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Old 12-22-2004, 03:16 PM   #1
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How do you store your cheeses?

I tried the plastic boxes, ziploc bags, plastic wrap & wax/parchment papers.. Some keep for a while (the aged harder ones) but the softer cheeses :( what's the best way to store them & for how long?
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Old 12-22-2004, 03:28 PM   #2
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Hi pancake--welcome back!
I use a combination of what you've said you try. I usually wrap in wax paper, then saran (very tightly), then throw the whole mess in a zip lock. I find a have better luck when I don't touch the cheese any more than I have to and also when I wrap tightly, getting out as much air as possible.

Thing is, I've had the same kind of cheese last a few weeks and last only a few days. I'm afraid that some of it is out of my control and due to the age it is when I buy it.
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I use Ziplock bags as well and have never really had a problem. I'm a cheese-aholic so tend to go through it pretty fast!
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Old 12-22-2004, 03:40 PM   #4
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Hey PA Baker!

Thanks for the welcome & reply :) I was guessing the same thing because sometimes it keeps & other times it doesn't. I'll try the triple wrapping like yours! I sometimes feel that it dries off the cheese, so I figured keeping it lose would be better :?
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I use a food saver vac 1200. I am very happy I bought that thing.
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Old 12-22-2004, 03:42 PM   #6
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I use Ziplock bags as well and have never really had a problem. I'm a cheese-aholic so tend to go through it pretty fast!
I liked the ziplocks for harder cheeses no matter how many times you open & seal back, it keeps well. Guess am not a cheese-aholic :D
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Old 12-22-2004, 03:43 PM   #7
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I use a food saver vac 1200. I am very happy I bought that thing.
what is that thing :oops:
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I use a food saver vac 1200. I am very happy I bought that thing.
what is that thing :oops:

You can suck all the air out of the bags with this. It makes everything last longer in the freezer.
www.foodsaver.com/products.ad2?catalogID=1000
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Old 12-22-2004, 03:57 PM   #9
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Like MJ, I use a foodsaver. It does wonders for storing cheese.
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Old 12-22-2004, 04:07 PM   #10
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WoW !! I never thought of that !!!! Thanks MJ & GB :)
I can use it for all kinds of food too! It'll be on my "MUST GET" list for sure!
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Old 12-22-2004, 05:22 PM   #11
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i tend to store my cheeses wherever they pleases.
ok, i have to put down dr. suess and get back to reality, whatever that is...lol.
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Old 12-23-2004, 01:40 AM   #12
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i tend to store my cheeses wherever they pleases.
ok, i have to put down dr. suess and get back to reality, whatever that is...lol.
Why get back to reality, buckytom!! I am sure that it is more fun in the other place.

I tend to store my cheese in plastic wrap and a ziploc bag. Some cheese I have found when left in the original packaging and stored in a ziploc bag tend to last longer.

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Old 12-23-2004, 11:38 AM   #13
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Cheese needs to breath! The best way to store it (outside of a vacuum-sealer) is to wrap it in rather loosly parchment paper then in foil or a ziplock. Wrapping it tightly in plastic wrap will make it mold pretty quickly. Wrapping it loosly will tend to dry it out a bit, but it won't go bad on you.

Never buy more cheese than you'll eat in maybe 2 weeks (unless vacuum-seal) -- or prepare to freeze it.

http://www.whitestonecheese.co.nz/storage.html
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I've never done this, mostly because I keep forgetting, but I think you can put your cheese in a Ziplock or Tupperware container, and include a paper towel or cheesecloth soaked in white vinegar. Then you add new vinegar once a week, if necessary.


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Another trick is whether you use baggies or any kind of wrap ... always, and I do mean always, use a new one every time you open the cheese and take off a slice. Always use new wrap/baggies, no matter which you're using. I've found this adds a lot of life to cheese. Surely you never throw away a harder cheese because it has mold? Simply cut the mold off and make sure to give it a new wrapper. Soft cheeses are more of a problem.
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i keep my brie in plastic wrap.
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Old 12-27-2004, 11:41 AM   #17
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Thanks everyone for all the help! I'm so glad I got all these tips :D
Thanks you so much!
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