Most people love brie cheese for its creamy mild flavor. Some people stock up on it, which eventually causes to ask this one basic question, “Does brie cheese go bad?” The straightforward answer is yes, it does. Obviously, its shelf life depends on how you store it, hence it’s important to learn a bit about both storage and shelf life of this cheese. Knowing when it has spoiled is quite useful too, so we will cover that as well.
How is brie cheese produced?
One of the softest creamiest cheeses made is brie cheese. It is produced from raw cow’s milk by adding in rennet and slowly heating the ingredients together until curd forms. After, the cheese curds are pressed into molds, which are then left for a day, so all the liquids can drain from the curds properly to form a solid block of soft cheese. Then, the cheese is removed from the molds, salted and inoculated with cheese molds to help protect it during the aging process, which least between 4 to 5 weeks and sometimes even months or years depending on the type of flavor that is desired to be achieved.
What’s the shelf life and how to store brie cheese?
Once brie cheese is open from its inoculating casing it spoils quickly. This is because the cheese contains high amounts of fat. As soon as you open brie cheese from the casing, you have about a week to eat it up before it spoils. You should always store an open case of brie cheese in the refrigerator in a sealed container so it does not dry out or become crumbly. Even a sealing freezer bag will work too for keeping your brie cheese fresh in the refrigerator. However, if you have an unopened case of brie cheese in your refrigerator it will stay fresh up until the expiration date. After that, it is best to toss it out and just purchase fresh brie cheese to reduce your risks of receiving food poisoning from eating it.
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If you have purchased brie cheese in bulk and it is still in its original packaging unopened, you can place the wheels or slices of packaged cheese in freezer bags and store it away in the freezer where it will stay fresh for up to 6-months. It is important to know that any brie cheese you freeze will dry out and change in texture. That makes it only useful for cooking or baking purposes and not just eating as is with fresh pieces of fruit for a savory sweet snack. It is also essential that you do not try to defrost brie cheese, but shredded it with a grater in its frozen state because defrosting it will turn it rubbery and mushy making it difficult to use.
How to tell if brie cheese has one bad?
If you are unsure, if the cheese is good or not always check for molding, extreme change in texture and any pungent souring odors coming from it. If it does, it is once again time to toss the cheese out and purchase fresh cheese to eat.
Things to Keep in Mind for Brie Cheese
Remember, brie cheese is best fresh the day you purchase it. Therefore, the day you get it, open it up and enjoy it as it is or warm it up slightly in the oven at 350-degrees for 10-minutes and serve it up with fresh fruit and crackers for a sweet and savory snack.
Trying to preserve the flavor, texture and richness of the cheese after opening its packaging is difficult to do. It is always best to purchase the exact amount of brie cheese you know you can eat up quickly so you can thoroughly enjoy its goodness.
If you must try to preserve and extend the shelf life of an open package of brie cheese, make sure you store it in an airtight bag or sealable container in the refrigerator for no more than a week as we just talked about. Freezing brie cheese should be avoided when possible since once again it does drastically change the flavor and texture of it.