheeses!

Celebration/wedding cakes Celebration/wedding cakes

Wow - when we were putting our website together, we looked at lots of similar websites and the thing that struck us was how many do's and don'ts a lot of them have about wedding cakes!

We want to create the cheese "cake" you want so we try to personalise the service as much as we can.  The following Questions and Answers might help, however.


I would like a "cake" made from my favourite cheeses and not the ones shown on your website, can you do this?


Of course! Not all cheeses will stack well in tiers, paricularly British Cheeses which tend to be of similar sizes but we can talk to you about alternatives or discuss decorating the cake to make it look more balanced.  All it takes is a phone call and we will talk through options, send photographs if necessary and create a bespoke offering for you.


I only want to buy the cheeses for a "cake" and decorate it myself, can I do this?


Of course! We will never take an order for a wedding cake without contacting you to discuss your requirements.  if you are purchasing a small celebration cake it will come with suitable fruit, flowers, berries and herbs etc. you may choose to change this completely - it is all down to you!


How much notice do I need to give to order a cake?


Three weeks is probably the minimum but you can always contact us in an emergency and we will do our best to get something together!  It does happen and we have always managed to help out - on one occasion we put together a wedding cake for a 2pm wedding following a desperate plea for help at 10am the same day (its a long story but there was good reason)!

We will dispatch your cake to arrive 2 days before the wedding or event.  This means you will need to find some cold storage for it but it is definitely better than leaving it until the last minute and it not arriving - imagine the stress!


What size cake do I need?


We generally recommend that you provide 100g of cheese per guest.  Remember 98% of the population eat cheese and some will eat more than others.  This means that your wedding cake will cost from approximately £1.40 - £2.00 per head and will be considerably cheaper than a traditional eggs and flour cake.  We often find people saying they have 200 guests but as they have another cake/food they only want a cake for 50 -60 people, we will do this BUT you have been warned - cheese is more popular than traditional cake and remember that a cheese cake gets smaller towards the top so your top couple of layers will actually only serve up to 10 people so the other 190 guests may be unhappy!  it may be better to look at our budget option.


Do I need to visit your shop to order my cake?


No, but you are very welcome to visit and select your cheeses and/or collect your cake.  If your event is in the local area, we will arrange a FREE delivery to your venue and set the cake up with decorations for you.  Otherwise we will give you photographs and advice to do it yourself (don't worry it is not difficult)  We have seen some websites which charge a consultation fee and some which only allow weekday consultations.  We do not do either of these.  There are three ways you can order or enquire about a wedding cake:

1. Have a look at the cakes on the website then phone or e-mail us for more information.

2.  Order a cake directly from the website, in which case we will still contact you to discuss your requirements and answer any questions

3. Make an appointment to visit the shop for a consultation, look at lots of pictures and taste the cheeses. It is always best to make an appointment so we can ensure the right person is available.