What cheeses have the longest shelf life?

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Aren't there some types that have an incredibley long shelf life?


-- Penda Zone (PendaZ@excite.com), July 31, 1999


Limburger blue cheese has a real long shelf life, because it is already rotten when placed for sale in the store!

-- freddie (freddie@thefreeloader.com), August 01, 1999.

Penda, the driest cheeses have the longest shelf life. Parmesan, hard and crumbly cheddar, dry jack, etc. If you are looking for something that will slice for a cracker or sandwich, that cheese doesn't last as long. However, even if the cheese starts to mold, you can always cut the mold off and eat the rest. If it gets really moldy it will change the taste of the "clean" part, but it's still edible. (knowledge gained from refrigerator experiments)

I collect canned cheddar that is cured hard and semi-dry, and that stuff can last years if unopened and kept cool through hot summers. I'm setting aside a couple small blocks of cheddar just in the wax, but most of my cheese stash will be in cans.

Hope I didn't repeat too much of what you may already know?

-- Margaret (janssm@aol.com), August 01, 1999.

Agreed. In general, the harder the cheese, the longer it will last. Try to get blocks of parmesian or similar cheese, if it isn't canned.

-- Mad Monk (madmonk@hawaiian.net), August 01, 1999.


Where do you get hard canned cheddar? Can it be sliced for sandwiches?

-- Sylvia (bluebirdms@aol.com), August 01, 1999.

you can also wax cheese to keep almost forever!! eddy

-- eddy (xxx@xxx.com), August 04, 1999.

Does anyone know about cheeses stored in brine, such as feta?

-- flora (***@__._), August 04, 1999.

From: Y2K, ` la Carte by Dancr near Monterey, California

Here is an earlier thread about cheese that may be of interest to you.

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-- Dancr (addy.available@my.webpage.neener.autospammers--regrets.greenspun), August 06, 1999.

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