Topic

Shelf stable cheese


Forum Posting

A Membership is required to post in the forums. Login or become a member to post in the member forums!

Home Forums General Forums Food, Hydration, and Nutrition Shelf stable cheese

  • This topic is empty.
Viewing 25 posts - 1 through 25 (of 38 total)
  • Author
    Posts
  • #1277898
    Nathan Baker
    BPL Member

    @slvravn

    Locale: East Coast - Mid Atlantic

    I wanted to see if anyone had any recommendations on any packable cheeses. I have looked around and my only fear is that cheese tastes more like cardboard than it does like pepper jack. If anyone has any experience with them and would throw out a few good names it would be appreciated. Thanks

    #1768213
    Rick Dreher
    BPL Member

    @halfturbo

    Locale: Northernish California

    Hi Nathan,

    Two favorites are Mendocino dry jack and any good Parmigiano Reggiano. They still must be wrapped airtight and hot weather will make them sweat (or whatever one calls it). But in decent weather I've had them keep for a week.

    The stuff sold at room temperature in stores seems to not really be cheese. Might as well get the spray can "cheese product" for the ghoulish entertainment value.

    Cheers,

    Rick

    #1768215
    Mark Cashmere
    BPL Member

    @tinkrtoy

    Locale: NEOH

    +1 on the spray cheese. You just brought back soooo many camping memories! :)

    #1768232
    Sarah Kirkconnell
    BPL Member

    @sarbar

    Locale: Homesteading On An Island In The PNW

    While one can carry many cheeses while hiking for sheer shelf stability and taste check out these little gems:
    http://www.packitgourmet.com/Wisconsin-Swiss-Cheese-p422.html
    http://www.packitgourmet.com/Jalapeo-Jack-Cheese-p181.html
    http://www.packitgourmet.com/Tomato–Basil-Cheese-p448.html
    http://www.packitgourmet.com/Wisconsin-Cheddar-Cheese-p180.html
    http://www.packitgourmet.com/Wisconsin-Cheddar-Cheese-with-Onions–Chives-p523.html
    http://www.packitgourmet.com/Wisconsin-Chipotle-Cheddar-Cheese-p522.html

    They all pack well and do NOT taste like Velveeta – they have flavor, great texture and most of all melt well. And don't get oily in hot weather.

    You can also find one or two of the flavors at Cost Plus World Market stores.

    For cream cheese you can get a couple flavors of this at Minimus:
    http://www.minimus.biz/rondele-Cheese-Spread-Original-Plain.aspx

    #1768256
    spelt with a t
    BPL Member

    @spelt

    Locale: Rangeley, ME

    If it's cool enough, many of the semi-hard cheeses will do well. Cheddar, Gouda, Gruyere…

    I should add that a little oil doesn't bother me, so my definitions of "cool enough" and "do well" might vary from yours.

    #1768265
    Bob Gross
    BPL Member

    @b-g-2-2

    Locale: Silicon Valley

    I buy a bar of Swiss Emmentaler at Trader Joe's, and I cut it into the right size for the length of backpack trip (about one ounce per day). Then I wrap that with a simple paper napkin and put that into a ziploc bag. After a day or two, the cheese starts to get a little oily, and the paper absorbs that. The oily paper burns quickly in a campfire.

    –B.G.–

    #1768275
    Nathan Baker
    BPL Member

    @slvravn

    Locale: East Coast - Mid Atlantic

    Thanks for the suggestions everyone.

    Sarah – the cheeses from Packit were the exact ones I was looking at. I called the company and they said they tasted great, but its nice to have a non biased confirmation.

    Bob – nice idea about the napkin soaking up the grease and using it in a cooking fire. thanks

    #1768309
    Sarah Kirkconnell
    BPL Member

    @sarbar

    Locale: Homesteading On An Island In The PNW

    Greasy or oily paper towels: best fire starter around!

    Also..the mini Babybels are great for taking. And as well, you can burn the wax shells :)

    I really like the triangle cheeses I mentioned. They taste normal if that makes sense. Sometimes shelf stable can lack in flavor, they don't!

    #1768313
    Bob Gross
    BPL Member

    @b-g-2-2

    Locale: Silicon Valley

    "And as well, you can burn the wax shells"

    That's an excellent fire starter, for the multipurpose crowd.

