Like any dairy product, cheese has to be consumed within a short period of time. Through proper storage, you can prolong shelf life and preserve natural flavors. Here are some easy tips to help you.
Never use plastic wrap.
Wrapping cheese in plastic compromises its flavor. Cheese needs moisture to retain its full flavor, which is why you have to immediately remove the plastic wrap once you get home.
Wrap cheese in paper.
Cheese bag or cheese paper is typically used in storing cheese. It not only protects cheese but also allows it to “breathe.” Wax paper and parchment paper are good alternatives which allow you to store the cheese in a partially sealed bag.
Don’t wrap the paper tightly or loosely.
Wrapping cheese too tightly will cause the cheese to smell and taste like its wrappings, while covering it loosely will instantly dry it out.
Replace paper for every instant you unwrap the cheese.
Reused paper does not have the same “breathing room” like a new sheet of cheese or parchment paper. Replace your old paper with a new one to keep the cheese fresh.
Keep brine solution in check.
Soft cheeses are generally placed in a brine solution to maintain its freshness. You can replace the brine solution with your own by combining one tablespoon of salt and a few cups of water. Cheese naturally absorbs the salt so you have the opportunity to control how salty your cheese is by the amount you put in the solution.
Buy cheese in small amounts at a time.
Since cheese generally has a limited shelf life, cheese should be bought at small amounts at a time. Typically, cheese must be purchased and consumed within one to two sittings.
Sophie White is a foodie blogger based in Australia. She is passionate about all things food-related and is an accomplished home cook herself. With a tongue for all dishes local and international, she leads the online marketing campaign for American cheese brand Sargento.