September 10 2021 – That's Amore Cheese
Ideally, you should buy cheese when you need it. But we have all been there and sometimes it's hard to restrain ourselves when buying cheese, and we end up with more than what we need!
So, if you find yourself in this scenario, don’t worry! We have some tips to help you keeping your cheese fresh for as long as possible.
Consider cheese as living creature! It sweats, ages, and even breathes. That is why the best way to store any kind of cheese is to keep it in their original wrapping or in baking paper (preferably a compostable one!) to help the cheese breath and continuing its living process.
We recommend cutting a piece 2-3 times the size of your cheese, to allow for complete coverage.
Make sure to label the cheese, along with the date it was purchased. That way you can tell what is inside without unwrapping it and you can keep track of how long it's been sitting in your fridge.
Now that your cheese is wrapped up, where should you keep it? We advise that you store wrapped cheese in a mini cardboard or wooden box with a lid; this will prevent cold draughts from getting to your cheese while also allowing the cheese to retain moisture. If a wooden box isn’t available, use a plastic container with a lid.
Finally, when storing your cheese box or container in the fridge, we recommend keeping it in a drawer in your refrigerator since those areas are typically not as cold. The ideal temperature to store cheese is between 4-10°C, which is why the coldest part of your refrigerator will likely be too cold!
Bonus Tips for Storing Cheese
Tip 1: If you unwrap a piece of cheese and are surprised by something fuzzy clinging to its surface, don't panic. Just cut it off and you are good to go; unless it's on a soft cheese, in which case it may be past its prime. Trust your instincts—if the cheese looks or smells off, it probably is.
Tip 2: Don't freeze cheese! It will destroy texture and affect flavours. However, freezing cheese is fine if you're just using it for cooking.
Tip 3: Remember to serve your cheese at room temperature and if you take it out for a get-together or for a late-night snack, be sure to re-wrap it in fresh paper.