HOW TO STORE & PRESERVE MANCHEGO CHEESE

Preserve Manchego CheeseAs any hard cured cheese, Manchego is very easy to store and preserve as long as you follow a basic set of recommendations.

If you purchase an entire wheel of Manchego you can either keep it in the fridge or store it in a dry cellar or room that is no warmer than about 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20°C).

If you keep it in the fridge, place the cheese on a wooden tray, cover it with waxed paper and place it on the lower tray making sure it doesn’t get wet.

If you plan to store it in a room, then ensure there is good ventilation and the humidity levels are low. Also place the cheese on a wooden tray and wrap it with waxed paper. This will help to preserve the true flavors of the Manchego.

If you have a wedge of Manchego, then it’s better to store it in the fridge using a plastic storage container. Alternatively, you can wrap the wedge with a wet cloth, as it was done traditionally. Although you can use aluminium foil or a plastic wrap, these are not ideal and should only be used for short storage times – They are fine if you’re planning to eat your cheese fast!

A great idea to preserve small pieces of Manchego is to place them in a jar with extra virgin olive oil. You can also get creative and add some herbs or garlic into the mix. It’s important to remember that the jar with oil and cheese should not be sealed airtight. Instead, you should cover the opening with a piece of waxed paper and rubber band before placing in the refrigerator. This will last 2 to 3 months and will taste fantastic afterwards.

2 thoughts on “HOW TO STORE & PRESERVE MANCHEGO CHEESE

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  2. I have a 1.5lb piece of Manchego. As it would require quite a lot of olive oil to cover, if I instead wrapped it in wet cheesecloth and stored it in my wine fridge, how long would it keep? Thank you!

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