How To Keep Cheese Fresh
It's probably happened to all of us: you buy a beautiful hunk of cheese at the market and bring it home, only to find that it suddenly tastes stale and plastic. Although cheese suffers when packaged in cling wrap, the process is a necessary evil for many cheese shops. Fortunately, there are ways to ensure that you get a fresh, quality piece of cheese every time.
Because cheeses are typically re-wrapped after each handling, cut surfaces of the cheese may spend a great deal of time in contact with the plastic film. If you find that a sample from a cheese counter already has that stale, oxidized taste, don't hesitate to ask the cheesemonger to scrape off the surface of the cheese and offer a new sample from underneath. And when you get home, if your cheese is wrapped in film, immediately remove the plastic and re-wrap in waxed paper.