Can cheese be eaten after the expiration date?
If you think about how cheese is made and aged, you might be more apt to believe it's the kind of food that doesn't always go bad after its expiration date. Even if there is a little mold growing, consuming "expired" cheese is perfectly safe — as long as you cut off the mold.
Milk should last 5 to 7 days after the sell by date, while cheeses can range up to two weeks after the sell by date for soft cheeses such as cream cheese or Brie. For harder cheeses such as cheddar or Romano, shelf life is anywhere from three to six months after the sell by date, if stored properly.
- A product will remain fresh and of good quality right up to the best-before date (and sometimes beyond), if it is properly stored, both at the store and at your home. It may still be safe to eat those foods after the 'best before' date, but they may have lost quality and some nutritional value.
- Expired Yogurt & Food Poisoning. There are a number of reports that say it's OK to eat expired yogurt, but if you're not careful, you risk foodborne illness eating yogurt past its prime. Contact your doctor immediately if you suspect food poisoning after eating expired yogurt.
- Eating food that has expired might not cause a serious illness such as food poisoning, but it might cause physical discomfort, such as an upset stomach that might or might not be accompanied by vomiting. Gas and bloating are additional symptoms that can occur if you eat expired food.
Unopened and refrigerated: Up to three weeks beyond the use-by date, depending on refrigeration temperature, or, according to some experts, up to 70 days after the production date. Unopened and frozen: Between four and six months after the use-by date. Thaw in refrigerator and use within seven to 28 days after opening.
- An unopened package of crumbled feta cheese will have a shelf life of about a week past the printed date. Once opened, crumbled feta will only last in the refrigerator around five days, regardless of the date printed on the package.
- Properly stored, an opened package of shredded mozzarella cheese will last for about 5 to 7 days in the refrigerator. Once the package is opened, consume or freeze the shredded mozzarella cheese within the time shown for refrigeration, even if the "Best By," "Best if Used By," or "Use By" date has not yet been reached.
- Throw away refrigerated cheese after three to four weeks. When blue cheese is kept in the refrigerator, it can last quite a while. Check the expiration date on your cheese -- in most cases, it will remain good for one to two weeks past the date. That typically means it will last in fridge for three to four weeks.
Soft Cheese Expiration Date
|Past Printed Date||Past Printed Date|
|Brie Cheese lasts for||1 Week||--|
|Mozzarella Cheese lasts for||1-2 Weeks||6 Months|
|Feta Cheese lasts for||1 Week||--|
- If freezing, place in freezer before time shown for refrigerator storage has elapsed. If freezing for longer than 2 months, overwrap original store packaging with airtight heavy-duty aluminum foil or freezer wrap or place the package inside a heavy-duty freezer bag in order to prevent freezer burn.
- Tip: Freezing Ricotta Changes Texture. Don't freeze it for more than six months. Thaw it in the refrigerator for a day or so. When thawed, there may be some liquid on top, which you should stir back into the cheese.
- Soft Cheese Expiration Date
(Unopened) Refrigerator Freezer Past Printed Date Past Printed Date Brie Cheese lasts for 1 Week -- Mozzarella Cheese lasts for 1-2 Weeks 6 Months Feta Cheese lasts for 1 Week --
Updated: 21st November 2019