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Cheese; keeping a truckle

If buying a whole truckle, the best way to keep it is to remove the cloth, which will probably have a natural mould on it, by slitting it vertically downwards with a sharp knife and then pulling it off.

Remove the top 1cm with a knife or wire and continue to slice off the cheese horizontally. The rind around the outside helps to prevent the cheese drying out. The best place to store Cheddar is in a cool larder, but the bottom of a fridge is good if the cheese is well wrapped, preferably in tin foil.

Try not to eat any cheese straight from the fridge, but allow it to reach room temperature.

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