Cheese Gone Bad?

How old is too old you might ask? A good rule of thumb is to try and consume cheese within a few days of bringing it home. The best way to know if it has gone bad is to just taste it. Smelling the cheese is not a reliable way of judging whether or not it has gone bad because most cheese has a natural stink to it! By tasting a little bit of the cheese you will know right away because if it doesn’t taste right then it probably isn’t. Cheeses naturally change flavor over time, but if the taste is entirely different from when you bought it, then it may have gone bad.  A soft, fresh cheese such as chevre is more perishable than harder cheeses and will go bad after about 7 days of being opened. It is pretty easy to figure out if fresh cheese has gone bad because it will taste of spoiled or sour milk. Harder cheeses will usually last for 3 to 4 weeks if stored properly. To store them properly they must be wrapped in cheese paper, wax or parchment paper to allow it to breathe. Cling wrap will trap in moisture and suffocate the cheese and will allow for bad mold to grow. If you see small dots of surface mold on harder cheese, it can be scraped off and will still be safe to consume. It won’t hurt you or change the flavor of the cheese and it’s better than just tossing it out!