Storing Parmesan Reggiano Cheese in Refrigerator
- steakman55 Jul 17, 2009 03:42 PM
In a local grocery store recently, they had just cut a huge wheel of PR cheese and were serving chunks with warm freshly baked bread and wine. I bought a wedge but am unsure how to store it in refrigerator and how long it keeps. Any help? thanks
Wrap tightly in good quality plastic wrap (I like Stretch-Tite....) and change the wrap EVERY time you use the cheese. Keeps for weeks and weeks this way. adam
I'm not inclined to agree. Freezing will certainly change the structure. Not that that would be an issue for eventual grating. I believe it will also "pull" the proteins together more. Especially with an aged cheese. Depositing them in clumps in pockets. Not an especially pleasant texture to bite into.
I enjoy nothing more than a chuck of good parmigiana. I like it to break naturally and the less crunch (proteins) the better.
@ the OP
Try freezing some and storing some in the frig and see how it does.
Better yet, invest in a vacuum sealer. I wouldn't know what to do without mine, and I've wasted a lot less food since I bought it. Things like cheese keep a very long time in the fridge if vacuum sealed and just about forever in the freezer - no freezer burn.
I wouldn't say all that is necessary, but then again it depends on what you are doing with it. I use ours in pasta and on salads almost exclusively and I put it in a plastic tuperware container without any wrap. It keeps for a long time, though it does get some of the crystalized "cells" in it. Not sure if that is due to our storing method.
Also I've heard you should never use plastic wrap on cheese (me being a non-conformist ala above, I don't think it matters much).