Pleasant Ridge Reserve should be stored in a humid part of your refrigerator, such as the vegetable crisper. Wrap the cheese in wax paper and then place it in an unsealed plastic bag or in a plastic container to prevent it from drying out. Before serving, bring the cheese out to room temperature for at least 30 minutes. If the cheese was exposed to too much heat or wrapped in plastic, use a butter knife to scrape any oil buildup from the cut surfaces.
Pleasant Ridge Reserve is often served as a table cheese, on its own or with bread, fruit and nuts, but it is also an excellent melting cheese and a fantastic garnish for salads, soups, gratins and omelets.
Rush Creek Reserve needs to be stored cold and served warm. Keep it in the refrigerator in its original packaging and bring it out to room temperature, unwrapped, for at least an hour before serving. Or, wrap the cheese in tin foil and place it in a 250 degree oven for about 20 minutes. Once warm, the paste will soften under the rind until it is the consistency of custard, at which point the cheese is ready to be eaten.
To serve, remove the top rind by cutting around its perimeter and peeling it away to expose the paste. Spoon the silky interior onto potatoes, dip into it with bread and fruit, or enjoy the luscious texture and deep flavors on their own. The rind itself is delicious and should be tasted alongside the cheese to add another dimension of flavor and texture.
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