Call me a cheese geek (I readily confess), but wrapping cheese carefully has always given me particular satisfaction. Perhaps it’s my own small homage to the considerable labors of the cheesemaker, the least I can do being to send the wedge or wheel on its way looking its best. Taking care to wrap cheese serves a dual purpose. It’s not only pleasing to the eye but is essential to keeping the cheese in the best possible condition. A badly wrapped cheese will deteriorate much more quickly than a well-wrapped one.
What follows are some step-by-step instructions for swaddling those challenging cheese shapes armed only with a sheet of paper and a small amount of sticky tape. If you find a method that works better for you, that is fine too (and we’d love to hear about it). The important thing is to ensure that the cheese is entirely covered by paper, but not wrapped so tight that it’s strangled. Remember, cheese is alive.
Step 1: Place the wedge of cheese along the center line or crease of the paper. This will provide a good positioning guide, ensuring that the cheese is entirely covered by the paper when it’s wrapped.
Step 2: Bring one edge of the paper over the top of the cheese and down the other side. Form a crease in the paper with your fingers where the two pieces of paper meet. Fold the outside edge of the paper toward the middle, encasing all but the thick end of the cheese.
Step 3: “Roll” the wedge of cheese toward the edge of the paper, making sure that the paper is taut (not super tight), and fasten with a piece of scotch tape.
Step 4: Fold the open side ends of paper inward to meet each other in the middle (like a paper dart).
Step 5: Fold the “point” of paper at the thick end toward the cheese to enclose the wedge. Fasten with a piece of tape.
This is one of the most challenging shapes of cheese to wrap well.
Step 1: Align one of the cut edges of the cheese along the center crease or fold of the paper. This will provide a good positioning guide, ensuring that the cheese is entirely covered by the paper when it’s wrapped.
Step 2: Bring the top half of the paper over the top of the cheese. Fold the outer loose edge nearest you once toward the cut face of the cheese.
Step 3: Then fold again, this time taking the paper over the top of the cheese toward the other loose edge.
Step 4: Bring the two edges together in a point and fold inward toward the cheese. Fasten with a piece of tape.
Feature Photo Credit: Image from food52; all other photos: Gregory Chechin