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Dec 2, 2013 02:53 PM

Cheese Domes - do you collect them, use them, find them a bore?

There are some incredible choices out there! Any collectors of cheese domes here on CH?

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  1. I'm not a collector but I was gifted an antique one recently and it is charming. We love good cheeses here (Wisconsin cheese heads) and when we entertain, which is fairly often, we like to present some unusual cheeses (like elderflower or the recent TJ's sensations Red Fox or the Cheddar Trio).

    Do you have a collection?

    That brown & white Wedgewood one on Pinterest is GORGEOUS. Oh dear . . . .

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    1. re: sandiasingh

      I collect many things (adult flip books, adult pop up books, food related stamps, menus and hotel ware) but I don't collect cheese domes. I do admire the work/craftsmanship and the whimsy. I throw pots in my own studio so I also envy the talents. I have four domes that I use; each is glass. All gifted to me as houseplant planters...but I use them for cheese :)

      I like that dome from Pint also.

    2. I'm never quite sure what to do with a cheese dome. Do you remove it from the table when the cheese is to be served?Because otherwise you have to have a place to set the dome down while people serve themselves the cheese. It just seems like it's clumsy and takes up a lot of room.

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      1. re: Ruth Lafler

        Agree Ruth. As a newlywed many moons ago I was given a very pretty cheese plate, complete with a dome. I soon concluded the dome was a pain in the neck, both for serving and storage. For many years the dome has resided on a top shelf in an out-of- the way cabinet. The plate I use all the time and is stored in a more convenient location.

      2. According to Formaticum, maker of specialty cheese papers, the intended use of a cheese dome is to create the perfect environment for cheese to be stored. Problem is in my house, it never lasts that long, but I do love the look. I have cake domes that I use all the time for baked goods.

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        1. re: sandiasingh

          Now that makes sense. I like to keep my cheeses at room temperature for as long as possible, so I can understand keeping it under a cheese dome.

          1. re: Ruth Lafler

            Now I think I'm going to have to buy some cheese paper. If it's good enough for Ruth Reichl . . . . . . .

            1. re: Ruth Lafler

              Dad used to use a cheese dome to store his soft rind cheese as he loved them really soft and runny. Wish I knew what happened to it.

          2. Definitely some beauties out there for china-holics. Thanks for the links!

            I use overturned Depression glass mixing bowls as cheese domes; they're attractive, translucent, have more uses than just covering cheese, and nest in a stack.

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            1. re: ellabee

              Great idea, ellabee.

              BTW, I bought the cheese paper from Formaticum and it's wonderful. It's decorative on the outside (very subtle) and the lining is a waxy type clear paper. Keeps the cheese nice and fresh.