Ultimate Guide for Storing Cheese
Updated: Jun 23, 2019
Alright, so you had Pretty Platter Boxes curate a stunning grazing table for your fabulous event, and now the party is over, your guests are on their way home and there are chunks of gouda, Humboldt Fog, and some Danish Blue Cheese staring back at you. (A completely unrealistic scenario, I know but just incase.) Here is an ultimate guide for storing and keeping that scrumptious cheese fresh for as long as possible.
There is nothing that we love more than cheese. I cringe at the thought of any of it going to waste.
My customers always tell me, the cheese is the first thing to go. So, incase you do face a situation with leftover cheese, or just need to store some for that get-together your planning, we are giving you everything you need to know on keeping it as fresh as possible. This way I will sleep a lot better knowing I have done my duty in cheese waste prevention. Better to be safe than sorry right?
So, let's talk storage.
Yes I know, when you buy it at the grocery store its in plastic wrap so it should be ok to just keep it there. But I need to tell you...
DO NOT, STORE YOUR CHEESE IN PLASTIC WRAP!!!
The aggressive all caps was needed because I need to be very clear. So you understand to not make this very, very common mistake. Now let me explain...
Cheese is alive, and needs to breathe.
The secret to storing cheese is either purchasing cheese paper, Formaticum creates the best/easiest storage products, or parchment paper which is probably already in your pantry, works really well too.
The paper allows your cheese to release any by-product odors, and minimizes the growth of new bacterias on the surface.
Your best bet would be to keep in the warmest place in your fridge. Store at 41-47 degrees Fahrenheit, any cooler and the quality of the cheese could be compromised.
Regardless of the type of cheese make things easier for yourself and just keep store in the vegetable crisper, cheeses like humidity. (Side note-The harder the cheese the longer it will last.)
We now know that cheese is alive, it's got to BREATHE. It needs oxygen and humidity. Plastic wrap just suffocates, traps moisture, causing unwanted mold and accelerates spoilage.
Now you know how to extend the life of cheese, check out our post for 5 Expert Tips on Serving Cheese I hope to share our love of cheese and make you all cheese experts by your next wine tasting, or dinner party.