Understanding food dating method
Examples of acceptable cheeses include: American, cheddar, Colby, gruyere, parmesan, Romano, stilton and Swiss.
Soft cheeses or those which are crumbled, pre-sliced, or shredded, should not be consumed if mold is found.
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Once opened, the air reacts to the metals and may leach onto your foods so always move them to another container for storage.
Please note that you should always check your can before opening.
Discard moldy: lunch meat, hot dogs, cooked pasta, casseroles, soft cheese, yogurt, sour cream, cottage cheese, jams & jellies, soft fruits & veggies, bread, baked goods, peanut butter, nuts and beans. High acid foods such as tomatoes and fruit will keep for up to 18 months.
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An important factor to remember when discussing food expiration is food storage. So when you accidently put the creamy salad dressing in the cupboard instead of the fridge, throw it away! If you have a hard or semi-soft cheese, you can cut the mold off with a knife.
Cut well below the moldy spot (1 inch/2.5 cm) and make sure your knife avoids touching the mold so it doesn’t contaminate the rest of your cheese.
However, over time, the quality of the food will diminish. Does it feel soggy, mushy or have a totally different consistency than it used to have? If all your other tests are telling you the food is okay, take a tiny bite to confirm the food does not taste off or leave a “sparkling” or “bubbly” sensation in your mouth.