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Feb 24, 2008 01:20 PM

Left cheese out overnight; unsafe?

I accidentally left some still factory-sealed cheese on the counter overnight rather than putting it in the refrigerator like I'm supposed to. Is it now unsafe to eat?

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  1. I would eat it, but then again my stomach can take just about anything. I doubt that it has gone bad.

    1. Depends - hard cheeses/aged chheses should be fine. Cream cheeses not so much.

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      1. re: foodhypnosis

        Monterey Jack and Cheddar. Young, but not cream cheese.

        1. re: aynrandgirl

          I'm with roro. It should be fine, especially since it was still sealed. I would eat it. If you're really worried, just eat it sooner rather than later.

        1. re: Sam Fujisaka

          As Jane Grigson (or was it Elizabeth David?) once wrote, cheese is its own type of preserved food. It will be just fine. In fact she -- whichever she was -- was against storing cheese in the fridge.

          1. re: jmckee

            Close your eyes. Picture a cute young Swiss boy way up in the high mountain valleys tending his sheep.
            A week ago before he left the village far down below he put a big chunk of hard cheese and a big piece of cured meat in his pack, along with some hard biscuits.
            The cheese/cured meat/biscuits will need to last him a few more days before his brother hikes up to take over from him.
            Now open your eyes and eat the cheese.

            1. re: Puffin3

              Thanks for this :D
              Just got mine in the mail and it took two days rather than overnight. The cold packs were room temp. :D

        2. Hard cheeses are aged. Cream cheese is allowed to come to room temperature before baking......

          You should be fine.

          1. As some others have said..... hard cheeses will be just fine overnight. The standard health department code rule is 4 hours without refrigeration, but an aged hard cheese is not going to go bad overnight unless you're somewhere near the equator and it's 100+ degrees and humid at night.