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Dec 9, 2013 11:10 AM

How long does hard cheese last?

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

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

        3 Replies
        1. re: Sirrith

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

          1. re: Ruth Lafler

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

            1. re: Tripeler

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