Best ways to store Parmigiano Reggiano cheese

13 November 2017Italian cheeses612Views

Parmigiano Reggiano is aversatile cheese widely used in cooking since ancient times, but it is important to know how to properly store once you have bought it.

Thanks to its texture and low water content, Parmigiano Reggiano is one of the best cheeses to preserve. Cheese cuts may be kept at ambient temperature for short periods of time in retail stores. Consumers should refrigerate after purchase to maintain best flavour profile and longest life. Vacuum-packed Parmigiano Reggiano must be stored in the refrigerator between 4 and 8°C. It is important to make sure that the pack is sealed and no air can enter. After purchasing a piece of Parmigiano Reggiano freshly cut cheese or after opening the vacuum pack, the cheese must be stored at home in the refrigerator at a temperature between 4 and 8 Cº. Parmigiano Reggiano maintains its organoleptic characteristics if it is stored at the right humidity level (attention because in ventilated refrigerators cheese tends to dry) and if stored separately from other food (the fatty part of cheese tends to absorb other smells of various food in the fridge).

Parmesan Cheese, the real Italian one, has distinctive taste and aroma.
Parmesan Cheese, the real Italian one, has a distinctive taste and aroma

For example, it should be kept in appropriate glass or plastic containers. Another easy solution is wrapping it in food-grade plastic film. Cheese should never be frozen; however, it is possible to freeze grated Parmigiano Reggiano.

Thanks to its aroma and exclusive taste, Parmigiano Reggiano represents a basic element in the kitchen enhancing the flavour, taste and aroma of soups, enriching many meat courses; it is perfect to season salads, to accompany aperitifs, fresh and dry fruit, and nuts.

Parmigiano Reggiano is therefore a complete and essential food, it is the tastiest answer to a balanced and functional diet in today’s lifestyles, where physical wellbeing, vitality and dynamism are a key factor to live longer.