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03/23/2017 06:31AM   (Thread Older Than 3 Years)
What are the best options for cheese? WhAt varieties last longest?
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03/23/2017 08:38AM  
Your best options are harder aged cheeses but in reality if your only out a week even softer cheeses like Cheddar/Jack will keep. We like Gouda and Gruyere on our meat and cheese days with some nice summer sausage or salami.

03/23/2017 10:28AM  
I've taken cheddar blocks on trips. They get oily when they get warm but they're still fine. Most popular on our trips are cheese sticks, which will last about a week outside of the fridge if you take care to keep them out of direct sunlight as best as possible.
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03/23/2017 07:12PM  
I've never had cheese go bad. That includes extra sharp cheddar out for a week plus. Cheddar does "sweat" but I haven't had it get moldy. In hot weather, I keep my cheese in a "swamp cooler" made out of an old blue jean leg which gets dunked in the lake and then hung in the shade when we get into camp.

For long trips I have heard of taking blocks of cheese and wrapping them with cheese cloth dampened in vinegar and then dipping them in wax.

I have also taken gouda that comes in a small wax wrapped block and those can ride around in the pack for a long time before anything would happen to them.

Personally I like the flavor of warm cheese.
03/25/2017 08:35AM  
For lunches we like the Baby Bel individual wax-enclosed cheeses. The wax wrappers make great fire-starters later, too.

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03/25/2017 07:30PM  
I usually take 3 or 4 kinds - cheddar, swiss, parm, muenster, gouda, even brie...all are fine for a week or two. Some do get oily but still taste fine.
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