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How to Wrap and Store Cheese

How to Wrap and Store Cheese

Originally from Food52

First thing's first: steer clear of plastic wrap (once freed from the vacuum pack!).

This may come as a surprise, especially to the vegetarians in the room, but cheese is actually a living thing. It sweats. It ages. It even breathes. When cheese is wrapped in plastic wrap it can no longer intake oxygen -- in short, it suffocates, resulting in an amoniac flavor and possibly even harmful bacteria, so free it as soon as you can - of course vacuum packed cheeses last for a very long time unopened.

Plastic wrap can also cause the cheese to taste like, well, plastic. Which is not the flavor you were hoping for when you invested in a unique and rare cheese. free it from its bonds as soon as you get home. Because you know better.

Next, we wrap our own way.

If plastic wrap is a no-no, what should you wrap your cheese in? The overwhelming consensus is: cheese. This specialty item allows the cheese to breathe, but also protects it from drying out. If you don't want to invest in cheese paper, parchment paper (which we went with) works just fine.

Assemble your tools: cheese paper (or parchment paper), scissors, masking tape, a marker, and, of course, the cheese in question. It's time to wrap.

Cut off a large square of wrapping paper -- we recommend it be 2 to 3 times the size of your cheese, just to be safe. Place your cheese diagonally with the thicker end at one corner and the thinner end pointing toward the center.

Fold the corner over the fat end of the cheese. Crease. Flatten the paper along one side, as you would do wrapping a present. 

Pull the side you had flattened tightly across the cheese. Crease. Repeat this process on the opposite side of the cheese, being sure to keep the paper pulled tightly.

Crease the tail sticking out from the end of your cheese. Pull it up towards the thicker part of the cheese.

Ta-da! Tape the final flap to secure your beautiful, secure cheese package. Make sure to write the type of cheese, as well as the date on which you purchased it, on the tape. That way you can tell what's what without unwrapping, and can keep track of how long it's been sitting in your fridge.

Place in Bottom of Fridge in a Plastic Bag - Opened (do not seal!).

 




Christopher Brewer
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