Keeping qualities of cheese vary considerably. In general, the firmer and more aged the cheese, the longer it will keep. Cottage cheese must be used within a week,while a whole, uncut parmesan may keep a year or more.

Soft-ripened cheeses like Brie, Camembert, and Liederkranz deteriorate rapidly once they reach maturity. They are difficult cheeses to purchase because in their whole lifespan there may be only one week when they are neither underripe nor overripe.

Other ripened cheeses are not as fussy, as long as you store them under refrigeration and well wrapped to prevent drying. Cut cheeses dry especially quickly, so they must be wrapped in plastic at all times.

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