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Dec 15, 2009 01:00 PM

Freezing Saga Blue Cheese

Did a Google and CH search. Still not quite sure.

Local Wegman's has a sale on 12 oz Saga blue for 4.99. It comes in its delicate rind, in foil wrappping, in a cardboard half-box. I'd love to stock up, but can this be frozen? Take the cardboard box off or not, wrap in plastic, then tin foil, then freezer paper, put in a zip freezer bag and suck out the air -- but will this be enough? Does Saga blue simply not take to freezing?

Thanks for your input.

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  1. As a cheese professional, I would say the following:

    1. Don't freeze cheese. It spoils its texture and can dull the flavor.

    2. Cheese is not a food to stock up on. Don't buy more cheese than you can consume in a reasonable amount of time. (The softer the cheese, the less time you have.) Your refrigerator isn't the ideal environment for storing cheese, because it is too cold and too dry. Your cheese will deteriorate over time, no matter how well it is wrapped. The best place for cheese in your refrigerator is the vegetable bin, where the humidity is a little higher. Your freezer is the harshest environment imaginable for cheese, short of leaving it exposed at the North Pole!

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    1. re: cheesemaestro

      thank you for the info. and really the "best place for cheese" is in my mouth. ;-)

      1. re: cheesemaestro

        Dear Maestro, (Or anyone else who would like to chime in),

        I once read that a good cheese storage device is one of those small 6 - 10 bottle wine fridges that are so ubiquitous now. You set the temp to 50' or so and replace the wire racks with glass. I don't know how they handle the humidity though.

        What do you think? I am prepared to devote a wine fridge to cheese.

        I really am!

        1. re: DoobieWah

          Yes, DoobieWah, a wine fridge, if you have one, is a fine place to store cheeses--better than your regular refrigerator. The temperature will be higher and the humidity will be somewhat higher, too.

          A few years back, a couple of companies (Viking and Napa Style) were exploring the possibility of selling a small, stand-alone cheese refrigerator. I haven't seen anything from either one since then. They may have concluded that there wouldn't be a large enough market for the product, although I'd be first in line to buy one, if it had good controls for both temperature and humidity.

          1. re: cheesemaestro

            Tried doing a search on the wine fridge, but only came up with information from 2005 saying that Napa Style was going to make a small counter top one for $300, but I guess that never happened.

            1. re: cheesemaestro

              Thanks for the confirmation.

              Guess what I'm getting myself for Christmas?

              1. re: DoobieWah

                Recommend you buy a small apt freezer from Lowe's ($60 ) and adjust the temp to 50 degrees. Mine ( in the garage ) works fine for Chardonnay and.cheese.


        2. So I feared. Perhaps I'll make the blue cheese crackers and freeze them instead. Thank you.

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            1. hmmm seems as though one of those small wine fridges (that hold 6-9 bottles) might be optimal for storing cheese. Never thought of that before. The humidity would be higher than the fridge.