How Much Cheese to Buy?

As a general rule of thumb, we recommend around 100 grams per person for after dinner, and up to 150 grams if cheese is the focus of the meal.

If you are buying cheese to serve over a couple of days or as part of a buffet, it is advisable to buy a few larger pieces. This will look better and keep better than many small bits.

To help visualise weights, a good tip is to consider that a regular supermarket block of butter weighs 250 grams.

How long will my cheese last?

There are a huge array of factors which affect how long cheese will last, but as a general rule we would recommend eating your cheese within 5-10 days of receiving it. Softer cheeses should be eaten the soonest, whilst harder cheeses will generally last the longest.

If you need your cheese to last, buy larger pieces as these tend to keep better and longer. They will also look better on the dinner table, if you are entertaining guests for example. Also, buy it as close to when you want to serve it as possible (although if you are having your cheese delivered, also remember to allow for a few days leeway in case of delivery disruption).

If you have any concerns over whether your cheese is safe to eat, please drop us a line and we’ll be very happy to help.

Further questions and guidance

You can find out lots more about how to look after your cheese on our 'Cheese Care' page here. Alternatively, please drop us a line in the shop and we'll be more than happy to help. You can either e-mail us using this form, or call us on (020) 7730 2088.