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Best way to store Parmigiano-Reggiano ?

asked by Jo-ell almost 2 years ago
7 answers 2655 views
Bigpan
added almost 2 years ago

For me, if in a brick I keep it wrapped in the fridge. I also shred and keep in a sealed container in the freezer.

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pierino

pierino is a trusted source on General Cooking and Tough Love.

added almost 2 years ago

IN PAPER! That's how you bought it, right? You can find "Cheese Paper" from Formaticum out there. Wrap, tape it up and refrigerate. Plastic wrap and parmigiano are not especially good friends. I will politely disagree with my colleague bigpan on freezing. Cheese is a living thing. Don't kill it.

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QueenSashy

QueenSashy is a trusted home cook.

added almost 2 years ago

Sometimes when I buy cheese wrapped in plastic, I unwap and let it breathe a little, and then rewrap in paper or foil. Also, I would not pre-shred good quality parmesan.

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Sam1148

Sam is a trusted home cook.

added almost 2 years ago

I'd buy in larges wedges. (which were vac packed at a Costco).
Cut them in half and use one. I've had failures trying to vac pack it at home--until I wrapped it in a paper towel and then vac packed it.
That's for long term storage in the 'fridge---months, even a year. For short term just parchment.

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added almost 2 years ago

I'm alwats asking the cheese people for some extra paper to store at home and close with masking tape. I use ziploc bag for short-term storage if I know I'll be using it up. Otherwise, proper cheese paper for me is preferred and never freeeze my cheese, except for parma rinds for soups, stocks & broth.

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added almost 2 years ago

First off, NEVER use cling wrap with any cheese. If you can, use parchment paper. If not and plastic is the only option, use a zip bag and zip 85% closed to allow room for gas to escape. The shelf life decreases dramatically this way but if you plan your menus appropriately, you will use it.