If you are like me, you definitely find yourself buying more foodstuff than you need. So when I am buying cheese, I always find that I buy more than I need to eat. Thus, I have a big piece remaining over and I have to store it just right so that I can consume it next time. However, this is easier said than done as I have come to learn. Many people get their cheese storage wrong and this means losing money. Whatever you buy and you cannot eat goes to waste and that is something that you really do not want.
How then should you store your excess cheese? If you store it poorly, it will go bad. It will grow mold and you will not eat it. Well, when you look for information online, you will see a lot of advice about not keeping your cheese in plastic. How then will you keep it? Should you place the cheese in a stainless steel plate and keep it in the fridge? You never get to think about the right way to store cheese until you have to store it.
Why you should not wrap the cheese in plastic
Plastic is airtight. When you close off the air that was getting to cheese, you will end up losing all the flavor in the cheese meaning that you do not get anything in return. You need to keep your cheese alive and breathing. You need to keep it fresh.
Plastic wrap may also cause a bleach in the flavor as some of the compounds used in the manufacture of the plastic start leeching into the cheese. Wrapping it in plastic is a good way of contaminating your cheese.
Where to store your cheese in the fridge
Now, most people wrongly assume that cheese should be kept in the coldest part in the fridge. This is wrong, because it should actually be kept in the warmest part. This will keep it fresh until next time when you have to consume it. However, it is always advisable to buy the cheese in small amounts that you can consume in a few times as possible. That way you will be done with the shenanigans of storage and stuff.
You are keeping it too long in loose plastic wrapper
This is something that you should really not do because even the loose plastic wrapping will still cut the air supply to the cheese. If you are not careful, your cheese will start emitting a pungent smell, like ammonia and then it will be a total waste.
Storing all cheeses the same way? Wrong!
It is wrong to store all cheeses the same way. Aged cheeses are easier to store and can keep longer than fresh cheeses. The fresh cheeses in the water, like Feta or Mozzarella, are best left in their original packaging but you can change the water regularly.
Hard cheeses should be wrapped in parchment or wax paper for breathability and then store in a loose plastic wrap. As for the soft and semi-soft cheeses, these are best stored in plastic resealable containers.