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Ask the Monger: How Long Can Cheese Sit Out of the Fridge?


How long can cheese sit out of refrigeration? Awesome question! It’s one I get a lot at the counter, especially in the summertime. Unfortunately, there isn’t one simple answer: It all depends on the cheese. Generally speaking, those with a higher moisture content like fresh cheeses, soft cheeses, or anything especially squishy don’t do as […]

Three types of stinky French cheeses stand in a row next to thin breadsticks

Ask the Monger: What Happens When You Store Cheese in Plastic Wrap?


What happens when you store cheese in plastic wrap?  Good question! This is a hotly debated topic, and everyone has an opinion. I welcome the opportunity to shine a spotlight on the complexities of the answer.The effect that plastic wrap has on cheese varies depending on the type of cheese. The rind is the most […]

cheese plate

Top 5 Tips Every Cheese Lover Should Know


With over 1400 varieties of cheese, from the younger, milder, and softer types, to the hard, aged classics like Parmigiano Reggiano, there’s plenty of cheese to explore. The following five best practices will ensure that your lifelong cheese quest is quite enjoyable. Moldy Cheese: Is it safe to eat moldy cheese? Probably. Unwanted bacteria can easily […]

Moldy Cheese

Ask the Monger: Is the Mold Growing on My Cheese Dangerous?


Is the mold growing on my cheese dangerous? It’s not uncommon to open a piece of cheese in your fridge and find a bit of white or blue mold growing on the surface. Your first reaction might be to throw the whole thing away, but you don’t have to. They’re harmless, and a very common […]