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May 14, 2009 06:17 PM

How stinky is French raclette cheese?

I just bought some from Trader Joe's and it smells like feet with mild overtones of vomit. There is no obvious mold on it, but there is kind of a barely noticeable brown edge to it. I didn't notice til I got home and took off the wrapper that the "Packed on" date was 5/2/2009. Is this how it's supposed to be??

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  1. It is sort of stinky and little slimy on the outside. Eat and enjoy!!! It's awesome!

    1. not that much, but depending on how it was packed (if plastic wrapped and not store properly), it can take a some time to let the "bad" odors go away.

      re-wrap it in wax-paper (and aluminun foil) and put it in the fridge.

      1. me too, I just opened trader joes raclette and it is stomach turning I Want to throw it away before it ruins everything else in my fridge.

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        1. re: mountsaint

          don't throw it away!!

          It's supposed to be funky -- like the feet of an angel, you might even say.

          But melt it (it's way better melted) over some ham and potatoes, and you have nirvana.

          1. re: sunshine842

            "like the feet of an angel, you might even say"

            if raclette is that, i wonder how one would describe the epoisses that is currently stinking up my fridge.

            1. re: majordanby

              a little further up the anatomy. (and I *like* Epoisses!)

              1. re: sunshine842

                how much further up? midway? female anatomy? wow. sorry. i had to go there and i will not look at epoisses in the same way.

                1. re: majordanby

                  So much for an attempt at subtlety and a hint of class and decorum.

                  Ass. It smells like ass.

                  1. re: sunshine842

                    I like where I was thinking instead. Now i just have an image of a naked hairy guy bending over who hasnt bathed in days.

                    1. re: sunshine842

                      My family here calls andouillette 'ass sausage'

          2. l find French Raclette waaaay too tame for me and very bland. The pasteurized stuff that comes into the States seems very havarti-ish in so much a bad way. lf very stinky it may have been a lot too long in the plastic wrap which does not help.

            More importantly your stinky may be my bland, who knows unless we have a sniffoff.

            1. rule of thumb is that the worse it smells, the more sublime it will taste.

              Yes, I've been known to hold my breath til I get it past my nose.