    –B.G.–

    #1768314
    Chris Hanson
    Member

    @chrishanson

    Locale: Eastern Wyoming

    I took some of these cheeses with me hiking/camping in 100 degree NM desert heat in July and they held up great and taste good too. I had the Jack with peppers and am going to order a variety of the flavors to try.

    Here is the best source I've found:

    http://www.northwoodscheese.com/index.html

    #1768340
    Laurie Ann March
    Member

    @laurie_ann

    Locale: Ontario, Canada

    cheddar (older with less humidity is better), dry jack, parmiggiano reggiano, grana padano, emmenthaler are all great choices.

    If it is for the first day or two then we sometimes take chevre (goat cheese) and Brie/Camembert are good for a few days.

    Zingg Swiss processed cheese and Laughing Cow will keep for many days. Babybel and Bonbel waxed cheeses will last over a week.

    Vacuum packed skim mozzarella will last 10 days in 90°F weather.

    You can also buy Brie and Camembert by Danesborg that is in shelf stable packaging and will keep indefinitely.

    #1768356
    Sarah Kirkconnell
    BPL Member

    @sarbar

    Locale: Homesteading On An Island In The PNW

    Laughing Cow cheese that is sold in the cardboard circles, with single wedges inside is 100% shelf stable. It does NOT need to be refrigerated at all. Stores sell it with cold cheese so that shoppers connect it with being cheese. You can buy it often on sale though at drug stores…on the shelf.
    Only thing is the wedges are delicate – it is processed cheese, a spread. So carry the wheel to protect the wedges. You can of course burn the thin cardboard wedge when done!

    #1768366
    Justin Reigle
    BPL Member

    @jreigle

    Locale: SF Bay area

    I wrap my cheese skintight/airtight with plastic wrap. This seems to keep the oil in the cheese. Works well for me.

    #1768841
    Dan Durston
    BPL Member

    @dandydan

    Locale: Canadian Rockies

    I like packing Brie for a special treat. Some Brie's require refridgeration, but lots don't.

    Grab a nice small wheel of Brie, some brown sugar and some nice crackers. Then after you're done dinner heat up the brie under it starts to puff up (you'll see it) and then it's ready. Then it'll be all soft and gooey inside. The brown sugar is key here. Either put it on the wheel of brie or apply it individually when you put the cheese on your crackers. It's so good.

    #1768847
    Bob Gross
    BPL Member

    @b-g-2-2

    Locale: Silicon Valley

    "Some Brie's require refridgeration, but lots don't."

    What is the key to knowing, before it is too late?

    –B.G.–

    #1768852
    Sarah Kirkconnell
    BPL Member

    @sarbar

    Locale: Homesteading On An Island In The PNW

    I'd be wary on non-pasteurized Brie, where as if it is you have a better chance of better hauling.

    #1768864
    Bob Gross
    BPL Member

    @b-g-2-2

    Locale: Silicon Valley

    Sarah, some cheese is labeled with "made with raw milk." That means non-pasteurized.

    So, your suggestion is to avoid raw milk cheese if we need to carry it for long?

    That's no biggie. I have some provolone that seems to do OK.

    –B.G.–

    #1768877
    Dan Durston
    BPL Member

    @dandydan

    Locale: Canadian Rockies

    "What is the key to knowing, before it is too late?"

    In the grocery store there will often be a small refrigerated area/bin that holds the specialty cheeses and maybe some fancy meats. This is the area where you would find blue cheese, feta etc. In most grocery stores I visit, on top of this refrigerated bin is a shelf area that's not refrigerated and they put shelf stable items up here like some cheeses, dry pepperoni's etc.

    When I shop for Brie, there is often a variety of Brie up in the 'shelf stable' section and then more varieties from other brands down in the refrigerated area. This gives me a rough indicator of whether or not it needs refrigeration. I normally grab one from the 'shelf stable' area and then I inspect the packaging to see if it says 'keep refrigerated' anywhere. If it doesn't, then it's good to go. If there is none in the shelf stable area, then I look in the fridge to see if there are any that don't ask for refrigeration. So I guess the short answer is just to look if it says 'keep refrigerated' on it.

