1. The optimal temperature to enjoy cheese is 16 ºC for fresh cheeses and 22 ºC for cured cheeses.

2. To cut cheese, it is important to use the right tools:

  • For soft and fresh cheeses, a soft blade knife with holes.
  • For hard and cured cheeses, a hard knife with an angled blade.

3. If the cheese is difficult to cut, you can warm up the knife blade using hot water.

4. Every slice of cheese should be served with a part from the centre and a part from the edge. Cheeses mature from the inside out and flavour varies from the centre to the rind.

5. IIt is best to cut the amount of cheese you would like to consume in one sitting. If you cut too many slices and have some left over, air contact will decrease the shelf life of the cheese.

6. Croutons or leftover bread are ideal for softer cheeses. Soft bread is best served with hard and cured cheeses.

7. There are many types of food that are ideal for matching with cheese:

  • Assorted fruits: pear, apple, pineapple, peach...
  • Jams and preserves...
  • Nuts: walnuts, almonds and pistachios...

8. A good cheese selection is usually made up of 5 to 7 different cheeses, with an average 20 gram portion for each type of cheese. This selection can be combined with 3 to 4 additional ingredients and 1 or 2 wines.

9.

  • Younger cheeses should be combined with mild wines and never with highly acidic or fruity types.
  • Soft cheeses are best combined with cavas.
  • More mature cheeses (over six months old) are best accompanied by aged red wines.
  • Blue cheeses and older cheeses are best combined with sweet and natural wines.

10. Cheeses combine well with craft beers, which offer a wide range of possibilities in terms of flavour.

11. Cheese should always be kept cold at 4 ºC as this is the ideal temperature at which to preserve cheese.

12. Once the cheese packaging is opened, you can keep cheese in a sealed plastic container, in the fridge or in a cool place. It is best to separate soft cheeses from hard cheeses.

13. You can keep the fresh cheeses with a plastic film into the fridge or in a plastic container in a cold place.

14. Maintaining moisture is essential in order to retain the original features of the cheese. To do so, you must always protect the cheese in its original packaging or using other suitable materials: wax paper for soft cheeses, tissue paper for hard cheeses or plastic wrap (preferably perforated) for both types