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Old 09-19-2007, 02:05 PM   #1
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How long does Parmigiano-Reggiano last?

Is it worth buying a chunk of it for just myself, instead of buying those Kraft tubes of it all the time?

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Old 09-19-2007, 02:09 PM   #2
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If you buy a wedge that's no more than a pound, e.g. you should be OK. The cheese should be in an airtight container but not wrapped tightly. I keep it in the fridge in a Ziplock freezer bag. It lasts for months.
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Old 09-19-2007, 02:12 PM   #3
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Andy, I found the Press n' Seal keeps cheeses fresh longer than the bags. Just a pain to seal back up again.
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Old 09-19-2007, 02:35 PM   #4
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Gosh the wedges keep fresh for months and months.

We have has some for at least six months. Just keep it wrapped well.
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Old 09-19-2007, 02:45 PM   #5
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If you buy a wedge that's no more than a pound, e.g. you should be OK. The cheese should be in an airtight container but not wrapped tightly. I keep it in the fridge in a Ziplock freezer bag. It lasts for months.
Why not wrapped tightly?
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Old 09-19-2007, 02:47 PM   #6
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Somewhere I read/heard that it is best not to. Can't give you the science.
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Old 09-19-2007, 02:51 PM   #7
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Kabinet wax is also good for wrapping cheese - it's either kabinet or cabinet, I can't remember, we have it at work. You know what they are - you can pull a sheet out (about the size of a dryer sheet).
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my parma-reg lasts until you see a little blood and knuckle skin coming thru the grater.
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If you wrap it, make sure you use something like parchment paper which will let the cheese "breathe". You don't want to use something like plastic wrap.
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If you wrap it, make sure you use something like parchment paper which will let the cheese "breathe". You don't want to use something like plastic wrap.
Yes, that's more what cabinet wax is - it's not a wax paper.
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