Cheese storage tips

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During the Canadian National Exhibition I was invited by the Dairy Farmers of Canada to come and visit their All you Need is Cheese experiential kitchen and tasting area. Besides getting to eat a whole lotta cheese made with Canadian milk, I also got a chance to interview DFC spokesperson Anne-Marie Shubin who told me that the number one question people ask her is “how should I store cheese?”

Well, if you’re one of those curious people, here are Anne Marie’s tips for storing cheese:

1. Resist over-buying. Once cheese is cut it won’t get better with age and freezing cheese always diminishes its texture.
2. Wrap soft cheeses, which have living rinds, first in parchment paper or foil and then in plastic so that there is some oxygen available to keep the rind alive.
3. Wrap firm cheeses in plastic wrap and change the wrap frequently so that mold growth is discouraged.
4. If you discover a few millimetres of mold growing on your cheese, it’s perfectly safe to cut it off; however, before cutting it up to eat, clean your cutting board and knife and discard the wrappings.
5. Always wrap blue cheeses well and store them in separately from other cheeses to prevent their pungency from changing the flavour of the other cheeses in your refrigerator.
6. It’s safe to bring cheese to room temperature before you serve it but make sure it is wrapped so that the surface doesn’t dehydrate.
7. If cheese has been at room temperature for 3 hours or more, it should be discarded.

How many kinds of cheese do you usually have on hand at one time? Is there one kind of cheese that you simply have to have at all times?

13 Responses to Cheese storage tips

  1. Barb says:

    Right now I have Laughing Cow (not even sure if that is “real cheese”), a lovely Maple Cheddar, & Havarti Dill. I just buy a little; once in a while to save me from eating it all at once. I buy cheddar more than anything but I have weaned myself away from “having” to have it in the fridge.

  2. cheryl says:

    I have a ton of cheese in my cheese drawer right now. A blue and some awesome sheep cheese I got as samples; a bunch of cheddar and mozzarella; some Laura Chenel goat cheese… god, I have a problem.

  3. Diva says:

    I just did a count – currently there are six! kinds of cheese residing in my fridge: aged Gruyere, sharp cheddar, a big hunk of Parmesan, some herbed goat cheese, a goat’s milk Camembert and mozzarella.

    That’s pretty typical for me – we like cheese and it will all get used.

    The Parm and sharp cheddar are must-haves for me.

  4. DFC will also hold cheese seminars and tastings in Toronto at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair from November 6th to 15th (www.royalfair.org), and at the Season’s Christmas Show from November 20th to 22nd (www.seasonsshow.com).

  5. There is always a rotating list of loveliness. Some basic and aged cheddar and sheep feta for the girls, and usually some Boursin, Fairwinds Farms goat cheese, and one or more of parmesan, asiago, or montasio.

  6. Rosa says:

    Thanks for the great tips… It is also better to keep your cheese in the veggie compartment of your fridge.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  7. Natashya says:

    I love cheese!
    I always have mozza, cheddar, feta, blue, and a block of parm in the fridge (also some slices.. don’t tell anyone!.
    Also, I have been making my own soft cheeses lately; goat, ricotta, and queso blanco so far. Yum!

  8. Sharon Haslam says:

    I’m so glad I’m not the only one with a ‘cheese drawer’. It’s a great snack for everyone! I’ve got everything from cheese strings, baby bel, Kraft slices (which my 5 year old calls BBQ cheese), fresh grated Parm, white aged cheddar, herbed goat, brie, harvarti slices, yellow cheese curds, ricotta, cacchiocavale (amazing in cubes in soup), a giant block of marble and skim milk mozzerella! Ok so I went shopping last night and stocked up for school and a long party weekend–still not too different from my everyday cheese drawer.

  9. Great tips, thanks for sharing🙂

  10. Kevin says:

    Great tips! I always have a few cheeses in the fridge.

  11. eki einstein laksamana says:

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