Fresh cheese is cheese that has spent very little time aging, and is intended to be eaten soon after its made. The taste, though milder than aged cheese, is usually creamy, salty, and tangy. Fresh cheese can range from creamy and spreadable to soft and stretchy to delicate and crumbly.
The taste of fresh cheese is typically milder than aged cheese, which develops more pungent and piquant flavors as it ages. While fresh cheese tends to be soft and pliable, aged cheese loses its moisture as it ripens, giving it a firmer texture. Young cheese tends to be better for melting, while aged cheese is usually better for slicing and grating. We add fresh cheese to a dish to give it a creamy texture, while we add aged cheese to give a dish more flavor.