What’s The Best Way To Store Cheese?

Learning to store cheese correctly will help you reduce waste and also save you money in the long run!
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Cheese is one of humankind’s most favoured foods. It’s versatile and delicious, and who cares if it’s a little unhealthy? We love it anyway. Some prefer expensive cheese from the deli counter, some are happy with the processed stuff.

The problem with cheese is that it can get moldy before we’ve made our way through it. Whatever your preference, fancy or not, you want it to stay fresh for as long as possible. So, what’s the best way to store cheese in your refrigerator?

Ideally, only buy as much cheese as you’re able to consume within a few days. Then how you store the cheese doesn’t matter so much. However, if you do find yourself with a big chunk of cheese that will be in the refrigerator for a while. Then follow the guidelines below for the best way to store cheese.

Storing your cheese after purchase:

If the cheese you bought is wrapped tightly in plastic wrap, remove it from the wrap when you get home. And keep it contained in sealed Tupperware ClearMates Containers. This will prevent the smell from filling the rest of your fridge. But also keep the cheese-free of any other strong-smelling items in there.  A useful way to ensure a long lifespan for your cheese, pop a small sugar cube inside your container. The cube will absorb excess moisture, and prevent the cheese from sweating.

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1. Ditch the plastic wrap.

Cheese is the product of a living, breathing process – and naturally, it needs to be stored in the best way to keep it at its best. Yes, it may be easier to come home and chuck it straight in the fridge, still encased in plastic wrap. But when cheese stays too long tightly wrapped, it can actually suffocate the flavour and being that cheese is made up of a lot of oil and fats, after a few days it can take on the plastic flavour – yuck!

With hard cheeses, such as cheddar, the plastic wrap can also cause the cheese to sweat and get all gross and slimy; this can also cause things to go off faster.

2. Use airtight/liquid tight containers.

Airtight/Liquid-tight containers like our ClearMate range create a climate-controlled environment and save your cheese from the dry airflow of your fridge. They also help you lock in the flavour and the freshness of your cheeses. With the clear base, you can easily see what’s inside, meaning you won’t need to open and close them so frequently, releasing that freshness. When it comes to your soft/fresh cheeses, these can spoil quickly if not stored properly.

If you need to keep the liquid in for cheeses such as Mozzarella, or even your Tofu – going liquid-tight means you can easily transfer things over from their original packaging and rest easy, knowing nothing drippy is coming out.

3. Store your cheese away from your freezer.

Most households have a fridge/freezer in their kitchen. Freezing can cause the texture to degrade, so the best place to store cheese is as far from the freezer as possible. Keep it on a bottom shelf where the temperature is consistent but not too cold – or if you have a bottom freezer, the top shelf is your spot.

4. Separate your cheeses

Now, this is completely determined by what cheese you are consuming, but when it comes to our more potent cheeses, like your blue cheese, we recommend storing them in separate containers. As we mentioned around ditching the plastic, your cheese takes on the flavours around it, so to keep that intended flavours intact store separately.

4. Buy in smaller quantities

We know the temptation when you hit the supermarket, to get the bigger block of cheese because it’s on sale. We are all for saving a little bit of $$ but suggest you take into account how much cheese you will really use. The mistake many make is buying large but then ending up wasting food because of the inability to finish it.

If you are a large consumer of cheesy meals and do wish to buy in bulk, store your cheese in a larger clear mate, or in a couple of smaller squares.

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