Cheese Storage 101

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At its prime ripeness, living cheese is a perfect but fragile balance of aroma, taste, texture and appearance.  Proper handling and storage can mean the difference between vibrant, delicious, living cheese and dead, ammoniated, spoiled cheese.

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What is cheese paper?

Finally, cheese storage made simple! Our cheese storage materials are designed specifically to keep cheese fresh and delicious.

  • Allows oxygen to flow freely, letting your cheese breathe.

  • Prevents moisture from escaping  to create a cave-like environment.

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Cheese paper is the difference between good cheese and bad cheese.

With Formaticum cheese paper

With Formaticum cheese paper

Conventional food storage

Conventional food storage

Cheese is living and needs to stay alive to taste its best. Conventional food storage materials are non-porous. Non-porous materials suffocate and kill cheese, making it smell and taste like ammonia. Non-porous materials trap all moisture, allowing water to accumulate as drops that cause surface mold and accelerate spoilage.

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Treat cheese like any other highly perishable product – and that means proper handling and storage.

More Cheese & Storage Tips

Cheese is the result of the slow interaction between milk solids, micro-fauna that exist in raw milk, cultures that are introduced by the cheesemaker and the environment in which the cheese is matured and/or aged. Some types of cheese — in full, uncut wheels — can age for many years as their flavor, aroma and texture improve over time. However, not all cheeses improve with age.

Once a wheel is cut and the rind is broken, the cheese begins to deteriorate, and small pieces of cheese have an even shorter lifespan than large wheels. Unless properly handled and stored, the cheese can quickly lose its distinctive taste, texture and appearance.

Cheese Tips

There are many types of cheeses and no single way to store all types.  However, there are general rules than can greatly reduce premature spoilage.  We have compiled a few tips that should help keep your cheese alive and tasting scrumptious.  

Don’t wrap cheese in conventional non-porous materials

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Never underestimate the value of an experienced cheesemonger

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Be mindful of the “cut & packaged date” printed on pre-cut cheese

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Use Formaticum Cheese Paper to wrap and store cheese

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Store each cheese individually

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“Face clean” room temperature cheese before re-wrapping

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Label cheese and note the date of purchase

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Keep cheese in the refrigerator and only warm what you will consume in each sitting

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Check and rewrap cheese periodically

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Cutting Tips

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