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Old 09-02-2006, 04:09 PM   #1
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Keeping / Storing Cheese...

does any one have suggestions on how to store cheese...primarily parmesean??

i have a food saver...can that be used? should i freeze or refridgerate?

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Old 09-02-2006, 04:16 PM   #2
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Food saver is ideal, imo. So long as it is airtight, you should be good to go.

As far as freezing, I have no idea, it never lasts that long in my house.
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Old 09-02-2006, 04:16 PM   #3
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I usually buy a 1/2- to 1-pound chunk of imported Parmigiano Reggiano at a time. If it comes in plastic wrap, I remove the plastic and wrap it in a couple of clean paper towels, then refrigerate it in a sealable plastic bag. I've never had any go bad, but it doesn't last too long around here.
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Old 09-02-2006, 04:50 PM   #4
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The foodsaver is perfect and no need to freeze. Just keep it in the fridge. Any cheese will be fine in the fridge. and actually, parm is so dry, it won't mold anyway. So what Fryboy does will also work.
Cheese should never be put in direct contact with plastic.
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Old 09-02-2006, 05:22 PM   #5
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Gretchen
Cheese should never be put in direct contact with plastic.
But cheese usually comes in plastic, unless you go to the deli counter or a cheese shop. Is that a different type of plastic?

Regarding the foodsaver, don't you have to suck the air out and reseal the bag with the machine each time? Can you reuse the bags?

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Old 09-02-2006, 05:25 PM   #6
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fryboy...i plan on cutting the cheese into smaller portings that will last about 3 weeks each and individually sealing them.

gretchen: if cheese shouldnt come into contact with plastic, then how can i vacuum seal it...its plastic! lol
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Old 09-02-2006, 05:31 PM   #7
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Shouldn't be stored in plastic unless vacuum sealed. When using a FoodSaver it is sometimes more economical for the bag to be larger than needed and then just resealed in the same bag. Plan ahead for opening and resealing.
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Old 09-02-2006, 05:37 PM   #8
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I always have a chunk or chunks of Parmesan, Asiago, &/or Romano in the fridge, & just keep them in Ziploc bags. But as another poster said, they don't last long around here :).

As far as other softer cheeses, I wrap them in plastic wrap & use them asap. But again - good cheeses do not last long enough around here to spoil :).
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Old 09-02-2006, 05:38 PM   #9
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You can freeze cheese, but freezing may affect its texture. Not a problem if you're using it in cooking, but not great if you're eating it by itself.
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Old 09-02-2006, 05:40 PM   #10
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Here in Italy I am assured it is fine to freeze parmesan. You keep the bit you are using in the fridge and then freeze in portions, wrapped in foil. Mine doesn't last long enough....but now we are here we are buying MASSIVE bricks of the stuff, maybe I'll try it.
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