Do you know how to store your cheese so it lasts longer?
Earlier this year, we partnered with Roth Cheese to prevent food waste by finding a home for snack trays that used to get sold to the largely grounded airline industry. While it caused some laughs and even got us on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, it got us thinking about other ways we could help prevent cheese from going to waste.
After all, cheese waste is one of the true kitchen tragedies out there, since a pound of cheese takes hundreds of gallons of water to produce. So here are Roth’s seven top tips for storing cheese so it lasts longer and doesn’t go to waste:
Keep your cheddar better with these tips for storing cheese.
- Keep cheese in the vegetable drawer, where the temperature is cold and stable.
- Cheese ages and perfects by air exposure, so cheese needs air to taste its best. Wrap your cheese with wax or parchment paper – not plastic wrap – so it can breathe. If you’re looking for reusable food wrap to keep in your kitchen, we recommend stocking up on Abeego and Beeswrap.
- For soft cheeses like chevre or goat cheese, place leftovers in a resealable plastic container instead. This is a great time to put a reusable Stasher bag to use.
- Don’t store cheese near highly aromatic foods, as it may absorb these flavors as it “breathes” in your fridge.
- If you’re storing your cheese in wax paper, use a fresh piece of wax paper to rewrap cheese after each use.
- The length of time you can keep cheese also differs according to the variety; in general, the harder the cheese, the longer it will last.
- For the best flavor, only purchase as much cheese as you can consume within one week.