How To Keep Your Cheese Fresh In 5 Easy Steps

How To Keep Your Cheese Fresh In 5 Easy Steps

Your Ultimate Guide To Cheese Storage

Cheese is a perfect but fragile balance of aroma, taste, texture, and beauty.

Many people don’t know that cheese is actually a live, and needs oxygen and the right amount of humidity to keep it fresh and tasty. Proper storage can mean the difference between delicious, living cheese and ammoniated spoiled cheese.  

Don’t worry, proper storage is easier than you think. Here’s how to keep your cheese fresh in five easy steps.

1. Keep It Chill
Cheese likes consistent temperatures. When a wedge sits out for hours, you’ll notice the surface will start to look oily. This is completely normal, but once it happens, that cheese is ready to eat and should not be returned to refrigeration. The oil that has pooled on the surface cannot be replaced. For best preservation, only leave out the amount you intend to eat in one sitting and keep the rest in the fridge.

2. Store Whole
Cheese is best when stored in whole wheels or in larger wedges. Once the wheel is cut and the rind is broken, the cheese stops ripening and begins to deteriorate. It also exposes the inside paste, making it more prone to drying out. Remember: the smaller the piece of cheese, the shorter the lifespan.

3. Buy Less More Often
Yes, it’s true: we’re telling you to buy less cheese. Stay with us, though, we have our reasons. Once a wheel is cut and the rind is broken, the cheese begins to deteriorate. Small pieces have a shorter lifespan than large wedges, too. Basically what we’re saying is eat the cheese you have and then go buy more.

4. Cut Off the Rind
Rinds are the natural, built-in, packaging that protects the paste of the cheese while it ages. They make for a beautiful presentation, but once the wheel is cut open the rind no longer serves any purpose. They’re also a breeding ground for molds that will eventually start to grow on the surface of the paste. If you want to make sure your wedge of Alpage Gruyère stays mold-free in your refrigerator, slice off the rind before wrapping it up.

5. Stop Using Plastic Wrap
Cheese is alive and breathing, which means non-porous plastic wrap can smother and kill it. The most common type of plastic food film, the stuff that is stretchy and sticky, is designed to be a full barrier to keep liquids from spilling. This convenient type of food packaging has many great uses, unfortunately, wrapping cheese is just not one of them. Formaticum cheese storage products use a porous plastic that lets your cheese breath freely while maintaining optimal humidity.


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Upcoming Events

A list of all the upcoming cheese events and festivals you need to know about. Click the event title for more information and the ticket link.

November

Massachusetts Cheese Festival
Saturday, November 2nd 
Somerville, Massachusetts
Sample and purchase dozens of different cheeses, beverages and local foods and meet some of Massachusetts’ award-winning artisan cheesemakers at this event that features educational sessions with local cheese experts.

The Global Cheese Technology Forum 
Tuesday, November 5th - Thursday, November 7th 
Reno, Nevada
This biennial event is designed to provide the latest technical information relevant to the cheese industry and provide knowledge, education and networking.

Cheese Berlin
Friday, November 8th to Sunday, November 10th 
Berlin, Germany
This annual fest in Berlin’s Markthalle Neun is driven by a Slow Food ethos; it’s a great spot to sample artisanal and traditional wheels from throughout Europe.

Grant Park Wine and Cheese Fest
Saturday, November 9th
Atlanta, Georgia
Don’t miss Grant Park Conservancy’s 2nd Annual Wine & Cheese Tasting Festival in Historic Grant Park. Featuring locally made wine and delectable cheese to pair it with, there should be something for everyone to enjoy!  

Cheese Festa
Monday, November 11th
Tokyo, Japan
Did you know that this will be Japan’s 27th year celebrating a national Cheese Day? Explore the country’s elusive cheese scene at this annual festival. 

Fête des Fromage
Wednesday, November 13th, Friday November 15th to Saturday November 16th
New Orleans, Louisiana
Back for a second year, Fête des Fromages, otherwise known as the NOLA Cheese Fest, is a celebration of all things cheese set against the backdrop of the culinary mecca of New Orleans. Taste more than 150 cheeses and meet cheesemakers from around the world on the grounds of the New Orleans Jazz Museum. 

December

10th Annual Crucolo Parade
Thursday, December 5th
Concord, Massachusetts
See the largest wheel of Italian Cheese in the Western Hemisphere as it arrives on a horse-drawn cart accompanied by music, dancing, proclamations, and of course — sampling!

Cheese Fest UK
Saturday, December 7th
Bath, United Kingdom
Experience some of the greatest cheeses in the world with melted raclette, gooey mozzarella sticks, top notch toasties, and a whole host of unique slices and cheese innovations from the UK’s best traders. 

Say Cheese Wine Trail
Saturday, December 14th - Sunday, December 15th
Hermann, Missouri
Sip and sample wine and cheese pairings, from the classic to the creative. Held annually the second weekend of December, this event coincides with Hermann’s popular Kristkindl Markt, an Old-World holiday market. 

The Most Decadent New Year's Eve! @ Murray's Cheese
Tuesday, December 31st
New York, New York
Ring in the new year by sipping on Champagne and enjoy a tasting of  foie gras, caviar, honest-to-goodness truffles, and of course, the best cheeses Murray’s have to offer, some of which are so special that they're only available during the holidays!

 

January Events

Cheesemonger Invitational 
Monday, January 13
San Francisco, California  
The “Olympics of cheesemongering” returns. This event honors cheesemongers by putting them center stage in a unique competition that showcases their technical skills, encyclopedic knowledge, and passionate salesmanship. 

Artisan Dairy Food Safety Plan Coaching Workshop
Thursday, January 16 - Friday, January 17
Hartford, Connecticut
This coaching workshop is intended for Artisan Cheese and Dairy Food Producers who are preparing to create, or are already developing, a food safety plan for their facility. The goal of this workshop is to provide Food Safety Plan review and coaching sessions that guide attendees through each step in the development process. 

Isthmus Beer & Cheese Fest
Saturday, January 18
Madison, Wisconsin
Meet and mingle with brewers and cheesemakers from around the state (and beyond) and sample hundreds of delicious creations in the midst of your bleak Wisconsin winter. 

Dairy Forum 2020
Sunday, January 26th - Wednesday, January 29th
Scottsdale, Arizona
IDFA’s Dairy Forum is the premier event for dairy food executives to connect with other industry leaders, advance their knowledge, and to discover new perspectives on issues that are important to our industry. More than 1,000 dairy leaders are expected to convene to explore, discover, and experience the POWER OF DAIRY. 

National Cheese Lover’s Day 
Monday, January 20
Everywhere
Celebrate the curd and enjoy some cheese! It’s the perfect excuse to indulge in an old favorite or enjoy something new.


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