How to Store Cheddar Cheese

Cheddar cheese has a nutty flavor and smooth texture that improves with age when stored in an appropriate manner.
Age improves the flavor of Cheddar cheese.Age improves the flavor of Cheddar cheese.
Cheddar cheese thrives during extended periods of aging under suitable storage conditions. Some cheese makers store choice “wheels” of cheese for up to two years to allow the sharpness of the cheese to become more prevalent. In order to maintain the taste and quality of your cheddar cheese take the necessary steps to keep it fresh and flavorful.

Step 1

Check the inside temperature of your refrigerator. It should remain between 34 and 38 degrees Fahrenheit for optimum cheese storage. Use a refrigerator thermometer to determine an accurate storage temperature.

Step 2

Store the cheese in its original wrapping prior to use. Wrap leftover cheese with plastic film wrap or aluminum foil. Check to ensure no air pockets remain within the film wrap and press aluminum foil tightly to eliminate air spaces.

Step 3

Place the cheese in a refrigerator drawer. Cheddar cheese attracts and absorbs odors from other foods in the refrigerator and this helps to protect and retain the true flavor of the cheese.

Things You Will Need

  • Refrigerator
  • Refrigerator thermometer
  • Plastic wrap
  • Aluminum foil
  • Refrigerator drawer

About the Author

Truell Bliss retired from the restaurant and hospitality industry after almost a lifetime of service. An officer in the American Culinary Federation, he earned his dietary manager certification and progressed into positions as chef instructor, chef manager, dining services operations manager and finally, director of food service.