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Should I refrigerate grana padano?

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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. 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.

    1. 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. 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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        1. re: Cheese Boy

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