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How to Store Parmesan Cheese

Delicious Tips: Storing Parmesan Cheese

Haven't made a resolution yet? Make an intention to buy better ingredients, like Lesleykat has with parmesan cheese — then learn how to properly store them, too.

Part of my New Year's resolution is to not buy crappy parmesan cheese. You know the stuff I'm talking about. It comes in a green cylinder with a snap lid. It's powdery, gritty, and utterly tasteless. Yes, there are better options than this crap, but what you REALLY want to get is the good stuff: PARMIGIANO-REGGIANO. Look for the rind stamped with dotted block letters or even a stamp. Examples here.

The quickest way to ruin a good chunk of heavenly parmesan is to not store it properly. The air in your refrigerator will carry the scents of other foods and get into food that isn't well protected. The best example of this is stinky ice. So gross!

Learn to properly store your cheese when you keep reading.

To properly store your cheesy goodness, remove it from whatever packaging it came in, be it shrink wrap or plastic bag. Wrap it in parchment paper, and then wrap it in plastic or zip it up in a plastic zip-top bag. The paper creates a barrier between the cheese and the plastic. It will also help to absorb any moisture that may get in and can cause mold growth. That's it. Easy!

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Julia-Millay-Walsh Julia-Millay-Walsh 5 years
My fave is the shredded (not grated) kind! So good.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 5 years
mold? what mold? my father just eats around it, lol.
peskilla peskilla 5 years
I work at a cheese shop (yes, I am a cheesemonger. I love my job title, hah!) and we usually suggest cheese paper or parchment paper plus plastic for cheese that is going to be consumed reasonably soon and straight plastic for cheeses that are going to hang out for a bit.
Susannah-Chen Susannah-Chen 5 years
This is a great suggestion. Also, don't forget that with a hard cheese like Parmigiano-Reggiano, if you find a piece of mold, cut it off! Don't throw away the entire wedge. It'd be going to waste!
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