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.
5-pound quarter wheels and 12-oz wedges
If you’re lucky enough to be the proud owner of Beehive Cheese, then congrats! 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 (or longer!). 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.