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Apr 25, 2010 08:37 PM

Queso fresco shelf life

Hi, all. We're fortunate in my section of NY City that the Mexican groceries sell several brands of Queso Fresco. Although marked with a sell-by date about a month distant, I find that once opened, the cheese starts going off within about four days. Is this considered normal?

As it is not inexpensive, this is a concern. If this is normal, I'd be happier if it were sold in sizes half as large. I do notice that Friendship farmer cheese (a popular substitute) lasts a good deal longer.

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  1. non-aged cheese has a pretty short shelf life, particularly when it doesn't contain any preservatives or stabilizers - once opened it's best to use it up within a week or two. how do you wrap & store it?

    1. I think it is normal. I regularly use two different brands of Queso Fresco and have noticed that both last about 5 days(+/-) once opened. If I have cheese left over from the dish I'm using it in, the rest is normally eaten as a snack so it doesn't end up in the bin.

      1. I buy mine at Zaragoza, and it doesn't stay fresco for long. So I quarter the wheel, wrap the pieces in wax paper and a ziploc, and freeze them. They defrost in the fridge in a couple of hours, and they taste fine to me.

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        1. re: small h

          Thanks for the freezing idea. The wheels are 14 oz., and I just can't use up that much before it starts going. If it's just starting to go, I trim all the exterior surfaces and the inside is still good.

          Of maybe I could more carefully wrap the remainder and keep in the fridge. I was just storing it in its tub, which is hardly airtight.

          1. re: comestible

            I think no matter how you wrap the cheese, you've got 5 days, tops, if you store it in the refrigerator. But I'd happy to be wrong, so if you find a method that works, please share it!