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fishermb Jul 9, 2008 05:33 PM

I've bought blocks of grana padano from various markets before, sometimes it's in a refrigerated case, sometimes it's just out on display at room temperature. I've always refrigerated mine. Thoughts?

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  1. Olivia Jul 9, 2008 05:53 PM

    Yes. Refrigerate. I'm always tempted to leave certain cheeses and salamis out too, but I remind myself that I don't have the same climate control (or counter space, for that matter) that shops will have.

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      anzu Jul 9, 2008 06:03 PM

      The problem with cheeses is that like wine and chocolate, they are supposed to be stored at some temperature that is somewhere between fridge temp and room temp. I forgot the exact #--maybe 50 degrees?

      One of my friends actually has a mini designated fridge that they keep at 50-something degrees to store their cheese, wine, chocolate, etc.

      But for the rest of us who don't have that option :), if room temp is above 60 degrees, I would refrigerate it and then let it warm a bit before serving.

      1. Cheese Boy Jul 9, 2008 06:35 PM

        Grana Padano should definitely be refrigerated. If you don't intend to use it within 2 weeks or so, you can even opt to freeze it. Parmesan cheese will mold, and rather quickly, with summer heat.

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          fishermb Jul 10, 2008 04:57 AM

          Thanks all, I'll get it in the fridge now, that is until I get an extra fridge to keep at 50 degrees.

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