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Old 01-10-2007, 11:15 AM   #1
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Mold on cheese - Do you cut it out or trash the whole thing?

OK, I think I know what you are going to say, but just let me put it on the table for discussion.

Say you look in the fridge and pull out the tupperware container with a block of cheddar cheese in it. There is a spot or two of the familiar green and beige mold. Ummm.

Do you cut it off and eat the cheese, or do you utter some invective and throw it out?

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Old 01-10-2007, 11:16 AM   #2
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With a harder cheese such as cheddar, you can remove the "discolorations" and eat the rest. I have done that.

With softer cheeses, that's not such a good idea.
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Old 01-10-2007, 11:25 AM   #3
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Like Andy said, hard cheeses you can do it, but you need to cut the mold out the right way. You need to cut a certain amount (I forgot how much, 1/4 inch at least maybe) and make sure the knife does not touch any of the mold.

With soft cheeses you should throw it out.

That being said, I usually toss it if it is moldy even if it is a hard cheese. the thought of eating it just grosses me out too much. Cheese does not last long in my house though so it usually does not have a chance to get to that point.
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If it's a hard cheese I cut the mold off & eat or use the rest of it, depending on how much mold is there. If it's a lot, I throw it out. But yeah, I do throw out soft cheeses if they have mold on them.
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Old 01-10-2007, 11:33 AM   #5
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Soft cheeses, I give in and toss, but never hard cheese if I can even get a little piece away from the mold.

What did you think everyone would say????
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With soft cheeses you should throw it out.
NO!!! I am NOT tossing out my gorgonzola!! I am gonna eat the whole thing!!

Anyway, with firm cheeses, if you cut away the suspicious portion, it is perfectly fine, we regularly do it... unless the case is so extreme that the entire surface is covered with the green stuff...unfortunately we have allowed a few poor left over pieces that got pushed over behind everything in the fridge get to that state, then... not much can be done..
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Old 01-10-2007, 11:52 AM   #7
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cut it off and eat it
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Old 01-10-2007, 12:05 PM   #8
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I am a cut n' eater too.
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Old 01-10-2007, 12:11 PM   #9
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I cut and eat too; if I am in doubt as to how soon it will be used up though, I will shred the rest that was saved from the mold and freeze it for a later date.
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Old 01-10-2007, 01:05 PM   #10
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I cut it off, making sure it hasn't also tunnelled a bit further into the cheese. I cut it off of soft cheeses also. And blues.

But it doesn't happen too often because I vac seal my cheeses.
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