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Apr 18, 2008 04:00 PM

Okay to eat old ricotta?

I have an opened container of ricotta that's been sitting in the fridge for a few weeks. There are no signs of mold, and it's still before the expiration date. The note on the container says to eat the cheese within 3-5 days of opening it.

I'm wondering if it's okay to eat. I plan on cooking it rather than eating it fresh. I have some leftover marinara sauce that I made in the freezer and want to mix it with some penne and shredded mozzarella and bake it.

Think it's safe?


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  1. Let your nose be your guide and give it a little taste for good measure. Nothing there that will kill you but it may taste off. I've had stuff in the back of the fridge where it's real cold that lasted a lot longer than expected. It will sour before it molds. So give it a sniff if you don't want to head to the grocery store but if in doubt toss it out.

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    1. re: scubadoo97

      agree with scubadoo. also, fwiw, store those types of containers/products (like cottage cheese, yogurt) upside down. the contents keep longer.

    2. Good question and one that I've wondered about also. I've eaten [plain] Fage yogurt that is many months past its date in curries. And cream cheese months overdue also in a cooked product. Both with no problems.

      1. Thanks to all who replied. Good to know that it'll sour before you can see mold. Maybe I should just stop being such a cheapskate and buy a new container. ;)

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        1. re: mixmastermidori

          take a small taste. and sometimes just the top layer is funky (in a pinch, yes i have surgically extracted a goodly amount, and used what's below).

        2. I have always used ricotta in that exact same state, but only if it smells good. I totally agree with all the posters. Since it will be cooked, if it smells alright, I'm sure it's fine.