Cheese Care and Storage Guide

Many of you may ask on how long does cheese last out of the fridge. Basically, the shelf life of different kinds of cheese vary from a few weeks to many years. This, however, depends on the composition of the cheese and how the cheese is packaged.

Here’s an interesting infographic depicting care for your beloved cheese in terms of storage and serving so that it would be at its most delicious state when eaten.

Other considerations in storing cheese include the following:

  • Store cheese by type. This means that you should not place aged cheese in the same piece of waxed paper with fresher cheese type.
  • Cheese flavor can be directly affected if stored with other cheese type. Thus, strong cheese need to be stored on their own and must be ensured that they are not stored with milder cheese.
  • It is not recommended to store cheese in the fridge since freezing will impair the character of the cheese. If, however, cheese has been stored in the fridge, it is recommended that it would be used for cooking instead of eating it directly.
  • When in doubt, throw it out! If you are skeptical whether your cheese is still edible or if it’s already stale, trust your instinct. Presence of black mold along with slimy surface and ammonia smell usually indicate that your cheese can no longer be eaten.
  • The lifespan of a good cheese is dependent on the following factors: temperature inside the fridge, temperature outside the fridge, room temperature, and humidity. In order to achieve what is best for your cheese, you need to explore the variables by experimenting to determine what works best.