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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!

14 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

Lindsay

HellO! I am also having trouble finding a Tupperware type option for storage. The one from the Amazon link you posted is too small since Tillamook dimensions are greater than 3in.

Just curious if there any other storage options you know of..?

Other people must have this problem as well, so I assume there *has* to be an effective option out there!

October 30th, 2016 at 1:58 pm

Sierra

Tillamook Team

Hi Lindsay,

Sorry to hear you are having trouble finding a Tupperware option to store your cheese! We typically advise storing our cheese in its original wrapper, wrapping the open end in aluminum foil, and storing it in a large plastic Ziploc so I'm afraid I don't know of a specific Tupperware container that would fit our loaves. It might be easier just to cut them in halves or fourths and try to find a container that will fit them that way.

I'm sorry I couldn't be more help!

Sierra, of the Tillamook team

October 31st, 2016 at 4:23 pm

Jesse

You guys really ought to have a cheese storing device made up for sale that will fit your loafs...one like that one in Amazon or like the old Velveeta containers. Most importantly, the slide out tray or base of the unit should be designed so you can cut the cheese with a knife directly from it so you never have to handle the cheese. You would make a lot of your customers delighted!

February 24th, 2017 at 8:37 pm

Sierra

Tillamook Team

Hi Jesse,

Thanks for your suggestion! I don't know of any plans to start producing our own storage containers as we currently only produce dairy products, but I will certainly pass along the request! Thanks for stopping by our blog.

Sincerely,

Sierra, of the Tillamook team

February 28th, 2017 at 9:32 am

Diane Anderson

I love your cheese, and usually buy the sandwich slices. However, they often get mouldy before we can use them. Is there so way to keep this from happening?

April 4th, 2017 at 8:15 am

Sierra

Tillamook Team

Hi Diane,

Great question! It depends which slices you are purchasing. If you are purchasing our 12oz Thick Slices that do not have a resalable package, we'd suggest wrapping the cheese in aluminum foil and then placing them in an airtight plastic bag. If you are using our 8oz or 2lb slices in the resealable bag, it is best to leave them in the original package and store them in the coldest part of your fridge. However, please remember that our cheese is a natural product that does not use mold inhibitors, so ideally you should use it within 3 to 5 days of opening. If you can't use the cheese in that amount of time, we suggest freezing some of it. Feel free to email us at info@tillamook.com if you have any other questions.

I hope that helps!

Sierra, of the Tillamook team

April 6th, 2017 at 9:37 am

Jordan

My favorite cheese ever! You guys are awesome.

July 8th, 2017 at 1:21 pm

Sierra

Tillamook Team

Hi Jordan,

Thanks for stopping by our blog! We're thrilled to hear you're enjoying our cheese. I'll be sure to tell our Cheesy dream team to keep up the good work. We appreciate the positive feedback!

All the best,

Sierra, of the Tillamook team

July 10th, 2017 at 11:41 am

Bob Fleming-Jones

I bought a 2 lb block of smoked cheddar. It will take us a long time to eat it all. I have not opened the package. How is the best way to store the cheese we will not use for w wile (weeks)?

August 28th, 2017 at 4:09 pm

Sierra

Tillamook Team

Hi Bob,

Thanks for stopping by our blog! The post above has some great storage tips. You could also try freezing the cheese, depending on how you will be using it. According to the USDA Cheese Guide, cheese may be frozen for as long as 6 months. Freezing cheese will stop the aging process and will reduce mold growth. Frozen cheese will have different body characteristics, and when thawed, cheese is often dry or crumbly. To maintain moisture and flavor, your cheese should be frozen with the original wrapper on (if possible) and thawed slowly. Partially thawed cheese shreds easily, but you might experience difficulties with slicing – if this is what you intend, we recommending slicing the cheese before freezing it.

I hope that's helpful!

Sierra, of the Tillamook team

August 28th, 2017 at 4:31 pm
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