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Correct storage of products helps preserve their nutritional and biological value, avoid spoiling and contributes to the prevention of gastrointestinal problems. This concerns all the products, but special attention should be paid to dairy products. This is because dairy products, such as milk, yogurt, cream, cheese, cottage cheese etc. are more likely to be spoiled. In most cases, only a few days are required to preserve their value, vitamins, and nutrients.
How can you make sure that dairy products are not outdated and can be consumed without any fear? The best way to do that is to check the recommendations and production date mentioned on the package. But what if you buy these products at the market, where the certification is under the question?
If you know the seller pretty well and can trust that person, then you should just follow the recommendations common for all dairy products, without any exceptions. To start with, you should keep milk, cream, and other dairy products in clean bottles and pots. This will not only help maintain their nutritional value but will also prolong their expiry date. It is a must to keep milk and other products manufactured of it in the closed tare and in a dark place. This is because they can easily absorb the scents from the surrounding world, which spoils their taste. You should store milk in those places, where the temperature is below zero. The optimal temperature for cream and cottage cheese is from 0 and up to 4 degrees above zero. The corresponding temperature for milk, mayonnaise, cream, and sour milk ranges from 3 and up to 6 degrees above zero, while that for cheese and butter constitutes 4 degrees above zero.
Speaking about cottage cheese and fermented milk drinks, it is desirable to consume them during 24 hours after the purchase. Cheese should be kept covered in a pot or a special container. As mentioned above, it quickly absorbs other scents. Moreover, it quickly dries out if the moisture in a fridge is low. To prevent these situations, you can either put the cheese into a closed container or cover it by the baking paper and put into a pack. After that, you can put the cheese in a fridge. By the way, if you need to keep small pieces of cheese in a glass pot, you can place a piece of sugar inside the pot to absorb extra moisture. Replace the sugar pieces regularly and your cheese will be aromatic and fresh!
It is possible to keep cheese in a fridge up to 10 days. Soft cheese sorts should not be stored longer than 2-3 days. Do you have plenty of cheese pieces at home? Then put them in a freezer, where they can be stored for quite a long period of time. Good luck with your experiments!