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Freezing Saga Blue Cheese

nemo Dec 15, 2009 01:00 PM

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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    cheesemaestro Dec 15, 2009 01:35 PM

    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
      appycamper Dec 15, 2009 01:43 PM

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

      1. re: cheesemaestro
        DoobieWah Dec 11, 2010 07:10 AM

        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
          cheesemaestro Dec 11, 2010 09:06 AM

          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
            Mother of four Dec 11, 2010 09:32 AM

            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
              DoobieWah Dec 13, 2010 08:19 AM

              Thanks for the confirmation.

              Guess what I'm getting myself for Christmas?

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          nemo Dec 15, 2009 02:12 PM

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

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