Wrapping and storing cheese at home can be a little intimidating, but it doesn’t need to be! With a little know how, you can wrap and store cheese like a pro for maximum freshness. Aged cheeses like Emmi Le Gruyère AOP or KALTBACH cave-aged cheeses can be stored for weeks under the right conditions. Follow these three tips to keep your cheese fresh and delicious.
1. Don’t Overcut
For maximum freshness, keep cheese pieces as large as possible before wrapping. This will prevent the cheese from drying out too fast. Smaller pieces will dry out more quickly.
2. Give your cheese room to breathe
Professional cheese paper is designed to protect cheese while storing it in the refrigerator and regulate humidity. Cheese needs to “breathe” a little bit to prevent mold growth, but too much air and it will dry out. To mimic professional cheese paper at home, wrap the cheese first in parchment or wax paper. Follow with a layer of plastic wrap. This double layer allows the cheese to breathe and stay fresh.
3. Store in the Right Spot
Store wrapped cheese in a vegetable drawer or lower shelf of your refrigerator where the temperature is consistent and not too cold.
Now you are ready to wrap and store cheese like a pro!
It will come as no surprise that our dinner parties are usually centered around cheese. Whether we’re warming up pots of Fondü for dipping, firing up the Raclette grill or setting out bountiful cheese boards for nibbling, the cheese is always center stage. That’s enough to ensure plenty of prompt “yes” RSVPs, but once the party arrives, we want to make it an extra special experience for our guests. A few small touches help keep good energy and leave a lasting impression long after the last piece of cheese has been devoured.
1. Change Your Perspective As long as the weather possibly allows, we’re throwing parties al fresco — bundling up in sweaters and blankets, and cozying up by the fire. Whether you’re indoors or out, you can create a totally new environment simply by changing your table height. And no, we don’t mean making permanent changes to your furniture. You can create a custom low “table” with a piece of wood or tabletop surface, and cinder blocks. Layer a few tablecloths or throws over top for a more boho feel (or to hide a less-than-charming surface). For seating, think pillows and cushions. Get creative and cozy!
2. Stretch Your Flowers A couple pots of mums are easy to find and inexpensive throughout the fall season. Snip off a few bunches to fill small jars and tabletop vases. Place a flower on each place setting. Wrap up small bundles with parchment paper, and secure with twine for sweet little takeaway bouquets. Use whatever is leftover to fill your prettiest pots around the table.
3. Go Monotone Pick a neutral color palette for your table to ensure the food and florals really pop. Here, we’ve chosen warm tones of brown and gold to complement the dark wood table.
4. Raid the Olive Bar A plethora of cheese-friendly accompaniments can be found on the olive bar at nearly every grocery store these days. Take full advantage to create bountiful cheese boards with minimal effort. Be sure to look for items in a variety of colors to add visual interest.
5. Get Everyone Involved A dinner party centered around cheese is enough to make your guests giddy with excitement, but keep them involved throughout the night. A wheel of Tête de Moine adds extra excitement to the table. We love watching guests’ faces light up as they spin the girolle, a tool that curls the cheese into petal-shaped pieces. With other cheeses, keep large wedges on-hand for cutting throughout the night, so guests can see and feel the rinds as they slice off a piece. Of course, fondue and Raclette are wonderfully interactive as well, and our Emmi Fondü is easy to heat and serve.