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Jan 4, 2008 04:36 PM

Help... need quick answer! Thanks! [Moved from Home Cooking Board]

I bought this cheese thing at Trader Joe's a while back.... it's called brie fondue. The expiration date says January 18. I opened it and it had a pretty powerful smell of ammonia. I put it in the oven as the directions said... it still smells like ammonia. Now I've never had this stuff before so I don't know how it's supposed to smell. It may sound stupid, but is this brie bad? I was going to serve it to guests tonight. Should I just chuck it? Thank you so much!

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  1. Have you tasted it? That may make this decision a hell of a lot easier. If it tastes like crap, throw it out.

    1. I smell ammonia - I toss. But you probably want to hear from others.....

      1. Dont chuck it...return it to TJs. They will happily give you your money back!

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        1. re: chelleyd01

          Thank you all so much for the quick answers. Normally, if something smelled like that I would've thrown it away, but I've never had it before. I did taste a little of it and it tastes ok, but I'm not going to chance it. Besides, ever since I mentioned the word ammonia, my husband looks like he'd rather eat dirt:) chelleydoll, thanks for reminding me that TJ's will take it back. I think that's just what I'll do. Oh well, less apps= more wine:) Have a great weekend!

        2. cheese with white, bloomy [moldy] rind - e.g. camembert, brie, chevre - that smells like ammonia is either overripe, or was somehow mishandled. it won't kill you to eat ammoniated cheese, but it wouldn't be too pleasant either. glad everyone caught you in time.

          btw, if you have the receipt from tj's, you don't even have to save the cheese...just tell them it was bad and you tossed it, and they'll refund your money. gotta love that return policy!

          1. If it smells like ammonia, it's gone bad. Don't have any experience w/ TJ's, but as other posters suggest, I'd return it.