We all love a bulk deal. Especially when it comes to the best thing in the world: cheese. Some households may manage to gobble up a giant yellow brick in a couple of days. But, most of us end-up staring at the leftovers wondering what to do with them.
Well, here are a few ideas of what you can do to maximise your cheesy investment.
Grate It and Freeze It
Cheese doesn’t freeze well when left whole. It gets crumbly and doesn’t slice well once defrosted.
The solution? Grate your leftover cheese and place the cheese into a re-sealable freezer bag. Put it in the freezer and whip it out when you need it. It works like a charm to zhoosh-up frozen pizza or makes toasted cheese sarmies on a Sunday night.
Leftover bits of cheese make the best sauce. Grab some milk and some flour to make a white sauce (or a béchamel for you fancy people out there). Then add the leftover cheese to make a delicious and rich sauce. Cool and pour into containers to freeze.
Voila, there you have cheese sauce whenever you need it. Think Wednesdays pasta meals when you don’t feel like cooking after a long day. WINNING!
Make a Soup or Pasta
Broccoli is best friends with cheese. Why not try making broccoli–cheese soup that you can freeze and take to work for lunch? Pasta also freezes well.
We recommend making some macaroni and cheese and freezing it in portions. Perfect to whip it out when the kids are hungry.
Make a Dip
Give your leftover cheesy bits new ooey-gooey life with a delicious cheese dip. It’s easy! Grab 2 cups of cheese, a clove of minced garlic and a cup of white wine (non-alcoholic if you prefer).
Then add a half a tablespoon of fresh herbs for an extra punch of freshness. Blitz it all together in a food processor (or a stick blender) and put in the fridge. It’ll be ready to serve with some crackers or fresh bread in an hour.
Use Parmesan and Hard Cheese Rinds in Soups and Stews
Got a chunk of ancient Parmesan hanging around the back of your fridge? Toss it into a stew or a soup for an extraordinarily rich and almost meaty taste. Italian Grandmothers have been using it as their secret weapon for years and now you can too. Just make sure to remove the rind before serving and no one will be the wiser.
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