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.

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? The Holidays are coming and probably like you, I find that I’m always entertaining and cheese is something I always make sure to have on hand when guests come.

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However, when I have so much cheese in the drawer in my fridge, I like to make sure I can make it last through the entire season so I don’t waste anything. 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.

Beer Cheese Soup Recipe from COOKtheSTORY.com

This post originally appeared in July, 2013 and was revised and republished in November, 2018.
Nothing is worse than when you get a piece of cheese out of the fridge only to discover that it has grown a chalky white coating. Find out how to prevent the growth of this layer of mold by clicking here. #cheese #cheeseplate #holidays #cheeseboard #reducewaste

2 Responses to “How To Store Cheese So It Doesn’t Grow Mold”

  1. Katie — July 25, 2013 @ 8:57 am (#)

    Ok, I HAVE to try this out! There is nothing more depressing than having to throw away a piece of cheese with mold on it. It’s a sad sad day when that happens to me…

  2. Susi — July 23, 2013 @ 10:17 pm (#)

    Thanks for the tip. Not sure if I’ll ever have to use it – cheese doesn’t last long in our house!!! :)

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