You want to start by selecting the best quality cheese, no matter what variety you’re buying. Here are some tips:
- Cheese should have a fresh, clean appearance with no cracks or surface mold. Be sure the packaging is sealed properly, without any openings or tears that expose the cheese.
- Buy cheese at a store or market where frequent shipments of fresh cheese are delivered. Check the “use by” or “sell by” dates on packaged cheese. If buying fresh cut cheese, ask the clerk how best to wrap the cheese for storage as well as how long the cheese can be kept.
- Look for the “Wisconsin Cheese” identification. You’ll know you are buying a product that has to meet the highest of cheesemaking standards.