Prevent Mold on Cheese with Vinegar

If you are like me and prefer to purchase a "chunk" of cheese instead of already shredded cheese, this tip is for you. This is something I discovered on my own. Years ago, I would wipe down every surface I could get to on our sailboat (inside), before leaving it after a weekend out, with plain old vinegar.


Vinegar retards the growth of mold. When we would return, the boat still was fresh. After finding mold on a chunk of cheese I decided to try a little experiment. I took a paper towel and folded it down to about a 2 x 2 inch square. I then dampened the paper towel with vinegar. Barely damp, just enough that you can tell it is damp. I then wrapped my cheese in the paper towel and placed inside a Ziploc bag and returned to the refrigerator.

I have never had cheese mold on me again and I have not wasted a bite. If your paper towel begins to dry out, all that you need to do is to redampen the towel with vinegar. The small amount that you are using doesn't leave a vinegar taste to the cheese. Buying cheese in "chunks" is cheaper than the already shredded and will save you a bit of money in addition to no more moldy cheese. Cheese will last for weeks stored this way. Hope you will give this a try because it certainly does work.


By Trish from Chatom, AL

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April 21, 20109 found this helpful

That is an excellent hint. Cheese of any kind is expensive, too expensive to have to throw out. Thanks!

April 22, 20106 found this helpful

I'll have to try that. Another way to at least delay the mold forming is to wrap the cheese in wax paper before putting it in a plastic bag. Cheese in plastic, no.

April 22, 20101 found this helpful

Great tip , thanks

April 22, 20101 found this helpful

What a smart idea. My deli wraps the cheese in waxed paper before putting it in the plastic bag but that does not always work--I end up with moldy cheese. I will certainly try this. Thanks!


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January 16, 20120 found this helpful

Great tip...will have to try it.

December 31, 20124 found this helpful

This absolutely works. In the cheese-making process it is used. When the cheese is cured, they rub the outside each day with a sponge in vinegar water.


This creates the protective rind on the outside of a wheel of cheese and prevents molding while the cheese ages.

August 22, 20230 found this helpful

Wonderful information. Thank you for sharing. I never knew that! So helpful./ss

September 19, 20134 found this helpful

I wash berries in diluted white vinegar as soon as I get them home - they keep much longer and don't mold. We always have lots of cheese here, so I'm trying this tip next. Thanks!

September 8, 20200 found this helpful

I use vinegar as well to wash fresh berries when I get them. One cup of vinegar to three cups water. I rinse the berries first in ice water, then soak in the vinegar water for 2 minutes. Then I put them in clean ice water for 2 minutes, dry in my salad spinner and then layer the fruit with paper towel in between the layers, in my dehydrator in the fridge.


Make sure the fruit is as dry as possible. I hardly ever lose a cherry or strawberry using this method. They keep twice as long. I will try the vinegar on the cheese, in a "glass" storage dish, as I believe glass is better than plastic.

November 23, 20130 found this helpful

Does it have to be regular vinegar, or will apple cider vinegar work?

April 22, 20150 found this helpful

I gonna try the vinegar trick, thanks for posting. -pawPaw

February 1, 20160 found this helpful

It seems a good idea
I'll try it cause I like all kind of cheeses n buy them on sale too
Thanks for sharing

May 13, 20160 found this helpful

I did just as you suggested, and it has worked beautifully, no more moldy cheese. Thanks soo much! Jackie Mattingly, Louisville, Ky.

August 31, 20170 found this helpful

WOW! TY for posting this hint! I use vinegar for everything (I thought). But this has never occurred to me to do!

December 31, 20170 found this helpful

Thanks for the easy money saving tip.

November 9, 20181 found this helpful

To keep onion longer I cut off what I need. I keep skin on onion then place onion in plastic container with paper towel. It lasts longer.


I also use paper towel in container for lemon. I use paper towels in my refrigerator drawers. They are great at keeping things fresh.

December 30, 20181 found this helpful

Ive been doing this in my butter bell. Just a small amount with the water and it extends the life beautifully.

March 6, 20190 found this helpful

It works. Saving a fortune now that I'm not cutting and throwing away mouldy cheese

March 5, 20200 found this helpful

Years ago I used to have a friend that worked in a cheese shop and at night they washed the cheese in vinegar. I now keep vinegar in a spray bottle and use it this way and many other ways....

April 23, 20200 found this helpful

I support your process. I have done this for years

May 12, 20200 found this helpful

I have done the same thing for years only I have wrapped the chunk of cheese in cheesecloth soaked with vinegar. I have never thrown out a piece.

