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Monday, August 08, 2005

Storing Cheese

We've done some research on storing cheeses and here's what we found. Proper storage is a major key to prolonging the life of cheese. Limiting the amount of oxygen that cheese is subject to will help prevent mold and lengthen its life. Plastic wrap is a good choice for storage and ideally should be changed each time the cheese is used. Generally speaking, the harder the cheese the longer it will last. Hard cheese will keep for several months in the refrigerator. Softer cheeses should be consumed within ten to twenty days. Many hard cheeses and even cheddar can be frozen for several weeks, but texture may be slightly altered. Thaw slowly in the refrigerator. And if the texture is not to your liking, shred, crumble or melt it. Cheese will continue to ripen, so it's best to use is as soon as possible unless you like strong cheese!

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