What happens to cheese if I transport it in cold temperature (below 0°C, up to -20°C) for 5-7 hours?

What if it's at +10°C for 5-7 hours?

Can it go bad? If it does, do cool bags solve the issue of cheese going bad?

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    What kind of cheese -- cheddar, parmesan, brie?
    – Erica
    May 7, 2018 at 15:40
  • @Erica all of these kinds and many more. I love cheese you know :D
    – Dunno
    May 17, 2018 at 19:16

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Though my answer won't go into the "technical" side of things as Lorel C.'s answer, I can answer from experience.

I regularly travel to The Netherlands and when coming back I'll always bring cheese back with me on the flight. (Flight duration ~4,5-5 hours) I've brought back all kinds of cheeses, last time I brought a block of yellow Gouda cheese, block of Danablu cheese and 2 kinds of parmesan cheeses. I've never noticed any tangible difference in quality of the cheeses after travelling and they stay good for at least the stated shelf life of the cheese.

What I tend to do is:

  • Make sure the cheeses are vacuum packed.
    • Helps store the cheese and ensure if any fats dissolve from the cheese they don't ruin anything in my suitcase.
  • Wrap them in bubble wrap.
    • I find this to be more flexible a packaging compared to a coolbag and as a bonus it doesn't add much extra weight.
  • Keep the cheese for as long as possible in the fridge before the flight.
    • I.e. put them in your suitcase just before you leave to the airport, but do make sure you left enough space for them :)

I personally haven't tried freezing the cheese as I'm worried that would ruin the cheese so I can't quote experience on that.

  • What about if the temperature is +20? the heat of the summer? Did they survive?
    – Dunno
    May 7, 2018 at 13:54
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    I've travelled from The Netherlands to Israel in the summer when it's ~35 degrees Celsius on an average summers day. After the flight I had about another 2 hours drive to get to where I needed to be. Due to the bubble wrap and storing them in the fridge as long as possible before the flight they still stay fairly cool. I haven't measured exact temperatures, they do warm up a bit but still feel "cool to the touch" not cold but at least below body temperature. After the trip I just put them in the fridge and use them as usual and haven't noticed any discernible degradation of quality. May 8, 2018 at 6:45

Assuming you are talking Celsius, your warmer temperature, +10 (I guess the +8 morphed into +10 between the title and the question), isn't really that warm. According to the website of the cheesemongers Paxton and Whitfield:

Some cheeses are best kept cool, others need a warmer environment; it depends on the type of cheese and its stage of maturity. Most hard cheeses that arrive with you will be fine at 8 degrees centigrade to 15 degrees centigrade, at warmer temperatures they will continue to mature; a cool, humid cellar would be perfect, or any unheated part of the house that has a constant temperature between 8 &15 degrees centigrade. Soft and blue cheeses need to be stored at low temperatures, preferably in a refrigerator between 5 & 8 degrees centigrade.

Even if others would disagree with them slightly, it doesn't seem like +10 is an outrageously warm temp. to transport for just 5-7 hours. I say don't worry about transportation at 10 degrees C.

Your other option, between freezing and -20, might not be as good. StillTasty recommends against freezing cheese. But as Catija suggests, it probably depends on the type of cheese.

  • What if It's +20? What do I do about -20 in the winter? Will cool bags solve the both situations?
    – Dunno
    May 7, 2018 at 13:54

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