Jake Lahne, expert in food science, worked as a cheesemonger and he stated they always advised their customers never to store their cheeses in direct contact with plastic, and not to wrap them too tightly. There's some science behind this, as kitchen scientist extraordinary Harold McGee writes in his indispensable kitchen reference, On Food and Cooking. There are, McGee says, three essential reasons to avoid tight plastic wrap.
1. First, any kind of tight wrapping will promote the growth of bacteria, including those not native to the cheese, which can cause food-safety issues or off flavours.
2. Second, tight wrapping prevents the dissipation of natural off odours, like ammonia, which is produced by bacteria native to the cheese.
3. Finally, cheese, being mostly oil and fat, is able to absorb flavours and chemicals from the plastic, which you definitely don't want.
So what's a better alternative? My grandma, who used to do cheese at home and sell it in farmer markets, she always used cotton fabric to wrap them and keep them moist in the fridge. Those were old times and those fabrics were not as classy and unique as the clever option @the_art_room_ltd provides. 👌🏽 Check this 100% cotton and hand screen printed cheese bag. Isn't it a cool and environmentally friendly option to keep your cheese fresh and moist? 😉 .
Same with the potatoes, avoid storing them in plastic bags, use one made out of cotton, jute or similar breathable materials instead; your potatoes will last fresh for longer 😉
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