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??
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.
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.
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.