|My Tillamook cheese in my storage room.|
I also promised I would write a post about keeping cheese on your pantry shelf. I learned this trick in a food storage class at Honeyville Grain last July, in the same class that I learned about the cottage cheese.
In July my grocery store had these Tillamook cheese blocks on sale for $2.99 (with a $1.00 coupon) and I bought about 10 of them. I was too chicken to set them all on the pantry shelf, so I started with only this one block. You'll see in the first picture that I kept the cheese in an old baby wipes box. I did this to keep any unwanted guests from partaking of my cheese. (I have never, nor do I now have any kind of bug or rodent in my storage room, knock on wood) I have read on other blogs that around 7 months the cheese gets very sharp so I thought that 8 months would be a good time to try my cheese out.
The cheese was still a hard block of cheese and there was a little bit of liquid in the plastic. It smelled kind of sharp but looked and felt just like a regular block of cheese.
You can see the liquid that separated from the cheese in this picture. The cheese cut just fine and would shred just as well. I ate a bite and it was totally edible!! It wasn't too sharp and it would make a really good grilled cheese sandwich or a great topping on top of a casserole. I will definitely be using the cheese in my meals this week. I was surprised that it wasn't too sharp and that it wasn't moldy :) I am sold on keeping Tillamook cheese on my pantry shelf. Remember that you can't do this with any other brand of cheese, it isn't packaged the right way to do this. This is another great way to save money by purchasing an item at its lowest price and being able to store it for a long time without refrigeration. Most cheese has a long expiration date, but this would help in a time of little or no refrigeration. If I was smart, I would buy smaller packages of cheese so we wouldn't have to use 2lbs of cheese at one time and not have to waste all that cheese without a refrigerator. I may be a food storage nerd, but I love trying out these food storage tricks and it is so fun to find out the results!!