Friday, August 25, 2017 by Frances Bloomfield
Has your cheese gone past its expiration date? If it has, be sure to check it thoroughly before you toss it out. You could be one of the millions of Americans throwing away perfectly good cheese. According to food experts, numerous varieties of cheese are able to last well past their expiration dates. And knowing how long it will take for your cheese to spoil can keep you from wasting food and money.
As per the DailyMail.co.uk, here’s what you need to keep in mind:
If you’re still unsure as to whether or not your cheese — whatever it may be — has gone bad, you can always smell and/or taste it. Cheeses with a strong ammoniated or sharp urine-like smell are no longer fit for consumption. As for taste, keep in mind that cheese will keep on ripening well after it’s been purchased and that its taste and texture will change while in storage. However, if your cheese causes your lips, tongue, or cheeks to burn or tingle, then it’s not safe to eat anymore.
Expiration dates aren’t always slapped onto foods to inform you of their time frame of edibility. More often than not, they’re tacked on to foods to give consumers an idea about the freshness and longevity of the foods. Any food that has gone past its expiration date will decline in taste quality, but it won’t become unhealthy. (Related: What the Dates on Your Food Really Mean.)
Moreover, terms like “Use by” or “Best if used on” or “Sell by” don’t all mean the same thing. “Sell by” is more for the retailer than the consumer, “Use by” is added in reference to the desired quality and not the safety of the product, while “Best if used on” is more or less the same thing.
Don’t let labels force you to send perfectly good food to the trash. The expiration dates of cheeses may be set artificially early, but you shouldn’t let them tell you how good or how bad your cheese is.
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