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5 Ways with Cheese

Canadians love cheese! And no wonder, there are endless varieties, textures and flavours to please everyone. Cheese is also portable, easy to use, nutritious, satisfying, and works for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.

You likely have a couple of packages in your fridge right now! To help you use up every last morsel, here are five ways with cheese.

1. Top Your Salad

Cheese makes a great addition to salad, whether the recipe calls for it or not. This Watermelon Cucumber Salad tastes great topped with feta or goat cheese. No problem if you don’t have the exact variety called for – use what you have. This Pear, Pecan and Parmesan Salad would be equally good with Gouda, Cheddar, Asiago, Fontina or another cheese that needs to be used up.

2. Freeze It

When you have more cheese than you can manage, freeze it. Wrap well and freeze blocks of cheese or grated cheese. Even soft cheese can be frozen for use in cooked dishes where slight changes in texture won’t be noticed.

3. Make a Creamy Soup

Cheese can add flavour and rich, creamy texture to soup. Use it as a garnish or as a main ingredient. For smooth results, stir in slowly over low heat and allow each portion to melt and incorporate fully.

4. Decadent Egg Dishes

Eggs and cheese are a classic combination whether sprinkled on top or cooked right in. Use fresh cheese like feta, ricotta or goat cheese or reach for more powerful cheeses like cheddar, gouda, or blue cheese. Which cheese will you try in this Fridge Harvest Frittata or these Breakfast Muffin Frittatas?

5. Power Up Your Pasta Dishes

In pasta dishes, cheese adds flavour, provides creaminess and can help balance acidity. Use it as a topping like in this Pumpkin Pasta recipe or as a main ingredient like these Mini Pasta Frittatas.

Pumpkin Pasta

Did You Know?

Did you know mold growing on firm or semi-firm cheese like cheddar, Parmesan, Gouda or mozzarella can be cut off? Cut away the mold plus 2.5cm (1 inch) around it. If mold appears on pre-shredded, soft or fresh cheeses like cream cheese, cottage cheese or brie, they should be composted. For best storage practices read How to Store and Use Cheese