Storing Cheese

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Most cooks have more cheese in the bag or block than they need for one recipe and need to store the rest for future use. This is a page about storing cheese.
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If you use cheese often, like I do, here is a decent tip! Cut straight through a block of unopened cheese, remove the portion you will use without demolishing package. Keep the wrapper from the piece you used, turn it over and cut a slice in the back side. Now, slip it over the remaining section of cheese. You now have a free wrapping technique, so no need to use up another dish or plastic bag/wrap. It works great for me, without drying out!

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I buy the presliced blocks of cheese. They are what restaurants use, easy to peel off a slice at a time. I have an airtight container I keep it in for easy access. I save money and don't have to unwrap every price I use.

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I keep about 2/3rd of a package at a time in my cheese container and wrap the remainder up good until time to refill the container.

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October 21, 2014

To keep cheese fresh, upon arriving home from the market take out the cheese and wrap first in wax paper and use tape to make it snug. Then wrap in plastic wrap.

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Keep cheese from going moldy by soaking a cloth in white vinegar and then wrap the cheese in the cloth. Put the cloth and cheese in an airtight container and refrigerate.

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To store partial blocks of cheese, which were originally purchased in a sealed plastic package: Wrap the remaining cheese, first in old fashioned waxed paper, then in foil.

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When I could have bread, I used to baste my morning eggs. But now, I have shredded cheese on my over-hard eggs.

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I got an idea that if I had a little scoop in there, it would keep my hands cleaner.

A container containing shredded cheese and a measuring cup used as a scoop.

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I stored some cut up cheese chunks in a vacuum sealed bag for a week. There were droplets of water inside the bag in a few places (minimal). Do you suggest I place a paper towel in with the cheese chunks to prevent mold from building up due to excessive humidity? How much paper?

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Thanks, (...and thanks to Harlean for her help with other queries.)

Holly from Richardson, TX

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October 31, 20060 found this helpful

I have found the best way to store cheese to prevent moisture, is to wrap it first in good old fashioned wax paper, and then in foil. If the wax paper appears soft or damp, just replace it when you put it away again.

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By teatimelady (Guest Post)
October 31, 20060 found this helpful

I wrap my cheese in wax paper before I freeze it or do anything else to it...seems to be working well for me...might be worth a try for you...deb

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By Connie (Guest Post)
November 1, 20060 found this helpful

I keep my cheese in tupper ware (tight tops) and then either place a couple of pieces of cube sugar or a cap (about catsup bottle size) packed with brown sugar. replace when soft.

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I have no trouble with mold with this method.

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