How to Store Feta Cheese in Olive Oil & Herbs

Enjoy Over Crackers, Toasted Baguette, Mixed Into Pasta or Crumbled Into Salads

by Stephanie Thurow
PHOTO: Preserved Feta with Oil and Herbs. Photo by Stephanie Thurow

Knowing how to store feta cheese can extend its use by date and infuse flavors that make feta a perfect addition to varied dishes. Ready to level up your next charcuterie board? Make a couple of variations of this homemade preserved herbed feta cheese and you’ll have your guests begging for more! It’s as simple and marinating feta cheese with oil, red wine vinegar and any herbs of your choice. The flavor combinations are endless.

Also Read: Cucumber and Feta Cheese Dressing

This feta cheese stored in olive oil and herbs can be enjoyed over crackers, toasted baguette, mixed into pasta or crumbled into salads. Once the cheese is gone, the leftover oil can be used to make salad dressings, marinades or used as a drizzle for roasted or grilled veggies.

Feta Cheese with Herbs

Yield: 8 oz cheese


8 oz feta cheese
¼ cup red wine vinegar
1 cup extra virgin olive oil (as needed)
1 garlic clove, minced
Herbs and seasonings as desired.

Cut a brick of feta into bite-sized cubes and place cubes into a clean pint jar or other glass dish with a fitting lid. Be careful not to break or crumble the cheese while filling the jar.

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Add garlic and herbs of choice over the cubed cheese.

Pour the red wine vinegar over the cheese. Next, add the olive oil, but just enough until the cheese is completely submerged in oil.

Gently shake the jar upside down to blend the oil and vinegar, being mindful not to break up the cubed feta.

Softly tap the bottom of the jar on the counter to rid any air bubbles that may be trapped between the feta and jar.

Wipe the rim of the jar with a damp paper towel to remove any food. Apply the canning lid and tightly screw on the ring.

How to store feta cheese is also a process of time. Infused cheese should be kept in the refrigerator for at least 48 hours before sampling. The longer the cheese infuses with the herbs, the more flavorful it will become.

Enjoy the preserved feta with oil and herbs within one month for the best flavor and texture. Be sure that the cheese stays submerged in the vinegar-oil mixture for best preservation.

Flavor combinations pictured include:

1 garlic clove minced with ¼ teaspoon dried oregano and 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary.

1 garlic clove minced with 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes.

1 garlic clove minced with 1 tablespoon fresh minced parsley.

Other delicious flavor combinations:

Chopped garlic with dried oregano, dried basil, and dried thyme.

Lemon zest and fresh dill.

Mint and parsley.

Thyme, rosemary, and garlic.

How to Store Feta Cheese Notes

There is a debate on whether soft feta or hard feta in brick form make better-preserved feta cheese. My answer to that is: there is no wrong choice here when you know how to store feta cheese. Both offer delicious outcomes. However, if you want to make a more spreadable preserved herbed feta cheese for crackers or bread, you’d be better off with a softer option. If you intend to use the preserved feta in salads or in something you’d prefer it to stay firm in, then use that firmer option to preserve.

It’s worth using a decent quality olive oil when making preserved feta since it’s such a large part of the recipe.

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