How to Store Cheese
For those of us with some willpower, storing cheese is a constant challenge. My mom uses that cling wrap stuff to keep the wrapper nice and tight, always giving my dad a hard time for not re-wrapping correctly. I followed that method as well, for a while, though never found the results to be all that great. More recently, I stumbled across this article on the Kitchn, as well as other comments from the likes of DiBruno Bros and Madame Fromage that plastic wrap should never be used to keep cheese.
I tried the Kitchn’s suggested method, but it didn’t work for me. My cheese still got dry, and perhaps even more quickly than with the cling wrap method. So after doing some online research and reading all kinds of different methods and ideas, I came up with my own hybrid method. I use the basics of the Kitchn method, wrapping cheese tightly in wax or parchment paper and then loosely in plastic, but my twist was to add a wet paper towel into my cheese drawer to help with moisture retention. I’m not sure if this is bad from a bacteria-growing standpoint, but it sure keeps my cheese happy. If that’s a concern for you, I would recommend regularly replacing the towel.
Here’s a video that illustrates the technique: