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This question talks about feta cheese in a brine or milk bath lasting up to three months. What about crumbled feta?

I was looking through the fridge, and found a 1/2 pound open container of crumbled feta. I have only used about an ounce of it. There is no sign of mold on it, and it smells like feta cheese. A small sample tasted okay. The amazing thing is that I bought it in October or November: 8-10 months ago!

I have a recipe that calls for almost a 1/2 pound of feta, and I will be the only one eating it (so I'm not trying to impress anybody!).

I dislike wasting food, but I dislike being sick even more!

Is it safe to use dry crumbled feta that is so old?

  • Did you end up eating it? How did it turn out? – Nicholas Pipitone Mar 29 at 18:24
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I wouldn't claim to be an expert, nor would I want to give bad health advice. But generally, it's easy to tell if a cheese is still safe to eat - if, as you said, it doesn't have mold that isn't supposed to be there, and doesn't smell. If it were me, I'd eat it as long as it still has the same texture, color, and smell as it started with.

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No, feta does not last that long. Once it is out of the brine, you have to treat it as a perishable food.

  • But crumbled feta is often sold without the brine to start with... – Robert Jun 25 '16 at 16:47
  • @Robert I have never seen feta without brine sold without refrigeration, crumbled or not – rumtscho Jun 25 '16 at 16:48
  • Right, but the OP said it was in the fridge. – Robert Jun 25 '16 at 16:49
  • And perishable food lasts a few days to weeks in the fridge depending on what kind it is, but never a year. Feta tends to get maybe 10 days in the fridge when open and brineless. – rumtscho Jun 25 '16 at 16:49
  • The crumbled non-brined feta in my fridge is good till July 19, so about a month to go. We bought it about 3 or 4 weeks ago, and I doubt it came fresh from the factory at that point. – Robert Jun 25 '16 at 16:52
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Should be fine. You have seen no sign of change in the cheese. Remember, making cheese is a way of preserving milk. And feta is cured in brine -- salt is a further preservative.

  • Surely there's a difference between feta that's still in brine and feta that's sitting in a tub of air? – Catija Jun 23 '16 at 22:03
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According to eatbydate.com Feta Cheese should last a week past its printed date in the refrigerator unopened. The site suggests that soft cheeses do not have a long shelf life.

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Soft cheeses are the #1 cause listeria if not handled properly. Feta typically has a 5-7 day shelf life, once opened, no matter what the expire date says. I would not risk eating any soft cheese that has expired shelf life.

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