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Best Marinated Cheese Recipe

This recipe for the best marinated cheese works well for two reasons. Marinating the cheese can add flavors, enhancing the cheese and it can keep the cheese fresh for months.


BEST MARINATED CHEESE RECIPE

This recipe for the best marinated cheese works well for two reasons. Marinating the cheese can add flavors, soften and enhance the cheese. But it can also preserve the cheese, keeping it fresh for months.

Sometimes we buy cheese in large slabs and don’t always use it up right away. Submerging it in oil is a centuries-old method of preserving cheese. The oil keeps out bacteria, so it is safe to eat for many months. Since we are usually serving the cheese with olive oil, the combination works well. The texture becomes softer, and with a cheese like Parmesan , it keeps it from getting too hard.


JARS

We have used any number of cute, antique or attractive jars or crocks for doing this, but honestly, the easiest and most practical is the average canning jar.


Best Marinated Cheese Recipe
Best Marinated Cheese Recipe

INGREDIENTS FOR THE BEST MARINATED CHEESE RECIPE

For the best marinated cheese, start with the best ingredients. This is basically just the two ingredients, cheese and olive oil, so select a really good cheese and a really good olive oil.

CHEESE

We are fortunate to have excellent local cheeses in California and well as local cheese shops and farmer’s markets where it is easy to shop for local products. We also shop on the internet for real parmesan cheese from Italy and other European cheeses. The difference in quality is amazing.

Preserving the cheese in oil works best with hard cheese like Parmesan, but we have also marinated soft goat this way, with herbs from our garden to add flavor. The herbs impart some flavor to the cheese, but more to the oil, that we later serve with the cheese.

The cheese marinating in oil does not need to be stored in the refrigerator, but just to be safe, we store it there anyway, especially when we have added herbs. The oil becomes translucent because of the cold, but it becomes clear again and ready to serve by letting it sit on the counter for about thirty minutes.

Best Marinated Cheese Recipe
Parmesan Cheese Preserved in Oil

EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL

We use California Olive Ranch olive oil because we like the taste and quality and it maintains that buttery taste. They have a way of harvesting the olives that allows them to leave the olives on the trees longer, which gives the oil the mellow rich taste. And, since it’s a California company, it qualifies as buying local

Olive oil
California Ranch Olive Oil

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best marinated cheese recipe

BEST MARINATED CHEESE RECIPE

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Cuisine: French
Keyword: cheese, olive oil
Servings: 12
Calories: 159kcal
Author: Lisa LeCoump
Marinating the cheese can add flavors, enhancing the cheese and it can keep the cheese fresh for months.

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Ingredients

  • 1 pound hard cheese, like parmesan
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • herbs optional

Instructions

  • Cut off the rind, and cut the cheese into sections that will fit in the jar about ½ inch across. Leave about half an inch of space at the top. Add herbs (optional) Pour olive oil into the jar until the cheese (and any herbs) is completely covered. Make sure it is covered, because any cheese sticking out may grow mold. Put the lid on the jar and tighten. Store at room temperature or in the refrigerator.

Nutrition

Serving: 12g | Calories: 159kcal | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Sodium: 0.4mg | Potassium: 0.2mg | Calcium: 0.2mg | Iron: 0.1mg

WHY THIS RECIPE IS SUSTAINABLE:

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Nutrition Facts
BEST MARINATED CHEESE RECIPE
Serving Size
 
12 g
Amount per Serving
Calories
159
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
18
g
28
%
Saturated Fat
 
2
g
13
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
2
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
13
g
Sodium
 
0.4
mg
0
%
Potassium
 
0.2
mg
0
%
Calcium
 
0.2
mg
0
%
Iron
 
0.1
mg
1
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.