Gooey and melty or firm and salty, cheese makes just about anything taste better. You may have accidentally left a wedge of creamy brie out overnight or discovered a forgotten block of Parmesan on your counter in the morning. If so, you may be wondering if it is still safe to consume. Or you may simply wonder how to best store your cheese to keep it fresh and tasty. Here, we take a look at various types of cheese and how to best store them so they taste their best and last as long as possible.
12. Hard or Aged Cheese
It may be tempting to simply wrap your cheese in a sheet of plastic wrap. However, hard or aged cheeses such as Parmigiano-Reggiano or aged Gouda best maintain freshness when wrapped in parchment or waxed paper. Once you have wrapped them in paper, placed them in a slightly opened plastic bag. This way the paper prevents the cheese from taking on plastic flavor and allows it to breathe. The plastic bag seals in some moisture, preventing the cheese from drying out too quickly. Keeping the plastic bag partially opened also allows some air to circulate.
11. Blue Cheese
Blue cheese, Gorgonzola, or Roquefort cheese can be stored similarly to hard cheese. Wrap the cheese in a piece of parchment or waxed paper to maintain flavor. Next, wrap it again with plastic to seal in moisture and prevent drying out. These cheeses can last three to four weeks when stored in the refrigerator in this manner. Serve cheese at room temperature to allow the maximum flavor to shine through. To maintain quality, return the cheese to the refrigerator after about two hours. Use a fresh piece of kitchen paper each time you return the cheese to the refrigerator in order to keep a fresh, breathable layer next to the cheese.