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Dec 17, 2006 05:16 PM

Leaving grated parmesan cheese out

I have this big bag of Trader Joe's grated parmesan and left it out for a day and night, in a pretty warm kitchen. Can I still use it? The package says it's made from raw milk, if that's relevant.

Thanks for any help.

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  1. If it's not dried out, I wouldn't worry about using it.

    1. Even if it is dried, if you want to cook with it you can. It's okay.

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      1. Thanks so much for your replies. I'm glad I don't have to toss it.

        1. Most good cheeses are better off not being refrigerated when you can avoid it. The runny types need refrigeration but are also better at room temp.

          1. hmm, i leave lots of cheeses out at room temp on my cheese plate.. hasn't hurt anything yet

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            1. re: RiJaAr

              When I lived in France many friends I ate with kept their cheese plates out at room temperature for several days running. They said it added ripeness to the flavor. I never got sick eating the cheese, and I'm sure there were raw milk cheeses in there. I think you're OK on just a day and a night.