Pélardon is a soft cheese native to Languedoc Roussillon, a city in France; it is made from goat’s milk, particularly from Alpine or Saanen breeds creamy white appearance with a soft texture. Pélardon has a fruity plus nutty flavor with a slightly spicy and bitter aftertaste.
There are different traditions in using pélardon cheese; some people use it softly as a premature form. Some want to have it as fully ripened form with less moisture level in it, and others consume it as semi matured, that is, soft plus slightly ripened state.
It can remain stable for 1-2 weeks in the fridge, and if not stored properly, it can increase the chances of spoilage in it.
How to Store Pélardon
Storing cheese is a bit tricky, but if carefully done, you will be able to use it for a longer period. Usually, a pélardon cheese can remain stable for 1-2 weeks in the refrigerator and up to 6 months after freezing.
You need to be careful while storing it; the following are ways to help store your cheese.
Cover it in Cheese Bags
Cheeses commonly came in plastic wraps, but it is not appropriate as it will masks its flavor because there is not enough air available in plastic wraps which are very important for the cheese to breathe; to keep it fresh, always store it in cheese bags which are specifically made for storing cheese and are porous that will help it from drying out yet keep it breathable.
Wrap It In Parchment or Wax Paper:
If you bought cheese like pélardon and just stored it in a refrigerator enclosed in its original plastic packaging, it will increase its chances of getting spoiled. Rather you should wrap it in parchment or wax paper, not too loosely or tightly, and then cover it with either aluminum foil or thin polyethylene plastic.
This way, your cheese will be able to breathe and retain its flavor and taste.
Keep It In Freezer
Freezing will increase its shelf life, and your cheese will remain stable for up to 6 months, but you should freeze it appropriately, like wrap it in wax paper and then cover it with aluminum foil or thin plastic, now put it into an airtight container and freeze it.
Never freeze your cheese in slices because slices are more prone to get dried out due to their greater exposure to a cold environment; always store it as a whole cube.
Can You Freeze Pélardon
Yes, freezing not just Pélardon but any cheese can increase shelf life by twice, and you will be able to use it for a long time. Now, if you want to freeze your pélardon, first wrap it into wax or parchment paper, then double wrap it with thin plastic and put it into an airtight jar.
You can also apply a little amount of olive oil all over its surface before wrapping your cheese; this way, mold will be grown over this layer of oil, and before using it, you can easily remove the mold and use the rest of your cheese without worrying.
How Long Does Pélardon Last
It depends on how you store it, the type of your pélardon, and how it is manufactured. If you have semi-hard pélardon, it is more stable than a soft one because bacteria seems to grow in moisture, and moisture level is low in hard cheese. But you should carefully store it, like always wrap it in porous wax paper, do not left it outside of the freezer for a long time immediately put it back into the freezer after use it.
In case of soft pélardon, you can freeze it, and it will be good for 2-3 months; soft pélardon has a moisture content in it and can be spoiled if left open or outside the fridge. So cover it properly, not too loose or tight, keep it refrigerated and keep checking it for any mold growth.
How to Tell If Pélardon Is Bad
Pélardon cheese has a creamy texture and a very intense yet pleasant aroma, but if it is gone bad, some prominent changes occur in it, which are listed below.
- Mold Growth: If your pélardon has orange or green spots all over its surface, they are bad mold, and you should not use it in your meals. But there is also good mold used in cheese, so you should check it before tossing it over; if it is not a bad mold, you are good to use it.
- Bad Odor: Always check the smell of your cheese before using it; if an offensive smell is coming out of it, it is better to discard it and buy a new one for cooking.
- Uneven Texture: Another important indication of spoilage in cheese is that its texture becomes uneven, some areas are firmed, and other areas are super soft, do not use such type of cheese because it is spoiled and throw it away.