Storing cheese: what's the best way to do it?

By: Henri Willig
18 sep 2023
± 3 minuten

Cheese is a delicious and versatile product that comes in many varieties, from creamy brie to tangy cheddar and everything in between. But how can you make sure your cheese stays fresh and tasty for as long as possible? In this blog, we share handy tips and guidelines on how best to store your cheese. Whether you have a whole cheese or a few slices, our tips will help you enjoy your favourite cheese for longer.

1. Store your cheese in the fridge

The fridge is the best place how to store cheese. Make sure the cheese is wrapped well to avoid drying out and absorbing other odours. For example, use cheese paper or greaseproof baking paper for this purpose if you don't have cheese paper at hand. Place the cheese in a sealed container or wrap it well so that it retains its freshness.

2. Only touch the rind while cutting

Cheese retains its flavour and texture better if you only touch the rind while cutting. Besides storing the cheese in the fridge, use a cheese slicer or knife to cut slices and avoid direct contact with the cheese itself. This also helps prevent bacteria from penetrating the cheese and speeding up the ripening process.

3. Use cheese paper

Cheese paper is a practical tool to preserve the freshness of your cheese and keep your cheese longer. This paper is specially designed to keep cheese fresh. It provides the right amount of breathing space and protects against dehydration. Wrap the cheese in cheese paper and then store it in an airtight container or bag in the fridge.

4. Keep different cheeses separate

Some cheeses have strong odours that can be transferred to other cheeses if stored too close together. Strong-smelling cheeses are best stored separately from milder cheeses to avoid them affecting each other's taste.

5. Store whole cheeses outside the fridge

Do you have a whole cheese, such as a wheel of Gouda, that does not fit in the fridge? Then you can store this whole cheese outside the fridge, but under certain conditions. Make sure the cheese is kept in a cool and dark place, such as a cellar or pantry. Cover the cheese with a clean cloth to keep out dust and dirt. Check regularly for mould growth and, if necessary, cut away the affected part. Do you store the whole cheese for a longer period of time? Then the cheese will ripen. Turn the cheese regularly so that it will ripen evenly.

6. Don't freeze your cheese

Although it is technically possible to freeze cheese, we do not recommend this as a way to store cheese. Freezing can change the texture and flavour of the cheese. If you do want to freeze cheese, make sure it is well wrapped in plastic wrap and an airtight bag to prevent freezer burn.

7. Don't store your cheese for too long

If you place the cheese in the fridge as soon as you receive it, you can keep it in there for 6 to 8 weeks. Keep in mind that soft cheeses generally have a shorter shelf life than hard cheeses and once the cheese is cut, the shelf life will also be shorter.

Enjoy the tastiest cheese with Henri Willig

Follow the above tips to best preserve cheese and enjoy the delicious taste and texture of your favourite cheese for longer. And remember, for the best taste experience, put the cheese in the fridge for at least an hour after receiving it and let it come to room temperature before you start eating. Store your cheese well and enjoy the tastiest cheeses. Discover Henri Willig's wide range and the convenience of ordering cheese online.

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