How to care for your stash of cheese
You’re here because you purchased a stash of cheese - a cheese baby! Cheese babies require a lot less work than human babies, but they still require care and love. We're here to help with that.
Unlike many pre-shredded cheeses in the grocery store, ours contains zero additives.
Extend the life of your shreds by doing the following:
Always pour or spoon directly from the bag on to your food or plate. We don’t use antimicrobial additives to fight mold growth, which means you should never use a bare hand to pluck cheese from the bag. Your cheese will spoil faster if you use your hands, and everybody will be super sad about it.
Seal your shred bag tightly after opening. Snip the corner of the bag to create a hole large enough to either pour out some shreds or fit a spoon to retrieve some cheesy goodness. Push out as much air from the bag as possible before sealing it. You can use rubber bands, tape, or a Ziplock to get a tighter seal on the bag.
- You’ll notice our shreds enjoy each other’s company a lot. Expect some clumps of cheese in your bag. This is normal. We don’t add anything to the cheese to prevent the clumping. Gently break up the cheesy cuddle-puddles by giving the bag a soothing massage.
We do not recommend freezing your shreds. You can do this, but the cheese will have a weird texture once thawed. It’s up to you, of course. But it’s not what we would do.
5-pound quarter wheels and smaller wedges
If you’re lucky enough to be the proud owner of a quarter wheel of Beehive Cheese, then congrats! This cheddar will get you through a couple months or longer depending on how much cheese you eat. Since it’s a lot of cheese, we want you to understand how to make it last as long as possible.
Here’s what you need to know:
- When kept in the original packaging, your quarter wheel will last up to a year if stored at a constant 33-42 degrees Fahrenheit. Smaller cuts (4 or 12 ounces) will last about 3 months. Cheese is a living, breathing organism. Over time, the package may loosen or puff up. This is normal. Unless there is visible mold on the cheese, your baby is just fine.
- If possible, handle your cheese with gloved hands. A well-washed hand will do the trick, too. Handling cheese with unwashed hands will encourage mold growth.
- After you open your cheese, make sure to wrap it tightly to keep the air out and moisture in. Plastic wrap will do fine. For quarter wheels, we suggest breaking the wheel down into smaller wedges. Use a vacuum sealer to prolong the life of your servings and store them in your fridge.
Do not freeze the cheese. Freezing our cheese will destroy the texture, and it will be a sad version of its former self when it thaws. When kept in its original packaging, the cheese will actually continue to age and get better in the fridge. Please see the shelf life recommendations in the first bullet point.