Hard cheese is a term used to describe a well-aged pungent cheese with a dry, crumbly texture that makes it suitable for grating and cooking. If hard cheese develops a small area of surface mold, it is easily scraped off... More »

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Soft cheese is unripened cheese, while hard cheese has had time to ripen. The more ripe the cheese, the harder it is. Soft cheese is made by coagulating milk proteins, called casein, with acid. Hard cheeses are made with... More »

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All hard cheeses are free of lactose, such as cheddar, Asiago, Edam and cotija. Other lactose-free cheeses include fontina, Gouda, Havarti, St. George and enchilado. More »

The term "hard cheese" refers to a wide range of cheeses with tastes that vary from mild to pungent. Generally manufactured from pasteurized or raw milk, these aged cheeses are ideal for grating or crumbling. More »

Aged gouda is a fine example of a hard cheese, defined as one with a texture ranging from elastic at room temperature to hard enough to grate, according to the American Cheese Society. A Dutch specialty, gouda has a shar... More »

While hard cheese can stay out of the refrigerator and get warm without any safety issues, soft cheeses require more refrigeration. Cheeses such as ricotta and mozzarella should not be left out of refrigeration for more ... More »

Soft cheeses begin to grow mold within one week of being opened. Semi-soft cheeses, such as mozzarella, Monterey Jack and feta, last about two to three weeks without mold. Firm cheeses, such as Cheddar, Colby and Swiss, ... More »