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Kitchen HACK: How to Stop Cheese from Getting Moldy

A fridge full of queso is a delightful thing, but how do you make it last long enough to eat? Try this trick to stop the mold from growing.

We've all been there before: we got stuck with too many party leftovers, we're about to head off on vacation, or maybe we just went a little crazy in the cheese section of the grocery store. Regardless, no matter how much you love cheese, there's only so much of it you can eat in a day, and any surplus runs a risk of getting moldy in the back of your fridge.

But don't worry: with this hack, no cheese will ever go to waste on your watch again!

The key is vinegar.

Open up your cheese and remove its original wrapping. Douse a double-layered paper towel with a bit of vinegar (about 1/4 tsp), then wrap it around the piece of cheese so that it's fully covered. Cover the bundle loosely in plastic wrap, then return the block to your fridge.

If you notice the vinegar starting to dry over the next few days, just add a bit more vinegar to the paper towel.

The vinegar won't mess up the flavor of your cheese, but its acid will work against the natural formation of mold and stop it from happening at its normal rate. Of course, this isn't going to make your cheese immortal, but it will certainly extend its life, giving you the time you need to enjoy it at your own pace.

Now you never have to worry about over-stocking your fridge with delicious queso again!

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Three Cheese Baguette

You'll drool over this 3 cheese, bacon-wrapped baguette.

 

INGREDIENTS

  • Blue cheese
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Mozarella
  • 1 baguette
  • Sun-dried tomatoes
  • Bacon

METHOD

  1. Cut your cheeses into thin slices
  2. Slice baguette down the middle (like a sandwich)
  3. Layer cheddar, blue, and mozarella cheese inside the bread
  4. Top with sun-dried tomatoes
  5. Close baguette and wrap with bacon strips
  6. Put in oven and bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees
  7. Slice and serve!

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