Caring for your Cheese

When you buy cheese in our store or on our website, we wrap it in a lined paper that we import from France that is designed for cheese. Ideally, we recommend using a clean wrap of this paper if you have any cheese left over from your meal. However, in a pinch we've found that wax paper (best for softer cheeses) or aluminum foil (best for firm to hard cheeses), work quite well.

We choose not to store cheese in plastic wrap because we find that imparts an unpleasant chemical taste if left in contact with the cheese. Depending on the cheese and the condition of your refrigerator (humid or dry), you may want to overwrap the waxed paper with plastic wrap to avoid the plastic wrap contacting the cheese, while preserving moisture. If you must wrap in plastic wrap, after opening the cheese, be sure to clean the cut surface of the cheese by giving it a light scraping with the edge of a knife to remove the contacted area.

Store your cheese, tightly wrapped, in an area of higher humidity such as the meat or vegetable drawer and away from drafts. Most of the cheeses will keep for several days to several weeks if properly stored (aged, hard cheeses will last longer than fresh, soft ones). Any cheese will grow white, blue, yellow or black mold over time. These molds are natural and harmless to most except those who are immunocompromised. However these molds can add flavors of sharpness or bitterness so we recommend scraping the mold from the surface of the cheese.

Cheese Rinds
Most cheeses have rinds and most rinds are edible. It's much like eating a piece of fruit - If you don't like the skin, cut it off. Of course don't eat the wax, foil or cloth rinds and in the case of the hard Parmigiano rind, save it for soup and sauce making.