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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March

World Championship Cheese Contest
Tuesday, March 3rd to Thursday, March 5th
Madison, Wisconsin
The World Championship Cheese Contest is the world’s premier technical cheese, butter, and yogurt competition, hosted by the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association.

Wine & Cheese Fest 2020
Sunday, March 8th
Melbourne, Australia
The organizers of Wine & Cheese Fest have worked very hard to earn the reputation as a premier Melbourne festival. This is largely due to continuously supporting local wine & cheese makers, and local producers of quality, boutique products. 

Oregon Cheese Festival
Saturday, March 14th to Sunday, March 15th
Central Point, Oregon
The Oregon Cheese Festival is a farmer's market-style event celebrating cheese and everything that goes with it.  Sample and purchase local, artisan cheese, specialty foods, beer, wine, and cider from over 100 vendors.  

Mould Cheese Festival
Brisbane, Australia
Friday, March 20th to Saturday, March 21st
Sydney, Australia
Sunday, March 22nd to Monday, March 23rd
Mould Cheese Festival is a celebration of Australian cheese, presented by REVEL in collaboration with Nick Haddow of Bruny Island Cheese. The best producers from around the country  will showcase their produce in a farmers’-market-turned-festival style setting, with bonus cheese classes and more. 

Boston Beer & Cheese Fest
Friday, March 27th to Saturday, March 28th
Boston, Massachusetts
It’s craft beer, cider and cheese…what more do you need to know? Boston Beer & Cheese Fest focuses on New England-made craft beers, ciders and cheeses. Attendees will have access to over 80 craft beers and ciders from 25 local breweries/cideries, as well as tons of cheese from 12 local creameries, and local charcuterie.

California Artisan Cheese Festival
Friday, March 27th to Sunday, March 29th.
Sonoma Wine Country, California
A weekend long celebration brought together by a lively and friendly group of experts and presenters from the wonderful world of artisan cheese. The festival promotes broad awareness of the artisan cheesemaking community and enjoyment of its products.

April

Coulommiers Cheese and Wine Fair
Coulommiers, France
Friday, April 3rd to Monday, April 6th.
For 52 years this festival has been going strong every spring. Featuring a tasting of traditional cheeses and wines and a very rich program of high quality events! 

Cheese Expo
Tuesday, April 14th to Thursday, April 16th
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
A gathering of over 4,000 cheese industry leaders, suppliers, marketers and more will gather to share information about the latest in cheese technology, new products, whey opportunities, product safety, marketing and additional issues affecting our industry. Nowhere else in the world will you find the collection of cutting-edge cheesemaking equipment, business insight, and networking opportunities that CheeseExpo delivers.

Raw Milk Cheese Appreciation Day 2020
Saturday, April 18th
Cheese lovers, here's more cause for celebration: Raw Milk Cheese Appreciation Day is April 18, 2020. Join the global cheese community in a toast to the history-laden and microbe-rich goodness of raw milk cheese.

South African Cheese Festival
Saturday, April 25th to Monday, April 27th
Stellenbosch, South Africa
Escape to SA’s favorite outdoor culinary festival over the long weekend! Discover an exciting selection of cheeses, including well-known local and international brands and unique artisanal creations. Experience an incredible range of products that complements cheese perfectly – from wine to beer, gin and bubbly.  

Sixth Annual Carolina Mountain Cheese Festival
Sunday, April 26th
Asheville, North Carolina
Meet the makers, learn about cheese making and crafts related to the cheese industry, sample and purchase local products. Featuring the Cheese Tease Chef Competition, and benefiting Western North Carolina Cheese Trail.

May

Artisan Cheese Fair
Saturday, May 2nd to Sunday May 3rd
Melton Mowbray, United Kingdom 
60 cheesemakers and producers showcase over 300 of the UK’s rarest and most sought after cheeses. There is a full program of demonstrations and workshops including how to make your own cheese and for the kids, butter making.

Gruyère Guild Cheese Festival
Saturday, May 2nd to Sunday, May 3rd
Gruyères, Switzerland
The event is all about conviviality, discovering produce from Switzerland and elsewhere and tasting regional delicacies. At each stand, a new cheese, a new taste, a new produce is presented. From the entrance of Gruyères, the aroma of cheese hovers in the air; not only from the numerous cheese stands, but also from the restaurants that offer traditional cheese dishes.

Victoria Cheese and Meat Festival
Saturday, May 9th
Victoria, British Columbia
Attendees will walk at leisure around the grounds bite-size tastes of showcasing products while pairing the bites with wine, beer, and cider. It is an exciting time in the Pacific Northwest. With the abundance of artisan shops, and restaurants showcasing fantastic product, as well as the relaxing import laws on dairy allows us to share the best the world has to offer. 

Liquid City Cheese Expo 2020
Sunday, May 17th
San Diego, California
Bringing together a curated list of San Diego top breweries, coffee roasters, distillers, kombucha and cider makers, this one day EXPO features unique one-off collaborations, educational presentations, demonstrations, and explorations with cheesemakers from across America. 

Coopers Hill Cheese Rolling
Monday, May 25th
Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
A nine pound round of Double Gloucester cheese is rolled from the very top of the hill and competitors chase after it down to the bottom. The first person across the finish line is crowned winner, with the cheese as their prize.


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