Cheese Storage Wraps

Published January 1, 2013. From Cook's Illustrated.

Can these specialized products keep your cheese fresher longer?

Overview:

Keeping cheese fresh in the refrigerator is tricky. As cheese releases moisture, tight wrappings encourage mold; loose ones let it dry out and harden. But one cheese-wrap outfitter uses a two-ply material—wax-coated paper lined with thin, porous polyethylene plastic—in both its Cheese Paper ($9 for 15 sheets with stickers) and Cheese Bags ($9 for 15 bags). This combination (often used by professional cheesemongers) has a salutary effect, allowing moisture to wick off the cheese but not escape entirely. We wrapped cheddar, Brie, and goat cheese in both the paper and the bags, put them in the refrigerator, and checked on them every other day for a month. Both products kept all cheese types pristine for two weeks longer than identical samples that we double-wrapped with parchment and aluminum foil. Slightly more convenient to use than the cheese paper, the bags didn’t need to be sealed with stickers: Just fold over the ends a few times to close.

Keeping cheese fresh in the refrigerator is tricky. As cheese releases moisture, tight wrappings encourage mold; loose ones let it dry out and harden. But one cheese-wrap outfitter uses a two-ply material—wax-coated paper lined with thin, porous polyethylene plastic—in both its Cheese Paper ($9 for 15 sheets with stickers) and Cheese Bags ($9 for 15 bags). This combination (often used by professional cheesemongers) has a salutary effect, allowing moisture to wick off the cheese but not escape entirely. We wrapped cheddar, Brie, and goat cheese in both the paper and the bags, put them in the refrigerator, and checked on them every other day for a month. Both products kept all cheese types pristine for two weeks longer than identical samples that we double-wrapped with parchment and aluminum foil. Slightly more convenient to use than the cheese paper, the bags didn’t need to be sealed with stickers: Just fold over the ends a few times to close.

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    Formaticum Cheese Bags

    These 11 by 6½-inch wax-coated bags resemble bakery bags, but their insides have the same porous plastic layer used in Formaticum Cheese Paper. The bags kept Brie, cheddar, and goat cheeses free of mold and dryness for three weeks, letting the cheddar dry out just slightly in the fourth week. Slightly more convenient to use than the cheese paper, the bags didn’t need stickers to seal: We just folded over the ends a few times to close them.

    • Ease of Use ★★★
    • Performance ★★★

    $9 for 15 bags

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    Formaticum Cheese Paper

    This wax-coated paper, lined with thin, porous plastic, kept cheddar, Brie, and goat cheeses free of mold and dryness for three solid weeks (though by week four the cheddar developed traces of mold). You get a box of fifteen 11 by 6 1/4-inch sheets, with stickers for sealing and labeling the wrapped cheese. Simple and durable, the sheets let us open and rewrap cheese multiple times.

    • Ease of Use ★★★
    • Performance ★★★

    $9 for 15 sheets with stickers

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