5 things you should know before travelling with cheese
One of the questions we get asked the most at The Cheese Barrel is: "Can I bring the cheese to my country?" The short answer is: Usually, yes!
But there are little things you should take into consideration, such as customs restrictions, how to store your cheese, how to travel with your cheese and what best before dates mean cheese.
To help you out we have put together a list of 5 things you should know before travelling with cheese - be it to your home country or as you drive around the Swan Valley.
1. SAFE TRAVELS
Most hard cheeses can last for hours (the less moisture content on the cheese, or the oldest it is, the longer it will last) out of the fridge, but try to keep it as cool as possible. On the other hand, soft cheeses will require more cooling and a strong plastic container to help it keep its shape.
While you are driving around, travel with the air-conditioner on and don’t leave the cheese in the car. Take it in with you when you visit other stops as it will be cooler than left in a hot car. A cooler bag & ice brick is a great idea (Ask our staff about it, we have TCB Coller bags for sale).
Store your cheese in the fridge, the veggie crisper or the top shelf is often the best place in the fridge. Once opened either wrap it back in the original cheese paper or tin foil and keep in a plastic Tupperware type container. This helps keep a micro-climate for the cheese. We recommend consuming the cheese within 2 weeks of purchase.
3. COUNTRY RESTRICTIONS
You are allowed to bring cheese to most countries, however it is worthwhile paying attention to the declaration requirements when entering the country to ensure you comply with the rules. Note: you are not allowed to bring cheeses into the UK form outside the EU.
4. AIRPORT RUSH
Keep the cheese as cold as possible before heading to the airport. Pack soft cheese like Brie, Camembert and Washed Rinds in a strong plastic (sturdy is the word we would go with) container and make sure you check them in. Soft cheese will be confiscated by security if put through with carry-on luggage. The same applies for any condiment that sets as a paste at room temperature ie fig or quince paste.
5. BEST BEFORE DATES
Much like wine has cellaring and drinking recommendations on the label, the Best Before date on cheese is a guide to its consumption. It is often at its ripest and tastiest at the Best Before date and for up to 7 days past the date.
We know it is hard to remember all that.. so next time you are at The Cheese Barrel, ask our friendly staff to provide you with a printed copy of your cheese travelling tips!