I have a Brie Cheese that has not been opened. It shows an expiration date that is 6 weeks ago. Is it still safe to eat?
Cheese is a durable food, and the date printed on it is more of a best-by date than an expiration date. While brie is rather soft (which is normally a problem because soft cheeses are more welcoming to bacteria), its colonisation by noble mold fills the ecological niche which would be otherwise claimed by pathogens. So, especially if you kept it in the fridge, eating it a few days or weeks after the date printed should not be a problem food safety wise.
As with most mold cheeses, you may find that it has overripened. Overripened mold cheese will have a gooey to liquid core and a somewhat funky smell. It is still safe to eat, but you must decide if the taste is still good enough for you.
I would eat it 6 months or more after the expiration date, and often do so, as I reside in England but stock up in good proper cheeses when I visit France.
if you are in doubt and feel safer with cooking... "sterilization", use your cheese in a baked dish such as pizza or lasagna.
I would say "yes!"I had a wheel of brie in the back of my fridge that I forgot about and it turned hard - and the rind had brown spots. I personally LOVE stinky cheese, and this did not disappoint! I nuked it for 30 seconds and I was bowled over by the ammonia cloud that hit me when I opened the door. Nonetheless, I let it sit for a minute and ate the solids ( this was a 70% fat cheese) I saved the fat to cook my eggs. As an alternative , you can grate it over a salad like parm ( I would cut the rind off though, it tends to be bitter with age)
Use by dates cause food (which is still edible) to be thrown away. I was brought up in the fifties. We always worked with one golden rule: 'if food looks alright and smells alright, it's fit and safe to eat. I still work off this rule today; and I have never had food poisoning.
Yes you certainly can. Brie is a robust cheese which has no problem aging a few months. I personally ignore use by dates on all cheese products. The older the better and dont worry about a small bit of mold either, just cut it off with the rind. I find use by dates a constant source of endless amusement. What do they think people did before the common body of sense was lost in all but name.