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6/16/2016 6:14 am  #1


What type of cheese does everybody bing into the backcountry?  Is there one that lasts better than others?  It would be for a salami and cheese wrap.  I found real cheddar cheese sticks last year at the superstore but they became very oily and kinda slimy.  Still used them but wondered if there was something better.  Thanks


6/16/2016 6:36 am  #2

Re: Cheese

I love Babybels, lots of variety of flavours, and wax sealed. Not the best shape for your wrap, but you can slice them or break them up . . . I don't have any actual data to suggest how long they are good for at elevated temperatures etc. but figure its going to be far better than anything open air can get at . . . 


6/16/2016 7:48 am  #3

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Aged cheeses do best.  I prefer an aged gouda for flavor but aged cheddars also work very well even in summertime temperatures.  You can't beat some sliced gouda, a few crackers or a hard roll and a glass of port wine while you wait for your dinner to re-hydrate.  In a similar vein, parmesan works well but is not exactly a good cheese for crackers/bread - more for seasoning dishes with its salty flavor.  A good rule of thumb is that the harder the cheese is, the longer it will last so cream cheese, brie, blue, etc. don't have the warm-weather shelf life that harder cheeses do.  I personally am not a big fan of the baybels...too much like a processed cheese in their texture and flavor.  

There are many resources on the internet for storing cheese but you don't have to go through multiple steps such as soaking in vinegar, sealing in wax, etc.  Just wrap the cheese in a paper (not newspaper, more like butcher's paper) and you should be good to go for many days.  Store the cheese in the center of your food bag and keep it in a cool location out of direct sunlight whenever possible.


6/16/2016 10:00 am  #4

Re: Cheese

Great info.  Just what I was looking for.  Thanks!

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6/16/2016 6:39 pm  #5

Re: Cheese

Babybell is not as good as more expensive waxed cheese in my experience


6/16/2016 6:51 pm  #6

Re: Cheese

Last year I saw hard cheeses as individual snack size at my local loblaws superstore. They were in a little net, about 20 in there.  There was a mix of Gouda, marble,cheddar and mozzerella. Each was individually wrapped airtight.
Lasted through the 10 day trip without problems!


6/17/2016 8:51 am  #7

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We get the ones tentsterforever mentioned. I think the brand is "Balderdash" or something similar. They are individually packaged and usually some sort of aged cheddar. Sometimes they get a bit slimy but they still tasty great. I'll slice one into 2 thinner slices for grilled cheese. Add some shelf-stable bacon and you're set for a great lunch!


6/17/2016 9:03 am  #8

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Balderson, not balderdash.

superstore carries the mesh pack of assorted cheese.

Costco carries a mesh pack of just aged cheddar and it is excellent for longer trips.


6/17/2016 11:57 am  #9

Re: Cheese

I buy the ones from costco on a regular basis.  That makes it easy to decide what to bring.  I am definitely going to look for that variety pack though.  Thanks again everyone!

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