Camembert is a popular cheese that gets its name from the town of Camembert in Normandy, France, where it originated in the 18th century.
It is a mild soft cheese that was traditionally “surface ripened” and made with unpasteurised milk.
Nowadays it is mostly made with pasteurised milk for safety reasons, with only 10% of camembert being made using the original method. It is similar in consistency and taste to that of brie.
Camembert is commonly served baked whole in the oven and then opened to reveal a gooey cheese inside that can be dipped into with bread or crudites.
Can You Reheat Camembert in the Oven?
One of the benefits of camembert is that you can remelt it in the oven for a second time. Its taste and texture are not negatively impacted by this process.
If you have baked a camembert and used it for dipping but not finished it, then you can simply repeat the original process to melt it again and use it in the same way or for a different dish.
Can You Reheat Camembert in the Microwave?
Camembert can be safely and quickly reheated in the microwave. This method of reheating it very convenient for using up leftover camembert as a yummy dip or cheese topping as it only takes a few minutes to do.
Do ensure that the camembert you are using is made from pasteurised milk as this has already been sterilised and so is safe for reheating.
Ways to Use Up Camembert
Leftover camembert can be used in most of the ways that you might use leftover brie cheese or other soft cheeses.
It can be melted and added to tortilla chips or added in slices to a toastie to make a delicious sandwich. You could also use leftover camembert in a dish such as a potato and cheese pie.
How Long Does Camembert Keep For?
Camembert should be stored in the fridge, preferably covered back In its rind or in an airtight container.
If it is kept properly refrigerated, then it can be kept for 1 to 2 weeks and still be good to eat cold or reheat.
How Can You Tell if Your Camembert Has Gone Bad?
Whilst camembert is an easy cheese to reheat and use up it is useful to know the signs that would suggest that the camembert has gone off and is no longer ok to eat.
- Mould – It is important to look for signs of mould that were not present on the original piece. Whilst mould is common in cheesemaking if it develops the mould after it has been purchased and heated once then it is no longer suitable for eating.
- Colour and texture – Camembert that is no longer ok to eat may develop a brown colour around the edges and this may form hard parts on the cheese, or a brown crust may appear. This change in the cheese means it has gone bad.
- Smell and taste – If the camembert smells strongly or smells different to how it did before then this can indicate that it has gone bad.
It should not smell or taste any different to what it did originally. Sometimes camembert that has gone off has an odour like ammonia. Trust your senses to judge whether it is still good to eat.
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