How to cut a wheel open
With the tip of the almond-shaped knife, draw a line dividing the wheel in half along the diameter of the two flat faces down to the sides. The rind is cut by pushing the knife down by a couple of centimetres along the line: two almond-shaped knives are inserted at the two ends of the diameter through the sides. These knifes work as wedges and the strength they develop causes the Parmigiano Reggiano wheel to split open in two. Watch the tutorial video.
How to store vacuum-packed Parmigiano-Reggiano
For short periods of time, Parmigiano Reggiano can be kept at room temperature in stores without suffering any damage. Once purchased, it is advisable to store it in the refrigerator to keep all its aromatic characteristics and ensure an optimal preservation of the product. Vacuum-packed Parmigiano Reggiano can be stored in the refrigerator at a temperature ranging from 4 to 8°C. It is important to make sure that the package is sealed and tight, and not exposed to the air.
How to store Parmigiano Reggiano when freshly cut or taken out of the pack
When you buy a piece of Parmigiano Reggiano freshly cut or when you take it out of the vacuum-pack, it must be stored in the refrigerator at a temperature ranging from 4 to 8°C. Parmigiano Reggiano keeps its organoleptic features unchanged if stored:
It is therefore advisable to keep it in glass or plastic containers. Another practical solution consists in wrapping Parmigiano Reggiano in food-grade plastic film. In this way Parmigiano Reggiano can be kept for a long time making sure periodically that its conditions do not change. It is advisable never to freeze cheese.