I bought a piece of Parmesan cheese over internet. When it arrived (in a styrofoam box) I measured its temperature and it was 17,8° C (64° F). I think it's too high...

Is this OK? What is the correct temperature for storing and transporting Parmesan cheese?


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While ideally Parmesan may be stored (at home) in refrigerated environment, there is no harm done to it (assuming nothing else like condensation occurs) by allowing it to sit at a warmer temperature for a few days. It is, after all, aged at ambient temperature for 2 years.

At least where I live, stores do not even put Parmesan in a refrigerated case; it is sold from tables at room temperature would would be slightly higher than what you measured in the shipping box.

I think your 18 C cheese should be just fine.

See also: How to store Parmesan cheese?

  • Thanks! I also saw in Italy Parmesan being sold without refrigerators, but wasn't sure, because for other cheeses exact prescriptions exist: tis-gdv.de/tis_e/ware/milchpro/kaese/kaese.htm#temperatur
    – Andrej
    Sep 19, 2013 at 14:13
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    Note that the cheeses on the list are all soft, semi-firm, or firm at the hardest; Parmesan is a hard cheese. Its absence from the list probably tells you the same story as outlined above.
    – SAJ14SAJ
    Sep 19, 2013 at 21:08

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