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Help! Stinky cheese is ruining my fridge!

I recently moved in with a roommate who has extremely potent aged cheeses in the fridge. The entire fridge smells SO BAD I am afraid to put any of my own food in there. :( The cheese is wrapped in ziplock bags. Is there a better way to wrap it so it doesn't smell? Do I need to take everything out of the fridge, clean it out somehow, and put it back wrapped better? There are already 2 boxes of baking soda in there! lol

Advice please?

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  1. Perhaps suggest to the roommate that s/he get a small dorm-sized fridge for his/her room and put the cheese in there?

    Otherwise, wrapping the cheese in several layers of butcher paper AND putting in several ziplock bags is the only way I could think of cutting down on the smell.

    1. The extra dorm fridge sounds like a good idea.

      Might also be a good time to test out the box of Arm and Hammer theory.

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      1. re: chileheadmike

        junglekitte said at the end of her original post that there are already two boxes of baking soda in the main fridge.

        1. re: LindaWhit

          So it does. I guess that kills the theory then. Now off to get my glasses checked.

          1. re: chileheadmike

            Just don't rub your fuzzy eyes with chili fingers. That's gotta hurt.

            1. re: chileheadmike

              IIRC, Cook's Illustrated debunked the odor killing value of baking soda in the fridge a few years ago.

        2. I've read that plastic is not actually a good thing to keep cheese wrapped in making contact with the cheese, though I can't remember the issue with it. I store cheeses, including smelly ones, in tightly sealed glass food storage containers and don't get stinky fridge odor from them.

          1. I think that I remember Americas Test Kitchen checking out the baking soda in the fridge, and it did not help.

            1. I use a Tefal Cheese Preserver which has an activated carbon filter. This prevents odors and regulates humidity. You can also buy replacement filters. Unfortunately (or fortunately) I had to go to France to buy it. Works great, and let's just say my cheeses are not shy!

              Putting them in tupperware is okay, give them some room to breathe. Cheese can then be wrapped in wax paper or parchment paper. Wrapping your cheese in plastic makes it wet and slimy. This makes the smell worse and the cheese gets disgusting pretty rapidly.