If you’ve managed to resist eating all your Apetina® Paneer in one sitting, you might want to squirrel the rest away for your next cooking adventure. The good news is that paneer is easy to freeze. If you’re freezing a whole block, wrap it in clingfilm and then tin foil, to prevent freezer burn. For cubes, pop them on a baking tray and freeze for three to four hours, before sealing them in a ziplock bag and putting them back into the freezer. Frozen paneer is good for around six months. To defrost, put your frozen paneer in a ziplock bag and into a bowl of warm water. Simple!
Cooking with cheeses can be daunting, but paneer can be fried, barbequed, grilled, and roasted, resulting in a texture that's crisp on the outside and creamy on the inside. A neat little trick is to squeeze any excess moisture out of the cheese before using it, which helps it keep its form and allows you to create a delicious crust, without sacrificing those little cubes of joy. Paneer has long been used to add bursts of creaminess to hot and spicy dishes. Add it towards the end of the cooking process so it takes on just the right amount of flavour.
Originating in India, paneer has a long-standing relationship with spices, so you’ll most commonly find it in Indian dishes, such as Matar Paneer, Palak Paneer or our Apetina® Paneer and Spinach Curry. Comforting and packed with that savoury tang, it only takes half an hour, from start to finish. However, because it lends itself to a variety of cooking methods, it has found its way into a variety of cuisines. Paneer is just as at home in an enchilada as it is in a curry. Try our recipe for Apetina® Paneer fajitas with all the big, bold flavours of one of Mexico’s most iconic dishes. For something lighter and fresher, check out our Apetina® Paneer stir-fry and add an extra dimension of flavour and texture to this quick and simple dish. For further inspiration, check out our recipe pages.
What makes this squeaky, easy-to-use cheese so special? At its simplest, paneer is simply milk that’s been curdled, by the addition of citric acid. Unlike other cheeses, it’s unsalted, allowing you to use it as a blank canvas on which to build your favourite flavour profiles. The key to Apetina® Paneer is its simplicity. We use milk and citric acid, combined with milk proteins to help it retain its shape and make it easy to pair with veggies in almost endless combinations.
Think of paneer and you might think of Indian cuisine. After all, it’s a staple in some of the country’s best-loved dishes. However, in more recent years, this incredibly versatile ingredient has moved beyond curries to find its way into stir-fries, stews, salads, soups and everything in between. Whether you’re a fan of Asian flavours or are looking for something to add an extra dimension to your home-cooking, paneer cheese is fast-becoming a favourite in kitchens across the world.
Finding the time to create quick and satisfying midweek meals can be a bit of a challenge. Using Apetina® Paneer cheese gives you the chance to turn those run-of-the-mill veggies into something that everyone will look forward to. Stuck for inspiration? Check out these ten sumptuous suggestions.
While paneer might be synonymous with Indian food, its adaptability means it's just as easy to use in other cuisines. Delightfully decadent and with a remarkable ability to hold its form, Apetina® Paneer is a superb way to elevate your mid-week menu from the norm to something exciting.
Cheese is used throughout the calendar in many cuisines, from fresh summer salads to rib-sticking winter warmers. While you might instantly associate paneer with things hot and spicy, it’s got plenty to offer, all year round. Mild, firm and with an uncanny ability to get to know other flavours, there’s a paneer dish with your name on it, whatever the weather.
Paneer and curry go hand in hand. Although it may have originated in Persia, the cheese’s mild and moreish qualities make it the perfect addition to Indian cuisine, mellowing the heat and complementing the spices. Whether it’s the mainstay of a meal or a cooling accompaniment, paneer has been an essential ingredient in Indian cuisine for hundreds of years. Let’s take a look at three of the classics that use this versatile ingredient.