Cheese, like us, was meant to age. Trouble is, both can go awry under the wrong conditions. If you’re looking to make the most of your cheese’s lifespan, these tips from Cowgirl Creamery will not only help you get the most bang for your buck, but you’ll get to enjoy your cheese for a longer period of time (and who doesn’t want that?). The Cowgirls know what they’re talking about, too — they’ve been making cheese (like their funky Red Hawk) for over 30 years. Learn more about Cowgirl Creamery and storing cheese in the NPR article below.
“The first thing we say is only buy as much as you’re gonna eat in the next couple days,” says Smith.
And the key to keeping cheese fresh is to immediately remove its plastic packaging and wrap it in wax or parchment paper. Conley puts it in the vegetable crisper so it doesn’t dry out.
“The other rule that we have is after you’ve left it for two weeks,” says Conley, “you’ve bought too much because you couldn’t follow Peggy’s directions. So now you have like four expensive bits of dried cheese in your refrigerator. So we recommend never throwing that away.”
Photo by Tim Hussin for NPR