- How should I store cheese?
When storing cheese, it should always be kept in the refrigerator. Plastic wrap is good, but a cloth is better because it allows the cheese to breath.
- How should I trasport cheese?
Some seasoned cheese (like Pecorino or Parmigiano) can withstand a short time period without refrigeration, so if you are traveling to a dinner party nearby you don’t need to worry. But when traveling longer distances, you will need to take a few extra precautions to ensure preserving the quality of the cheese. If your are driving more than an hour, cheese should be kept in a cooler with ice. When traveling by plane, we recommend keeping your cheese refrigerated or on ice as close to travel as possible. It will remain flavorful and fresh for at least one day in the baggage compartment of the plane; just be sure to refrigerate it upon arriving at your final destination.
- How should I deal with opened cheese?
Once you have opened a wheel of cheese it is always best to wrap it before putting it in the fridge, to avoid oxydation. As before, you can choose among oiled paper, plastic wrap or cloth.
- But what about eating cheese?
Any cheesemonger will tell you, cheese tastes best at room temperature – and we completely agree. The complex and aromatic flavors of cheese are best enjoyed at room temperature, and when tasting different varieties of cheese you can really enjoy the full spectrum of taste when the cheese has warmed up a little. So before indulging, remove the cheese from the fridge about an hour before serving…and try to wait, we know it’s hard!
- Why does cheese sweat?
Another curious experience with cheese (mostly seasoned) is “sweating.” First, let us assure you that this is a completely normal occurrence and does not damage or affect the flavor of the cheese in any way. Rather, this process, known as “syneresis,” allows the cheese to reach the next stage of maturity. So, what do you do when you find your cheese is sweating? We recommend you simply wipe off any excessive moisture, wrap the cheese in fresh plastic wrap, and continue to store it in the refrigerator.
- and… Can I freeze cheese?
So what about freezing cheese? Well, storing our cheese properly in the refrigerator will enable your cheese to last quite a while without compromising quality…and let’s be real, how long does cheese last in your house before it’s gobbled up? Most experts, and consumers alike, agree – DON’T FREEZE THE CHEESE! We do not recommend freezing cheese because it tends to compromise the texture and results in very crumbly cheese. Of course it will still taste good (but the most subtle flavours will be gone) and it’s still safe to eat and cook with. But if you find yourself absolutely needing to freeze it, plan on using it exclusively for cooking.