Can I eat it, super old Costco cheese edition
February 21, 2017 5:42 PM   Subscribe

Costco brand Manchego cheese with sell by date of 10/25/2016. Still vacuum sealed, no visible spoilage. Sadly forgotten in the back of the fridge.

I wouldn't usually eat something that is four months past its sell-by date, but pristine looking hard cheese is an easy yes, right? It's a two pound block, completely unopened, and mmmm cheeeeese.
posted by insoluble uncertainty to Food & Drink (18 answers total)
 
I would definitely eat it.
posted by instamatic at 5:43 PM on February 21, 2017 [5 favorites]


Eat.
posted by procrastination at 5:43 PM on February 21, 2017 [5 favorites]


Eat it.
posted by fedward at 5:46 PM on February 21, 2017 [4 favorites]


Totally fine to eat.
posted by whitewall at 5:49 PM on February 21, 2017 [2 favorites]


Girl, it's cheese. Nature's gift to forgetful eaters. Go for it!
posted by phunniemee at 5:50 PM on February 21, 2017 [26 favorites]


Easy yes - eat it.
posted by DingoMutt at 5:52 PM on February 21, 2017 [2 favorites]


Hey, you got an aged cheese for the price of a younger brick. Score!
posted by rodlymight at 5:53 PM on February 21, 2017 [13 favorites]


Eat
posted by grouse at 5:55 PM on February 21, 2017 [2 favorites]


Absolutely eat. It's a fermented product! People pay big bucks for aged cheese.
posted by ClaireBear at 6:05 PM on February 21, 2017 [2 favorites]


I would inspect closely again for mold, then eat with a vengeance.
posted by Night_owl at 6:15 PM on February 21, 2017 [3 favorites]


eeeeeeaaaaaattttt.


I wish I had some manchego.
posted by lizifer at 6:35 PM on February 21, 2017 [2 favorites]


I used to take care of and sell cheese. I would open this, smell it, and feel it. If it doesn't smell like cat pee or feel slimy, I would taste it. If it tastes good, I would eat it.

Manchego, especially vacuum-sealed in its own little world, can take a fair amount of neglect and maltreatment. FWIW, it likely didn't actually age in its sealed-in-plastic state - it needs some air to do that properly. But it's also likely still perfectly good to eat, so...eat it!
posted by rtha at 6:39 PM on February 21, 2017 [16 favorites]


Dude, I wish I had a vacuum sealed block of Manchego from Costco with a sell by date of 10/25/2016 in my fridge right now. Tear that shit UP!
posted by nightrecordings at 6:46 PM on February 21, 2017 [7 favorites]


previously

Recent NPR story: "The labels, you see, don't mean what they appear to mean. Foods don't "expire." Most foods are safe to eat even after that "sell by" date has passed. They just may not taste as good, because they're not as fresh anymore. Companies use the labels to protect the reputation of their products – they want consumers to see and consume their food in as fresh a state as possible. But those dates often have the perverse effect of convincing over-cautious consumers to throw perfectly good food into the trash."
posted by bunderful at 7:44 PM on February 21, 2017


To increase tastiness potential, you might shave away the parts of the cheese that were in close contact with the plastic in case it has taken on some plasticine flavors.
posted by amanda at 5:06 AM on February 22, 2017 [2 favorites]


Agree with amanda: Lightly shave the outside just to be safe (which should lose you, what, a half an ounce of the two pounds?)
posted by Mr.Know-it-some at 5:56 AM on February 22, 2017


This is why we invented cheese! (Also, if you don't want it, send it to me, I'll eat it.)
posted by fiercecupcake at 6:49 AM on February 22, 2017


2016? Come on, that is if anything a fresh cheese. Of course eat it.
posted by Miko at 7:23 PM on February 22, 2017


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