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How to Store Cheese
The Kitchn ^ | Nora Singley

Posted on 02/08/2014 12:42:45 PM PST by SamAdams76

Cheese storage is one of those confounding subjects. If you buy a really nice cheese, you don't want to ruin it with a lack of parenting skills, right? Perhaps you know how you shouldn't store cheese. But do you know how you should? Proper preservation of cheese is easier than you think.The first thing to know: DO NOT store your cheese in plastic wrap! Wrapping cheese directly in plastic is the equivalent of flavor suffocation. Cheese is a living, breathing thing, and closing it off to air is just about the worst thing you can do to it. Plus, plastic wrap has a taste, and it takes just a day for that flavor to start making its way into the face of the cheese.

The best way to store your cheese is in cheese paper. The next best thing (and probably the easier way) is to wrap your cheese first in parchment or waxed paper, and then loosely in plastic wrap or a plastic baggie. This method provides a bit of breathability for the cheese without it drying out.

• Place the parchment or waxed paper flat on your counter with the wedge on top, and then bring the edges of the paper up and around the cheese, creasing as you go to make neat, clean folds. You can use tape to secure if you'd like.

• Label the paper with the cheese variety and date.

• A loose plastic wrap or a plastic bag over the paper generally keeps things tight (and keeps out fridge odors).

• Keep your cheese in the warmest part of the refrigerator, like in your cheese or vegetable drawer. An even better method is to designate a large tupperware container as your cheese home, where all of your cheese pieces can live.

• But don't forget about your cheese once it's in your refrigerator! Ideally, you should buy as much cheese as you think you'll consume in one to two sittings. Try bringing home small quantities more often so that so that you don't have to store it, since home refrigeration preys on those uneaten, forgotten wedges.


TOPICS: Cheese, Moose, Sister; Food
KEYWORDS: cheese

1 posted on 02/08/2014 12:42:45 PM PST by SamAdams76
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To: SamAdams76

IBTFMR

[in before the first moose reference]


2 posted on 02/08/2014 12:45:46 PM PST by Salamander (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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To: SamAdams76

Oh, how I love Cheeses!


3 posted on 02/08/2014 12:45:47 PM PST by Mrs. Don-o (When I grow up, I'm gonna settle down, chew honeycomb & drive a tractor, grow things in the ground.)
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To: Salamander

A cheese once bit my moose’s sister. And she liked it.


4 posted on 02/08/2014 12:47:50 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: SamAdams76

I know I’m not a cheese connoisseur but almost all cheese at the store come wrapped in plastic. All my cheese is DOA?


5 posted on 02/08/2014 12:48:55 PM PST by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: SamAdams76
If you buy a really nice cheese, you don't want to ruin it with a lack of parenting skills, right?

This line reminded me of the time Lucy Ricardo sneaked a 30 pound cheese out of France on an airplane by pretending it was her baby.


6 posted on 02/08/2014 12:50:06 PM PST by Dr. Sivana ("We are not sluts."--Sandra Fluke)
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To: Cyber Liberty

MOUSEBENDER: It's not much of a cheese shop, is it?

WENSLEYDALE: Finest in the district, sir.

MOUSEBENDER: Explain the logic underlying that conclusion, please.

WENSLEYDALE: Well, it's so clean, sir.

MOUSEBENDER: It's certainly uncontaminated by cheese.

7 posted on 02/08/2014 12:50:11 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: SamAdams76

So when will Nora tell us how to cut the cheese?


8 posted on 02/08/2014 12:50:35 PM PST by MIchaelTArchangel (Have a wonderful day!)
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To: SamAdams76
15 year waxed cheese
9 posted on 02/08/2014 12:51:01 PM PST by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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To: dfwgator

“Bang.”


10 posted on 02/08/2014 12:52:59 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: Cyber Liberty

“What a senseless waste of human life.”


11 posted on 02/08/2014 12:53:53 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: SamAdams76

I take it my cheap store brand cheese isn’t the really nice stuff so it can be stored in the plastic wrapper it came in.


13 posted on 02/08/2014 12:54:47 PM PST by bgill
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To: SamAdams76
How to Store Cheese
14 posted on 02/08/2014 12:57:13 PM PST by real saxophonist
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To: bgill

good cheese comes in wax

i know this because i read it on the internet


15 posted on 02/08/2014 12:58:42 PM PST by bigheadfred
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To: real saxophonist
The joke being, how to store "cheese" in the Free Republic archive...

Cheesy joke, I'll shut up now.

16 posted on 02/08/2014 1:01:38 PM PST by real saxophonist
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To: bigheadfred

That’s good to hear, because they can’t put it on the internet if it isn’t true.

“Bon Jour!”


17 posted on 02/08/2014 1:04:25 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: SamAdams76
I've been using this cheese paper from Amazon, and it's great!


18 posted on 02/08/2014 1:10:22 PM PST by BlessedBeGod (Democrats are Cruz'n for a Bruisin' in 2016. / Obama=Unspeakable Audacity)
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To: SamAdams76

Cheese here doesn’t last long enough to be concerned with storing it.


19 posted on 02/08/2014 1:11:43 PM PST by Proud2BeRight
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To: SamAdams76

I might not know how to store it, but I do know how to cut it.


20 posted on 02/08/2014 1:13:16 PM PST by loungitude (The truth hurts.)
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To: SamAdams76

Back in the 70’s, I think, somebody gave us part of a block of government cheese that they were distributing. That was some good cheese. I think what made it so good was it had aged in a warehouse for a long time. Now that cheese comes wrapped in plastic I don’t think it ages.


