Where does cheese aging take place?
Cheese can be aged in any climate-controlled environment where cool temperatures and high humidity allow the cheese to age at an even and controllable pace. For this reason, many cheeses were traditionally aged in caves, and cave-aged cheese is back in style as cheesemakers continually search for the best way to create the perfect cheese.
Why isn't all cheese aged?
Some cheeses like burrata, mascarpone, feta, and mozzarella aren't meant to be aged long at all. These cheeses are typically moister varieties with a different set of microbes and bacteria. Aging them would only rob them of their form and flavor.
Which cheese is aged the longest?
Parmesans and cheddars are often aged at least two years and often longer.
How is parmesan cheese made?
Parmesan cheese is made by milling the curd into very small pieces to release as much of the liquid whey as possible – it's the key to achieving the firm texture of parmesan. The curd is pressed into large wheels and immersed in brine for three weeks or more to soak up the salty flavor, then aged on shelves for 12 to 36 months where it is regularly cleaned and turned.
What is burrata?
Burrata is a fresh cheese that is not aged. It's made of an outer shell of fresh mozzarella that's filled with cream and fresh mozzarella curd.
How is feta cheese made?
Feta cheese is made by cutting the curd into smaller blocks that are salted and dried for several days, then submerged in a salt brine for several weeks or months. When the cheese is ready, it is shipped and sold still in its brine.