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May 29, 2013 01:32 PM

What is cheese paper made of?

I bought some cheese paper and am curious about the substance(s). It's two-ply, with different "plys"--one ply is opaque, shiny on one side and matte on the other, while the second ply is thin and transparent. Just curious.

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  1. Generally the outside portion is wax based and the inner sleeve is also very thin wax paper.
    Not always two layers, looking at a French one now and outside is paper, but the portion touching the cheese is waxed but not a separate sleeve.

    1. I'm not sure, but it works great!

      1. the opaque layer is usually like parchment - similar to an unwaxed paper.

        The plastic layer is an air-permeable membrane that allows air to reach the cheese, but helps cut down on the stink getting out. (success on that particular point is highly variable)