I really love the feeling of buying a chunk of artisan cheese, and bringing it home in its pretty cheese paper. I swear it lasts longer that way, and I get a great deal of enjoyment from taking it out of the fridge, uncrinkling its packaging, and taking a nibble of something wonderful. For a long time, I figured that my obsession with the ritual of cheese buying and eating had more to do with my romanticism than anything. But, I am beginning to suspect it's based in a bit of fact.
A while back, I read about Formaticum cheese papers. Formaticum insists that cheese is a delicate food and when treated improperly, it will quickly deteriorate. Seems logical, no?
I do think that we tend to forget that cheese is a living organism. We wrap our chunks of delicious living cheese in plastic, and we place it in our refrigerators. Gradually, the cheese suffocates. We are often shocked when we come back to sad, crumbly, moldy pieces of cheese in the back of our cheese drawers. At best, it tastes a bit less like the lovely thing that it once was.
And so... I've decided to see if I can improve my own cheese storage practices. In addition to following the storage tips I found at Formaticum, I've ordered a packet of cheese papers today -- and so they should be arriving next week. I'll admit to feeling a bit giddy over the prospect of being able to wrap my lovely cheeses in Oregonian papers that promise to allow them the luxury of aging gracefully. I'll be sure to report back on my findings.
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