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soft goat cheese is moldy - can I eat?

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Aimee Apr 9, 2011 10:40 AM

I know you can just cut away the mold from hard cheese but I read that you should toss soft goat cheese. It's nice cheese - I'd love to be able to salvage it.

  1. The Drama Queen Apr 9, 2011 10:46 AM

    Sorry, but the general rule is to chuck soft cheeses like goat cheese if they become moldy. "When in doubt, throw it out " is a good thing to remember. Too bad, but my cheese guy agrees that moldy goat cheese can be dangerous.

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      Aimee Apr 9, 2011 10:52 AM

      I should have added that I already ate a little! I cut away most of it and picked a little from the center - it was great. but now I'm a little paranoid that I will get sick.

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        The Drama Queen Apr 9, 2011 11:04 AM

        Don't worry about it Aimee; you aren't going to get sick. But if I were you I wouldn't eat any more. Eating it from the center probably won't hurt you. Sleep tight. Goat cheese is one of my favorite cheeses so it NEVER gets a chance to get moldy in my fridge. Buy another one, eat it and enjoy it.

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          Aimee Apr 9, 2011 11:14 AM

          Thanks - you are very nice to set my paranoid mind at ease! It was local goat cheese and I forgot about it in the wrapper for two weeks. It went so well with the beet salad I made that I had to eat a little of it!

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      ChiliDude Apr 9, 2011 11:22 AM

      Yo Aimee,

      How did you store the cheese? I saw a cheese maven on one of the cooking shows who said that cheese should be wrapped in aluminum foil and stored, not wrapped in any plastic wrap.

      1. Bada Bing Apr 9, 2011 11:26 AM

        The textbook line is that any moldy cheese is not safe, as even moldy hard cheeses can be risky, even when the mold is cut away. But more often than not, you're unlikely to get ill.

        So it's a gamble, and while I'm not sure how it stacks up against the gamble of eating, say, undercooked eggs that might have salmonella, it's the same general calculation. To play it absolutely safe means to avoid or throw away a lot of stuff.

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          Aimee Apr 9, 2011 12:06 PM

          Thanks everyone. my stomach seems slightly off, but that may be coming from my head! I'm glad I know the rule on soft cheeses!

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