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April 6, 2012 - 8:08 am

I’ve been making tons of progress getting the plastic out of my groceries, but I haven’t had any luck with cheese.  (And no, my family cannot live without it.) 

If you buy cheese by the wheel, or whatever, where do you even buy something like that?  How do you store it when you buy in a large quantity?

If you make your own cheese, have you found plastic-free equipment?  I’ve thought about trying it, but can’t get past the startup cost and all the new plastic I’d have to buy.

Beth Terry
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April 6, 2012 - 3:36 pm

Hi. I buy my cheese at a local cheese shop. I realize many communities might not have a cheese shop, but grocery stores like Whole Foods have cheese counters. One thing you can do is ask them what cheeses are sold by the wheel without plastic packaging, if any, and ask them to order/hold it for you. Another thing you can do is find out what they will be cutting that day and ask if they will put some in your own container instead of wrapping in plastic — that is if you don’t want to buy a whole wheel. Deli counters may work that way as well. You may be able to do “less plastic” rather than “no plastic” by asking for slices in your own container at the deli counter, even though the original block will have been wrapped in plastic.

Here is one method for storing it: /2011/03/how-to-buy-and-keep-cheese-fresh-without-plastic/

But recently, I have discovered the wonder of the grater attachment that came with my food processor. (Yes, I know the food processor bowl is plastic.) I can grate all of it at once and store it in mason jars in the freezer and then just use as needed.

April 9, 2012 - 7:56 am

The comments on that post got me thinking!  I’ll have to ask more questions at the local stores. Usually I try to get deli cheese at a store that re-uses their plastic wrap until the block of cheese is gone, instead of getting a new piece after every customer.  A couple summers ago, there was a vendor at the farmer’s market with plastic-free cheese, but they stopped coming.  And I’ve moved, so I’m having to source plastic-free food all over again!

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