Types of Cheese

Know the 8 Basic Styles of Cheese, From Semisoft to Surface-Ripened

Know the 8 Basic Styles of Cheese, From Semisoft to Surface-Ripened

So you love sharp cheddar and you'll blindly fork over $10 for a wedge of oozy brie — but what do you really know about this beloved dairy product? While cheese can be a complicated subject, one simple way to understand the colossal food category is to learn the eight basic styles of cheese and each style's general characteristics — an important lesson we learned from cheese expert Laura Werlin. Read on to buy cheeses with confidence: by the time you're finished, we promise you'll know your semihard cheeses from their soft-ripened counterparts.

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