How To Store Cheese So It Doesn’t Grow Mold
Nothing’s worse than when you get a piece of cheese out of the fridge only to discover that it has put on a white fur coat. Find out how to store cheese so that this layer of mold does not grow by reading below.
Have I ever told you how much I love cheese? If so, it might surprise you to learn that I sometimes find a chunk of cheese in my fridge that has somehow managed to remain uneaten.
How does this happen? Usually it’s because some bit of leftover cheese got wrapped up and stuffed behind the jar of pickles and sauerkraut at the back of the fridge.
Imagine my delight when I discover this glorious forgotten hunk of saturated fat back there just waiting to be put into a sandwich or onto a cracker or, well, if I’m being honest, straight into my mouth while I stand in the cool of the fridge door wondering what other delicacies are back there (I usually decide that the cheese was satisfying enough and I don’t need to reach that far in again anytime soon).
Or, imagine my dismay when I discover this inglorious forgotten hunk of chalky white-cloaked mold that probably shouldn’t be consumed by anyone who wants to be healthy later in the day. I unwrap it and inspect it trying to decide if perhaps I can cut off that smudged white coating or maybe wash it off??? I usually toss the whole thing regretfully into the trash.
Well, that’s what I used to do before my mom told me her best tip for how to store cheese so it doesn’t grow mold.
It’s so simple!
How To Store Cheese So that It Doesn’t Grow Mold
– After you’ve opened the original packaging from the cheese, remove it and throw it out. Get out a piece of paper towel (or cheesecloth). Sprinkle it lightly with vinegar – about 1/4 teaspoon of vinegar sprinkled on a double layer of paper towel will do.
– Wrap the cheese completely in the paper towel and then wrap it all up loosely in plastic wrap. Store in the fridge.
– Check the cheese sometimes. If the towel is completely dry, sprinkle with more vinegar.
Oh, and no, the cheese will not taste like vinegar. I don’t know why it doesn’t but it doesn’t. Trust me.
Why does this vinegar-enriched cheese storage method work?
The acetic acid in the vinegar prevents the growth of mold, meaning that you (or I) get to stand in front of our fridge eating old bits of cheese more often. Let’s just say that acetic acid has become my new favorite thing.
Disclaimer: Vinegar is an amazing thing but I doubt that it can work its magic forever. Don’t store cheese for too long even if you have used my mom’s vinegar trick. I can’t tell you how long is too long since cheese never actually lasts long enough in my fridge for me to do a scientific test. Let’s go with 1 month. If you get close to that time, toss it in the freezer. It won’t shred or slice nicely after being frozen but the crumbles you get out of it will still melt nicely. And they’ll taste good and won’t make you sick, which are the important things after all.
Now that you know how to store cheese without it molding, you can use the cheese to make this delicious Beer Cheese Soup Recipe.