The Best Way to Store Blue Cheese

blue cheese storage

Blue cheese can be a finicky cheese type to store.  The cheese paste is often  delicate with its pierced blue veining, making it more susceptible to oxidizing and losing its surface moisture.  Now, that is not to say that a blue cheese is lost if it becomes a little drier and more crumbly.  It's just not as the cheesemaker intended. Wrap blue cheese too tightly in plastic or cheese paper and it does have a tendency to grow unwanted bacteria (usually of a pinkish hue) more quickly due to trapped moisture on the paste, which can make it inedible. 

In this blog post, we highlight the best way to store blue cheese in the Cheese Grotto, and some makeshift solutions if you're not quite ready to invest in one of our humidors.

To learn more about what makes a blue cheese blue, you can check out our What is Blue Cheese? post. 

how to store blue cheese

1) A Balance of Humidity, Airflow, And Breathability

Blue cheese likes to be stored in a climate that has a high-humidity.  We recommend at least 80% to keep that cheese paste fresh.  The tricky task is guaranteeing that the cheese stays in a humid climate without trapping moisture. This is where the design and materials used in the Cheese Grotto come in handy. 

Since the Cheese Grotto self-regulates high-humidity with the included clay brick humidifier, and since it has a breathable back panel, fresh air supply circulates around the cheese in a gentle way.  And because you're not storing your cheese on plastic tupperware or in plastic/paper that can stick to the cheese paste, there's no risk of moisture being trapped on the surface of the cheese.  When moisture is trapped on the surface of the cheese, this usually results in the rapid degradation of the cheese, and the emergence of unwanted, pinkish bacteria that is inedible. The Cheese Grotto does not require you to wrap your cheese, so it can live in a gently aerated, humid climate that preserves its freshness.

the best way to store cheese

2) Blue Cheese Mold Can Have a Tendency to Bloom

In rare cases when enjoying blue cheese consistently and at very high volumes, the blue mold can have a tendency to situate itself on the bamboo Grotto shelf and bloom. Our key recommendation here is to simply clean the Grotto shelves with hot water and distilled white vinegar (3:1) between uses, and allow to air dry.  And just make sure to allot one-inch of space between cheese types in order to give each one room to create its own micro-climate. 

Another solution is to opt for our Black Resin shelving, which is non-porous and dishwasher safe.  This material significantly minimizes the chance of blue cheese blooming.  

In any case, there are straightforward options to keep your cheese fresh while also storing other cheese types in the Grotto!

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3) Blue Cheese Will Last Longer When Stored in the Fridge, But It's Best Eaten at Room Temperature

As you may have noticed, the Cheese Grotto is designed to be stored in the fridge or on the counter.  Many die-hard cheese enthusiasts store their cheese on the counter during the week they'll be enjoying it.  The Grotto is a pure joy for those cheese loving folks.  The benefit of keeping blue cheese out at room temperature in the Grotto is that the flavor and texture of the blue cheese is ready to eat at any moment, eliminating the need to take the cheese out one hour prior to eating for the best experience.

If you're ultimate goal is to keep your blue cheese for as long as humanly possible, please store the Grotto in the fridge.  It will slow down the rate of fermentation and it will extend the shelf-life, according to dairy lab scientists and cheese experts

why you should eat cheese at room temperature

4) If You're Not Quite Ready for a Cheese Grotto, Here's Some Other Suggestions

  • Wrap cheese in cheese paper or bee's wrap, the two next best options
  • Place the wrapped cheese in a more humid section of your fridge, like the vegetable drawer, so it doesn't dry out.
  • If storing cheese on the counter in a traditional cheese dome, be sure to lift the dome for fresh air supply to get to the cheese so it doesn't suffocate. 

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Jessica Sennett is the founder and inventor of Cheese Grotto. Her whole life is cheese - seriously.

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