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Resting Smoked Cheese

civil eggineercivil eggineer Posts: 1,547
edited 2:09AM in EggHead Forum
I smoked another 5 lbs of chedder yesterday and have the bagged cheese resting in the refridgerator. I generally rest them in ziploc bags a week before vacuum sealing them. Is there any downside to vacuum sealing them immediately? Thanks!


  • RipnemRipnem Posts: 5,511

    I can't see a downside, as long as you hold off on freezing them for that same week or so.

    Just packed a few pounds up yesterday, that sat in ziplocks for just over a week.

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  • WokOnMediumWokOnMedium Posts: 1,376
    I vacuum seal after three days. My cheese was pretty smooth when I opened it. 5lbs of cheese sounds glorious!
  • Do you freeze your smoked cheese? I froze some recently by accident and the cheddar turned crumbly.

  • I nonly refridgerate and never freeze. I believe I read cheese will keep for 6 months in a vacuum seal and refridgerated. I am also carefull about wearing gloves while handling to prevent any introduction of bacteria.
  • cookn bikercookn biker Posts: 13,407
    You really need to do that with cheese.
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  • mkcmkc Posts: 540
    I froze some last summer and the cheddar definitely turned crumbly. I can use it in recipes but it won't slice and the texture for eating just as cheese has really suffered. I haven't thawed/tried the pepperjack yet, but I won't be freezing in the future.

    I do vac pac mine right away. I can't really see a reason not to.

    As a datapoint, we buy very aged (6 year plus) cheddar every summer from a farm in Vermont. It's foil-wrapped, then waxed. I've kept the bricks un-cut for longer than a year in the fridge and it isn't moldy at all when we finally break into it. I would think vacuum packaging would give similar storage longevity.
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  • hornhonkhornhonk Posts: 3,841
    Mine goes straight from the egg to the foodsaver. No problems here. I don't freeze my cheese.
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