Can this cheese be saved?
August 22, 2013 5:29 PM Subscribe
I just came home to find a box containing some lovely Asiago cheese, sitting in my mailbox. In Arizona, where the current temperature 101°F, and today's high was 109. It was shipped to me from Italy (straight from the town of Asiago!), about a week ago, so has spent several days in transit. This is not aged cheese, but semi-soft younger Asiago as is more common in Italy. It smelled ripe, but not unpleasant, and there was no mold or anything visible. Can I eat it? Will it kill me or make me sick? Is it likely to still taste good, even if it's technically edible? Is there anything special I can do to preserve whatever integrity of the cheese may be left?
posted by Superplin to Food & Drink (12 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
It was warm to the touch, not surprisingly, and there was some liquid in the sealed plastic packaging inside the box so I assume it melted a bit. It was a little soft, but I'm not sure exactly what the texture was like when it was fresh.
I drained the liquid and put the cheese in the refrigerator immediately, for whatever that's worth (possibly not much).
I'd really like to be able to enjoy this cheese, which was a very thoughtful gift, but obviously don't want to risk my health, safety, or delicate tastebuds.