Big Sky Cheese

Cheese Handling Questions

We've listed a few of the most common cheese related questions and their answers.

How should cheese be stored?

Cheese should be refrigerated at temperatures of 35 to 40 degrees F in the original wrapping until ready to use. It is best stored in the refrigerator as close to the bottom of the appliance as possible - the vegetable compartment is ideal.

Once the cheese is exposed to air, mold and dehydration may occur. To protect the cheese from mold, always work with it in a clean area. Strong smelling cheeses like Limburger should be well wrapped and kept in a separate container to prevent odours from transferring to other foods.

How do I prevent cheese from molding in the refrigerator?

How long is it safe to keep cheese?

What does Best Used By Date mean on the packages?

What is the best way to wrap and store Big Sky prepackaged cheese?

Is wrapping cheese in plastic safe?

How do I sanitize my counters and cheese cutting equipment naturally?

Most household cleaners contain dangerous chemicals that emit toxins and pose a threat to everyone's health. Vinegar is a well known nontoxic biodegradable sanitizer as well as a cleaning agent.

As a sanitizer it is effective against a broad range of bacteria, yeasts and molds, destroying or reducing these organisms to acceptable levels. Vinegar has been found to be effective as a rinse agent in reducing levels of E. coli on various countertop surfaces. Vinegar's chemical properties make it a cleaner and sanitizer with several advantages:

• Biodegradable
• Easy to dispense and control
• Safe for stainless steel
• Less likely to leave harmful residues
• Pleasant clean odour
• Nontoxic and safe

Vinegar will also remove odours from your refrigerator that can absorb into other foods. Use vinegar alone, or, combine 1/2 to 1 cup of vinegar with 1/2 cup to 1 cup of water. Place in a spray bottle or bowl for easy access.  

Can Big Sky Cheese be kept out of refrigeration for displays?

My cheese arrived warm, what should I do with it?

The cheese got moldy, should I throw it away?

What are the strings that I may occasionally find on the cheese? 

What is the best way to melt cheese?

Cheese cut into small pieces or shredded promotes more even melting in a shorter amount of time. When you add cheese to any recipe, cook on low heat, stirring constantly.

High heat will toughen cheese and make it stringy. When you are making a sauce with cheese in it, add cheese as the last ingredient and heat until just melted.

Processed cheese melts more smoothly than natural cheese because of the amount of water added to the processed cheese. 

What is the best way to microwave cheese?

What is the best temperature for serving cheese?

What is the best way to shred cheese?

Can you make cheese last longer by freezing it?

What are the strings that I may occasionally find on the cheese? 

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