How To: Store Cheese

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The best way for a cheese monger to wrap cheese is with clear plastic. You can see exactly what the cheese looks like, and make sure there's no mold.

So what's the worst way to wrap cheese? Clear plastic wrap. It traps evaporating moisture that condenses into tiny pockets of water, providing the perfect environment for mold to thrive, and it's not the French kind of mold.

I've learned that if I come home from market and put plastic-wrapped cheese in the refrigerator, I might as well save a step and toss it straight into the garbage.

Instead, the first thing I do is rip off the plastic, check for any mold, and immediately wrap the cheese in wax paper, which repels the evaporating water from the cheese.

To keep the wax paper from unfolding in the fridge and letting the cheese dry out, I wrap the package in aluminum foil, and write the abbreviated cheese name on the outside with a Sharpie, as in "Ched." Properly wrapped, a soft cheese can last up to three weeks in cold storage, and if it starts to get funky, I shred the outside layer, and replace the old wax paper with new.

Harder cheeses, like Parmigiano-Reggiano, can last two or three months if wrapped properly. If you shred Parmigiano, it will easily last two weeks in a glass container. Of course, American Parmesan, which we mockingly pronounce Par-MEE-zhun, will last considerably longer in that green shaker.



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storage Tulsa OK

Storing food or different items are sure of essence and the proper storage is always helpful. When it comes to cheese, many still find it challenging but thanks to a post like yours, there are various options to try!

Terry Costello
Terry Costello

This works really well also. http://www.formaticum.com/Also those seal-a-meal food bags that suck the air out are good on hard cheeses.

Soft, or fresh cheeses should be eaten within a week.  They have a much higher water content, which is the best environment for pathogenic bacteria.

Hard cheeses are good for very long period, because of the low water content.

FattyFatBastard
FattyFatBastard

I've always just put cheddar cheese in a ziplock.  Last block lasted over 6 weeks and I only had to shave off the tiniest portion near the end.  I'm not sure this is correct.

SirRon
SirRon

Any disadvantage to just adding a small piece of paper towel with the cheese and putting it in a zip lock?

Ariane
Ariane

here cheese comes wrapped wax paper <3

Guest
Guest

Do you know that it works, or shall I conduct a 4th Grade Science Fair Project with that piece of Hennings Wisconsin Cheddar?

PattyT
PattyT

Frozen cheddar crumbles when thawed.  You can keep a block of hard cheese, like cheddar, from molding by wrapping it in a white vinegar soaked cloth and placing it in an airtight container.  I've done this.  It works.

FattyFatBastard
FattyFatBastard

Actually, my mother buys shredded cheddar in Bulk at Sam's and freezes several ziplocks at a time.  It does work.

SirRon
SirRon

I just always knew the clear plastic wrapping never worked. I usually take a quarter to a half piece of paper towel and have had better results. I'm all about whatever works best, although it is nice to be able to see the cheese.

Guest
Guest

Excellent point.  Most foil-wrapped objects do go "stealth" in the fridge, but I tend to seek out cheese.

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