January 18, 20210 found this helpful

I hardly ever had mold on my cheese until my nephew and family came to visit for a week. They cooked with cheese and would leave it on the counter for at least an hour, then putting it back in the fridge.


Every day. Even before they left, I noticed it. Cheese doesn't like to be cooled, then at room temperature, several times. I use it, then promptly put it back into the fridge. No problems.

February 8, 20210 found this helpful

Great TO KNOW !! Thank you for SharingG-dBless

March 27, 20210 found this helpful

Awesome thanks for the tip I'm definitely going to try this

April 10, 20210 found this helpful

A co-worker gave me this tip years ago but I had forgotten. Thanks for the reminder. I know this works.

October 27, 20210 found this helpful

Thank very much. I have learned something new,as from today i am going to do that.

December 3, 20210 found this helpful

Can I wrap shredded cheese like this


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December 4, 20210 found this helpful

I don't think that would work. The mold grows on the surface of the cheese and shredded cheese is all surface. I'm afraid that the vinegar wouldn't work in that case. I would probably store it in the freezer as the shredded cheese melts very fast, even from frozen.

March 20, 20220 found this helpful

I love cheeze and hate when it starts to green so to speak. I love my vacume sealer and have been cutting my big block of cheeze into useable pieces and vacume sealed them and they stay in my fridge crisper for months on end with no signs of mold.

April 21, 20220 found this helpful

What if you shred the cheese from a block?

August 27, 20220 found this helpful

I buy all flavors of cheeses and mix them together in a zip lock bag. I then freeze it. If it's stuck together when I need it I just bang it on the counter and take what I need then put it back in the freezer. It never goes moldy or loses it's flavor.

Lucy F

June 28, 20220 found this helpful

Thanks for the tip Trish.
Now I know

September 4, 20220 found this helpful

Very cool!

October 13, 20220 found this helpful

I just shred it and put in my freezer. Never gets moldy and thaws fast if I need a handful for a salad, baked potato or whatever.

February 8, 20230 found this helpful

It works. Also, fresh berries will last longer--not grow mold--if first rinsed in a solution of 1qt water + 1 Cup white vinegar.

March 9, 20230 found this helpful

That is good because chunks of cheese always gets moldy before I can use it all

March 20, 20230 found this helpful

I fold a paper towel in my Bread Bags and my Bread does not mold anymore. no vinegar.

April 9, 20230 found this helpful

Even if it molds, you carve out the mold and the rest is in tact.

April 10, 20230 found this helpful

Awesome thank you

April 13, 20230 found this helpful

That sounds like a great Idea, I will be giving your vinegar-dampened paper towel a go. so now I'm going to pass on another wee tip that I have found successful is to wrap my fresh veg in paper towels after rinsing them off then placing them in plastic bags My lettuce lasts weeks as well as all the other fresh vegetables I even place a paper towel on the top and bottom of the salad mixtures that come in the plastic container no more wilting and rotting veg !!!

April 20, 20230 found this helpful

Interesting, never thought to try vinegar. I usually just wrap mine in wax paper. Keeps it mold free too. Wonder which might work better for yhose using shredded cheese. I usually just shred as needed but I can see the convenience of preshredded. Does anyone have 3xperience with this?

May 18, 20230 found this helpful

Already shredded cheese also has ingredients in it that chunk cheese doesnt.

June 1, 20230 found this helpful

Thank you for the advice! There are only two of us & I typically have myriad cheeses in my fridge. We dont want to eat the same thing every day.

June 14, 20230 found this helpful

Thank you so much. I throw away more cheese than I care to say. I don't like the gritty stuff they put on the preshredded cheese to keep it from clumping. My dad used to butcher our own meat and while it was hanging would wipe it down with vinegar. Never any spoilage. I'm doing the cheese in the fridge TODAY...

July 23, 20230 found this helpful

Have been cutting off the mold on cheese, a waste of cheese and money. Was rewrapping in wax paper then bagging it but the mold came back. WILL surely give this a new try with the vinegar. Thanks.

August 23, 20230 found this helpful

Im so happy to find this information no matter how I carefully wrap cheese it often gets moldy! Trying this for sure !thank you

September 8, 20230 found this helpful

I keep my in the frizzer kid take what I need and put it back in the frizzer it last for ever

November 13, 20230 found this helpful

Awesome, thank you for sharing. Cheese is not cheap and oh so good to use in cooking, sandwiches, etc. This can save us all our wonderful cheese!

Wonder if it will work on top of cottage cheese, cream cheese, sour cream, etc. Will try it to see.


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