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Apr 7, 2011 01:26 PM

How do you store your blocks of cheese?

I tried doing a search on this to no avail.

I was just wondering how you CHers store your blocks of cheese? I've been doing the whole wrap in paper towel thing. Is that the best way? The cheeses I have in mind are just the typical cheddar, mozzarella, and parmegiano.

The method I'm doing dries out the ends of the cheeses. Was wondering if there's any way to keep it so that the cheese doesn't dry out.

Would love some input! Thanks!

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  1. Zip-locks! I haven't had a problem storing cheese this way.

    1. I wrap in a paper towel, then a zipper bag. Without the towel, the cheese molds faster, IME.

      1. I wrap dry cheese in butcher paper and soft cheese in cheese cloth.

        1. I usually wrap in plastic wrap and then in a ziploc bag.

          Also, I try to leave it in its orginally packaging and not touch the cheese, one tip I have picked up is to not touch the cheese; as the bacteria on our hands is what would get on the cheese and cause mold.

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          1. re: JulesLP

            I just took a half-block of Trader Joe's English cheddar with caramelized onion out of the plastic and cut off the mold. The ONLY place the mold grew was where the original wrapping was undisturbed. Rewrapped in paper towel and ziploc.

          2. I store it "In my Belly". Sorry, made myself laugh. I do like some of the others have said, try and keep it in the original wrapper and then in a ziplock with as much air out. Different cheeses last different lenghts....I get hunks of parm that last a month or more, close to two months.