Examples: Asiago, Parmesan, Beaufort, pecorino Romano, cheddar
What's the fridge life? "Harder, aged cheeses will last the longest in the fridge out of any cheese," said Freier. "Most can last four to six months in your fridge, if you store it correctly. All cheese will lose moisture and change over time -- though harder cheeses have less internal moisture than most anyway, so they will be the least affected." Though the cheese will last and still be "good," Freier noted that any cheese, when frozen, will taste a little differently.
How to store it: "What I do, is use what I call the 'egg drawer' (NOTE: Not the vegetable drawer -- though that can be used in a pinch) and wrap the cheese in cheese cloth, parchment paper, or butcher paper," she said, while advising all cheese lovers to stay away from wrapping it, skin-tight, in cellophane. "The cheese needs to breathe -- this will help it last longer than if it's suffocated."
How to tell if it's gone bad: "With harder cheeses, you can definitely cut a little mold off, should some pop up," she said. "Just chop off the problem area, and you should be good to go." Though Freier noted to pay attention to the mold you see, before slicing it off and digging in. "If the mold is white, or blue/green -- that's natural. If you are seeing red or black mold, it could be another issue and you should throw the cheese out, honestly."