At Slate we spend time each day caring for our "wall of cheese" to ensure it is in prime condition for tasting and buying. It is really important to us that when you buy a piece of cheese and take it home it remains in great condition for you to enjoy. Here are some top tips for storing your cheese, if it makes it as far as your fridge of course!
1. Buy little and often
Avoid storing cheese altogether! Buy your cheese in quantities that will get finished at a particular meal or within a couple of days. We're always pleased to see you back at Slate to choose more and you won't be left with cheeses hanging around at home. Our team can always advise you on the quantity of cheese you should buy for a particular occasion as we suggest 70-100g per person if the cheeseboard follows a meal.
2. Don't suffocate your cheese
Cheese is a living product and as it ages it breathes and sweats. Avoid wrapping cheese in cling film as this suffocates the enzymes and bacteria. It can become overly moist and develop a hint of ammonia. It may even take on a plastic flavour from the cling film. Keep your cheese in the waxed paper we've wrapped it in at Slate and allow it to breathe.
3. Don't let it dry out
Keeping your cheese in the waxed paper from Slate will also help to prevent it from drying out. A hard, dry piece of cracked cheese is such a pitiful sight! Refrigerators are incredibly dehydrating for cheese and without the protection of waxed paper, a piece of cheese will lose its moisture and flavour. It can also help to store pieces of wrapped cheese in a loosely fitting plastic bag.
4. Contain the Blue cheese
Avoid cross contamination of blue moulds and strong flavours by storing wrapped pieces of blue cheese separately in a sealed box.
5. To freeze or not to freeze?
Cheese can be put in your freezer but it will never be the same again! The freezing process alters its flavour and texture. Cheese which has been frozen is best used for cooking once defrosted - gather up your frozen cheese left overs and create the most indulgent cheese sauce for cauliflower or pasta.
With these top tips we hope that your cheese will keep the balance of texture, taste and aroma carefully created by its producer. It will remain looking good and tasting delicious as long as possible.