How long can cheddar cheese be unfridgerated?
Cheese should be refrigerated at temperatures of 35 to 40 °F in the original wrapping until ready to use. Store cheese out of the airflow in the cooler so it doesn’t pick up off-flavors common in all refrigerators. If the original wrap is removed, rewrap cheese tightly with plastic film wrap or foil to prevent air pockets. Once cheese is exposed to air, mold and dehydration may occur. To protect cheese from mold, always work with it in a clean area. It will keep better if rewrapped with new plastic wrap after each time opened. To be extra cautious, double-wrap the cheese or place it back in its original container or a sealed container, if possible. Strong-smelling cheeses like Limburger should be well-wrapped and kept in a separate container to prevent odors from transferring to other foods. Most sites recommend that cheddar not be left out of the refrigerator for more than 2 hours. However, it is probably safe to keep unopened cheddar cheese outside of the refrigerator for up to 24 ho