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How long does hard cheese last?

AbbySch Dec 9, 2013 11:10 AM

I have some Manchego from 2011, its very hard, but no mold, and has been in the fridge for a while. I heard somewhere that cheese like this can be used as a base for a hearty stew. But is it ok to eat? I grated some of it off and it appears, smells and tastes fine...

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  1. Ruth Lafler RE: AbbySch Dec 9, 2013 12:29 PM

    It's fine.

    1. Delucacheesemonger RE: AbbySch Dec 13, 2013 05:11 AM

      Sure, far drier but with no mold fine to eat. l have a few cheeses in my wine cellar that are decades old.

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        Sirrith RE: AbbySch Dec 13, 2013 05:35 AM

        Until it goes moldy. Then you cut off the moldy parts and it is fine again.

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          Ruth Lafler RE: Sirrith Dec 24, 2013 12:57 PM

          After all these years, I finally figured out that a vegetable peeler is great for removing the moldy part (especially on a thin piece).

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            Tripeler RE: Ruth Lafler Dec 27, 2013 06:04 AM

            For years I have used a potato peeler to make very, very thin slices of hard cheeses like emmental or gruyere.

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              Ruth Lafler RE: Tripeler Dec 27, 2013 11:46 AM

              Clearly you were quicker to figure this out than I was!

        2. Tripeler RE: AbbySch Dec 24, 2013 03:14 AM

          Not long in my house.

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