You just bought some cheese from the local market. After adding some slices to your sandwich, you realized there’s still a lot left. Now, what are you going to do with the rest?
It’s simple; you store it. But, just putting it in the freezer won’t do. Since cheese is a dairy byproduct, the environment highly affects its quality. For you to retain its original taste, texture, and smell as much as possible, here’s what you need to do.
Don’t Wrap with Plastic
While resalable bags are the go-to containers for food, they aren’t the best for cheese.
Remember that cheese breathes. If you store them in any plastic, whether they’re resealable bags or cellophane, you block the passage of air. This leads to over-moisturization, which alters the protective rind that preserves the flavor and texture.
Use Foil or Wax Paper
“Then, what should I wrap it with?” To ensure your cheese lasts as long as possible, use wax paper or aluminum foil.
Both prevent moisture from building up inside the cheese while still having tiny passages for breathing. Aside from that, foil and wax paper have strong oxygen and light barriers that limit oxidation.
After wrapping it in foil or wax paper, put it inside a plastic airtight container. This makes sure your cheese gets the right amount of moisture and also stops the strong odor from spreading around the fridge. Plus, the hard casing is an effective shield against bumps and pressure.
Just a reminder: don’t forget to replace the foil or paper after having your portion. Because your hand will unavoidably touch it, bacteria are bound to spread on the surface. But, by wrapping it in a new sheet, you maintain the natural balance and humidity of the cheese.
Keep in the Vegetable Drawer
Keep in mind that most varieties, such as pasta filata, should be stocked at the same conditions it’s cured at. The good news is, the compartment of the lowest part of your fridge, or the vegetable drawer, is perfect for the job.
Also, if you store your cheese in a cold environment, you slow down its maturity rate. On the other hand, warmer conditions help breed the type of mold that adds flavor. The good news is, the temperature of the vegetable drawer hits the perfect balance between the two.
Follow these tips when storing cheese, whether they’re Italian burrata or Farm Rich mozzarella sticks. This way, the next time you serve them, they’ll taste as good as new.