Cheese Storage

What You Need to Know About Cheese Storage

Cheese storage can be difficult to do correctly if you do not understand your cheese.  It is important to remember that not all cheese is the same.  Therefore, different cheeses will need to be stored differently.  For example semi-soft cheese or hard cheeses can be wrapped in foil to help keep it from molding.  However, shredded cheese will remain fresh longer if it is kept in an air-tight container and sealed properly.

Some people may purchase parchment paper as a way to store different types of cheeses.  This may be a good idea because some cheese needs to be able to breath.  Parchment paper allows this to happen as air can get out but it can not get in.  This is a good idea for soft cheese such as Brie.  You may want to double wrap cheeses that have a very strong odor like blue cheese.  This will help keep the smell for moving through your refrigerator.  You will double wrap it by starting with parchment paper and then wrapping all of it in plastic.

You want to store your cheese in a location in your refrigerator where you can control the humidity or in places where there is a higher humidity like in the drawer.  You will want to remember to keep the same cheeses together when you store them.  You are not going to want to store cheddar with blue cheese.  You are going to mix the flavors and smells and this will not taste very good.  Also, each cheese is going to age at a different rate.  Because of this, you are not going to want a cheese that can last six months with a cheese that will only last for three weeks.

There are so many ways that you can enjoy cheese that it is virtually a staple in every home.  People that enjoy wine may also be cheese connoisseurs and spend a great deal of time finding the perfect cheese.  They will most likely know how to store the cheese that it will last.  They are also going to recognize that mold on cheese may be good for it because it adds flavor.  Often times, it can be sliced off and the remained of the cheese can be eaten.  However, you are going to need to use your judgment about when your cheese needs to be thrown away because you do not want to eat it if it looks really bad.

Remember that you should never store cheese in the freezer.  This will destroy the cheeses properties and ruin the flavor.  If you do not have a choice and you have to freeze your cheese, when you thaw it you will want to use it to cook with rather than to slice and eat.  If you are worried that you are going to have to freeze you cheese because you do not have any room to store it, then you may not want to buy more than you can eat.  You want to enjoy your purchase so why ruin in with your storage method?   

Hard and soft cheese all age differently and react differently to the way they are stored.  It may be a good idea to begin by looking up some of the common cheeses that you purchase to determine what their properties are.  Once you have done this, you can search for the proper ways to store it so that it remains fresh.  You may be able to also find different storage containers that are made just for different types of cheeses.  You can look online for these or in different home catalogs.  Spend time researching this topic if you are serious about cheese.  You may find out some interesting things.