    I take Brie on a good portion of my trips. I have one of those small/mini wheels on nearly every long trip with my wife. We usually eat it towards the end of the trip (ie. 3-6 days in) and we've never had any problems. We've also had these wheels of Brie sit in our kitchen cupboards for 1-2 months before using with no troubles. In the woods, Brie has always been awesome, although it was less awesome the time we forgot the brown sugar. I think I normally get the Rosenburg stuff and then I ditch the box and just bring it in the wax paper wrapping:

    brie

    #1773734
    Greg Mihalik
    Spectator

    @greg23

    Locale: Colorado

    "Cheese" – Hardly

    I was excited to see these recommended as a shelf stable cheese, so I order a few from Packet Gourmet.

    Fake Cheese
    Guess What! These are American Cheese confections gussied up to look like real cheese.

    From Wiki –
    "Today’s American Cheese is … Manufactured from a set of ingredients such as milk, whey, milkfat, milk protein concentrate, whey protein concentrate, and salt. In many jurisdictions, it does not meet the legal definition of cheese and must be labeled as "cheese analogue", "cheese product", processed cheese, or similar and is commonly referred to as "plastic cheese" or "burger cheese" …."

    You may like Velveeta.
    I do not.

    #1773778
    spelt with a t
    BPL Member

    @spelt

    Locale: Rangeley, ME

    Unless you are near a major port city and know a wily cheesemonger, or else have connections with the native raw milk movement, any raw milk cheese you can buy in the US is aged over 60 days. This precludes most of the soft cheeses, which ripen in less than that time if made with unpasteurized milk. I wouldn't worry about Brie. You won't be able to accidentally buy raw milk Brie in the US. Unless you're lucky or good, you won't be able to buy it at all.

    #1773965
    Monty Montana
    BPL Member

    @tarasbulba

    Locale: Rocky Mountains

    I just checked a small wheel of Brie that I have in the frige, and you're right, it is not labeled "keep refrigerated". Who would of thought? Now I have another favorite cheese to take backpacking (the others are Jarlsburg and Aged Amsterdam Gouda)!

    #1774029
    Sarah Kirkconnell
    BPL Member

    @sarbar

    Locale: Homesteading On An Island In The PNW

    Greg,

    It isn't great "eating" cheese but it does work well in hot meals or even trail salads diced up – for one it melts quickly. So before you toss it (if you have any left over) realize its potential in pasta, rice, burritos, etc.

    And unlike traditional cheese you can carry it for very, very long periods of time – even in the summer.

    #1774345
    Laurie Ann March
    Member

    @laurie_ann

    Locale: Ontario, Canada

    I'm of the mind that isn't good enough to be an "eating cheese" then it's not going in my food. Ewww. I'm the same about wine and oils. If the olive oil or wine doesn't taste good on its own then it is definitely not going in as an ingredient in my meal. You can call it elitist, snooty, or pretentious… but good food starts with good ingredients.

    Anyway, there are loads of great cheeses that are good for eating on their own and do perfectly well on the trail even in very warm weather.

    I've also marinated cheese in a vinegar and herb mixture to make an interesting addition for tossing in pasta. It's a great way to prolong shelf life on a shorter life product.

    Recently we took a bit of a local blue called Blue Haze on a trip. Well, technically the cheese itself isn't local but made in Quebec. Then it is brought to Caledonia here in Ontario where it is wood-smoked before it reaches my favorite little cheese shop.

    #2225382
    ben .
    BPL Member

    @frozenintime

    not sure if anyone is around from this 4 year old thread, but i just bought a couple bricks of two year-aged cheddar which sounded like a good option for a week long trip i'm about to head out on… until i saw that it's 'raw milk.' i just want to double check with anyone that might be smarter than me about this that this should be safe for us. i'm not an expert in pasteurization to say the least. thanks!

    #2225397
    Cameron M
    BPL Member

    @cameronm-aka-backstroke

    Locale: Los Angeles

    I don't know the answer to the raw question. I can say that I have been really enjoying Mini Babybel white cheddar, and parmigiana reggiano even ten days into a trip. The Pack-it gourmet shelf-stable cheeses are truly disgusting, IMHO.

Viewing 25 posts - 1 through 25 (of 38 total)
  • You must be logged in to reply to this topic.
Forum Posting

A Membership is required to post in the forums. Login or become a member to post in the member forums!

Loading...