21 posted on 02/08/2014 1:13:52 PM PST by Lurkina.n.Learnin (This is not just stupid, we're talking Democrat stupid here.)
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To: Dr. Sivana

http://www.metacafe.com/watch/cb-QLf18d8yOa40/i_love_lucy_the_confusion_of_cheese_season_5_episode_26/


22 posted on 02/08/2014 1:18:16 PM PST by rawhide
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To: SamAdams76

You don’t store cheese. You eat it!


23 posted on 02/08/2014 1:18:35 PM PST by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: SamAdams76

My dog just cut the cheese.


24 posted on 02/08/2014 1:21:58 PM PST by dainbramaged (Windage and elevation, Mrs. Langdon; windage and elevation.)
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To: Cyber Liberty

That sounds series.


25 posted on 02/08/2014 1:25:10 PM PST by Salamander (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin

Seriously?


26 posted on 02/08/2014 1:26:57 PM PST by crazycatlady
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To: dainbramaged

“My dog just cut the cheese”.

STOP blaming the dog.. we know it was YOU! :)


27 posted on 02/08/2014 1:30:30 PM PST by momtothree
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To: dfwgator

lol always loved that sketch


28 posted on 02/08/2014 1:32:30 PM PST by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis
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To: crazycatlady

Yes, I suspect that this article is meant for foodies who buy their cheese at Pike Place Market, not the Kraft Singles crowd or people who buy it at Target. The only really nice cheese I get on a regular basis is ungrated Parmesan, which I love to grate myself. Maybe I will start storing it in paper.
Once in a great while, as a special treat, I buy cheese at the farmers market made by someplace in Snohomish WA, I think. That is out of this world.


29 posted on 02/08/2014 1:33:56 PM PST by crazycatlady
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To: dfwgator

I’d like to buy some CHEESE!


30 posted on 02/08/2014 1:54:35 PM PST by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: andyk

“WILL YOU SHUT THAT BLOODY BOUZOUKI UP!?”


31 posted on 02/08/2014 1:57:41 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: SamAdams76
"The power of cheese"..I loved that commercial.

I love cheese.

32 posted on 02/08/2014 1:59:37 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: dfwgator

LOL!


33 posted on 02/08/2014 2:01:54 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: All

“Moe, Larry, the cheese!!!”


34 posted on 02/08/2014 2:03:49 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: BlessedBeGod

Interesting. I’d never heard of it and am quite the cheese lover/consumer. I’ve always just wrapped my cheese in paper towel before putting in plastic. I don’t remember if I read that somewhere, sometime, or if it was just intuitive.


35 posted on 02/08/2014 2:08:19 PM PST by pops88 (Geek chick standing with Breitbart for truth)
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To: SamAdams76

Does it work on Venezuelan Beaver Cheese?


36 posted on 02/08/2014 2:25:43 PM PST by Scoutmaster (I'd rather be at Philmont)
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To: dfwgator

LMAO!


37 posted on 02/08/2014 2:27:36 PM PST by SgtHooper (If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.)
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To: SamAdams76
Wrap it in macaroni and store it in your belly! Discard after 48 hours.

-PJ

38 posted on 02/08/2014 2:35:40 PM PST by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: SgtHooper

Horace Walpole’s ‘Rogue Cheddar’, (sniff) one of the first of the Cheese Westerns to be later followed by ‘Gunfight at Gruyere Corral’, ‘Ilchester 73’, and ‘The Cheese Who Shot Liberty Valence’.


39 posted on 02/08/2014 2:36:56 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: Political Junkie Too

LOLOLOLO! Good one!


40 posted on 02/08/2014 2:45:11 PM PST by Exit148
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To: Starstruck
Keep your cheese in the warmest part of the refrigerator,

When I was married, we would have fondue once or twice a month. One of the habits was to always start it with 2-3oz of Gruyere. It wasn't always available at the markets, so we'd buy the typical ~ .1/2lb block, third it, saran wrapping each of the two unused portions, plastic bagging them, and into the freezer.

41 posted on 02/08/2014 3:40:22 PM PST by Calvin Locke
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To: SamAdams76

4ltr


42 posted on 02/08/2014 3:46:16 PM PST by JDoutrider
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To: SamAdams76

But don’t forget about your cheese...

Yeah this is not usually a problem even with my memory problems.

Right now I do have three cheeses that are out of date but haven’t made myself throw away yet. One is an Irish cheddar cheese that is in the fridge that loves to freeze everything so could be okay still even if not the best texture. Can’t tell until I open the package. This one could be closer to two years out of date.

I have a Collier’s Powerful Welsh Cheddar with a date of May 9 2013. Yes that is the name on the package and is from Wales.

Then there is the Cheddar with Chocolate with June 26 2013 date. I had bought two of these and that one was really sharp when it was in date I can only imagine what this one will be like. Clear package and I see no signs of mold and still tight vac seal. From the UK.

All bought at Aldi’s for probably $3.99 or less.
I like their smoked Gouda which is $2.99. That is about as fancy I get with cheese.


43 posted on 02/08/2014 5:22:15 PM PST by CARDINALRULES (Tough times never last -Tough people do. DK57 -- 6-22-02)
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To: SamAdams76

I don’t know what the big deal is, I just leave it in the spray can in came in.


44 posted on 02/08/2014 6:00:08 PM PST by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: Starstruck

I’ve been wrapping it in aluminum foil after opening the plastic wrap it came in. Has worked pretty well.


45 posted on 02/08/2014 9:02:53 PM PST by oldtech
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