Storing Cheese 101 - The Basics
Seeking out amazing cheeses is only half the challenge. The way you store and serve them is where the real magic is for you and your friends to enjoy the amazing flavours from around the world. Get it right and you're the rockstar for the night.
How long can I store cheese?
Cheese is a living and breathing thing so we don't want to suffocate it in plastic. We want to let it breath and maintain the right humidity levels. When we wrap our cheeses we use a special wax paper which maintains the right conditions. So when you get your cheese, keep them in the same packaging. Whole cheeses such as brie are best kept whole. When cut, their shelf life dramatically reduces to a couple of weeks. If you buy cut soft cheeses, make these the first on your list to eat. If you get them whole, they're good for 4 weeks.
For hard cheeses that we hand cut, these have a shelf life of 4 weeks. Remember to keep them in the wrapping that you buy them in.
What temperature should I store cheese?
Ideally cheese is stored between 10ºC and 15ºC which is great if you have a fromagerie. To all those lucky enough to have one, brilliant. The the rest of us (99.999%), you're in luck! The fridge is a great place even for your finest artisan cheeses. Cheese will keep well. We suggest the best place is in the vegetable drawer. It's best to keep them away from other foods so that odours don't affect their flavour. And even keep them away from other cheeses. You don't need your fine chevre taking on the stench of a Epoisses. Don't get us wrong, we LOVE stinky cheese. But not everything needs to get its funk on. You can also put your cheeses in a Tupperware container which will help the segregation.
Do you have any cheese questions?
If you have any questions at all, let us know via our Facebook page. We want you to get the most out of your amazing cheeses. Cheese is a wonderful thing once you start exploring.
"Blessed are the cheesemakers"
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- Sam Penny