Why is my packaged cheese wet?
I had a block of Cabot Extra Sharp cheddar in the fridge which I pulled out to shred to make nachos. I opened the package and the cheese was quite wet and didn't seem to shred as well as usual. It looked and smelled fine with no hints of mold. I don't think I've noticed this with any other packaged cheese and I feel like I've eaten a good amount of the stuff. Is this just a byproduct of packaging, is it OK to use?
Wendy from Cabot here. From our FAQ's: proteins in the cheese release moisture as they age in a process known as "synersis." This is typically a small amount of moisture, and it does not damage the cheese in any way, rather it allows the cheese to reach the next stage of maturity. We recommend you simply wipe off any excessive moisture, wrap the cheese in fresh plastic wrap, and store it in the refrigerator. If you ever have questions about our products, we're super happy to help at email@example.com!
I buy various Cabot cheeses when on sale for "everyday" recipes. I have found the "wetness" you described also and it's always only with 2 of their flavors. The Extra Sharp Cheddar, you mentioned...and their Chipolte cheddar. I too have always wondered why? Have found it perfectly fine to eat.