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Here at Tillamook, we know that cheese is a very precious thing, and I’m sure you agree! Tillamook Cheese is all natural and mold inhibitors are not used, so there is a chance that you’re cheese will fall victim to mold before you finish it. Luckily you can savor your cheese right down to the very last bite, if you follow these storage tips!

The first step is to always keep your Tillamook Cheese refrigerated at a temperature 40 degrees Fahrenheit. The cheese should be stored in the original packaging and kept in the coldest part of your refrigerator. Surprisingly, this means cheese should be kept toward the back of the fridge on the middle shelf instead of in the dairy drawer!

Once you open your Tillamook Cheese, cut off the part that you plan to use, then wrap the remaining cheese back in the original wrapper, and then place it in a Zip Lock bag or wrap thoroughly in plastic wrap to prevent air from reaching the cheese. Place the cheese back in the coldest part of your fridge once it has been wrapped.

If you are storing your cheese in a Zip Lock bag, remember to use a clean bag that is free of any potential mold spores from other foods. When you finish your cheese, throw the bag away instead of reusing it for your next loaf of cheese.

Limiting contact with your cheese can also prevent mold growth. For shredded cheese, instead of sticking your hand into the bag, gently shake the cheese that you need out of the bag into a bowl. If you are slicing or shredding a loaf of cheese, hold the part of the loaf that is still covered by the wrapper while you work.

If you follow these golden rules of cheese storage, you should be able to enjoy your cheese all the way up until the expiration date! Have questions about this process? Leave them in the comment section below so we can answer them for you!

4 comments

Anna

I like to buy your bulk cheddar slices at Costco. But the ziploc bag feature doesn't work very well. My kids constantly think they have closed it and I find it open and dried out a few days later. I would like to store it in a similar sized Tupperware type box, but can't find one the right size (usuall because the corners are too rounded off or it's not quite big enough). Can you help me find the right kind of container? Thanks!

August 30th, 2016 at 8:47 pm

Sierra

Tillamook Team

Hi Anna,

Thanks for reaching out! I'm sorry to hear that you are having trouble with the packaging of our Medium Cheddar Slices. We usually recommend keeping it in a large Ziploc if you can't keep it in the original package. However, I did a little research online and it looks like you can purchase a Tupperware Cheese Keeper from Amazon. I personally have never tried it so unfortunately I don't know how well it works, but you might be interested in trying that. In the meantime, I will definitely share your feedback with both the Packaging and the Quality Assurance departments. We appreciate your input!

I hope this was helpful!

Sierra, of the Tillamook team

September 7th, 2016 at 10:29 am

Georgia Haynes

I love your cheeses. Would like to buy several kinds at one time when prices are low. Can 2# blocks of cheeses be stored for a long time? In frig? In freezer?

September 12th, 2016 at 6:48 am

Sierra

Tillamook Team

Hi Georgia,

Great question! You can definitely freeze our cheese. We actually wrote a post with helpful tips and advice on how to freeze cheese here: https://www.tillamook.com/community/blog/exploring-tillamook-faqs-can-freeze-tillamook-cheese/. Feel free to contact our Consumer Relations team (https://www.tillamook.com/contact.html) if you have any questions!

Thanks for reaching out,

Sierra, of the Tillamook team

September 12th, 2016 at 12:10 pm
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