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Cheese 101

It’s a satisfying snack and an easy appetizer. Here’s what you need to know about choosing, storing, serving, and sampling cheese.

Favorite Varieties

This popular high-fat hard cheese takes its name from the village of Cheddar, in Somerset, England.

Traditionally made in Italy from the milk of water buffaloes, mozzarella is now made mainly from cow’s milk. It melts beautifully, making it the cheese of choice for pizza.

Goat Cheese
Like its cow’s-milk cousins, goat cheese (called chèvre) comes in endless varieties. The main attraction? Its wonderful tangy flavor.


Cheese Varieties

A primer on the basic varieties, plus a few delicious examples of each type.
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How to Store Cheese

Follow these tips to keep fromage fresh.
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The Best Graters and How to Use Them

Tools (and tips) to suit your recipe, your grip, and your budget.
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The Perfect Cheese Platter

What to buy―and how much―to create a delightful and delicious spread.
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A variety of cheeses
Cheese grater and cheese

New Ideas

Grilled cheese with bacon and tomoato sandwich

Grilled Cheese, 4 Ways
Elevate the sandwich from standard to surprising.

Maytag Blue Cheese

Blue Cheese Pointers
Know your Maytag Blue from your Stilton.

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Variety of cheeses

Cheese Party Checklist

What you’ll need for a tasting party of 12 people.

  • 3/4 pound blue cheese
  • 3/4 pound semifirm cheese
  • 3/4 pound super-aged cheese

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