The Amish Cook from Oasis Newsfeatures

Unpleased With Cheese....

Okay, this is off topic from Amish stuff....except that something like this might make me want to become Amish so I could make my own cheese.  Blech... This a package of Kraft "Deli Fresh" sharp cheddar singles that Rachel and I bought at our local supermarket a few days ago.  The expiration date on the package is November 10, 2010....um...so what the heck happened to this cheese that made it go moldy before it was ever even opened??  The package WAS sealed, Rachel discovered the mold only after opening the package last night, so it's not like we left it unopened somewhere....I don't know much about the commercial cheese-making process but I definitely think I'll be going to E & S Bulk Foods in Shipshewana and buying only freshly made Amish cheese.  Ewwww..the top photo is the package and the bottom one is the "Frankenstein Cheese" that the package contained....Anyone else have any food horror stories like this? Of course, I understand if the product was past it's posted date, but this was two months before....

Re: Unpleased With Cheese....

I once found a human fingernail in a box of hamburger helper, does that count as gross????

Re: Unpleased With Cheese....

Ugh..okay, I'll take the mold....

Re: Unpleased With Cheese....

We are always returning products to the store for various freshness issues.  That's our hard earned dollars going to waste if it just ends up in our trash.  I have to be quite careful about mold, as I have allergies to mold.  I think it's gross, and annoying, knowing that you have to make another trip to the store!  We buy our perishables at a locally owned market. They aren't perfect but do a much better job than the chain markets. I am a little OCD about food handling and safety.    

Re: Unpleased With Cheese....

It is most likely mis-handled from the manufactuer to the store shelf. Some unethical merchants will erase sell by dates with alcohol and change them. I have seen this done! As the old saying goes.."let the buyer beware"!!

Roz Winter's picture

Re: Unpleased With Cheese....

I think the problem with shop bought stuff sometimes is that it isn't stored correctly while with being transported to the shop or while waiting to be stocked in the shop. So it could have been sitting somewhere in a higher temp for too long before it was placed in the fridge, so bacteria got a chance to grow. One thing that drives me mad every week is how fast the fruit I buy goes off. I mean I'm not expecting it to last for weeks, but a few days would be good.

Re: Unpleased With Cheese....

I recall having been on a tour of a cheese processing facility and they addressed the mold issue by saying that dipping a small sharp knife in equal parts vinegar and water after each scrape of the knife until the mold is cleared away completely. The vinegar takes care of any spores that could be lingering on the blade and at the same time a certain amount will linger on the blade for the next scrape that will zap some of the mold as it is being removed. AND THAT IT IS PERFECTLY SAFE FOR CONSUMPTION

 

FYI

baire702's picture

Re: Unpleased With Cheese....

I didn't mean to criticize. Being an avid dumpster diver, I come across cheese like this frequently. I just cut off the mold and put into whatever Lovina receipt I am making.

blessings,

Caryl

baire702's picture

Re: Cheese Horror...

Horror? How is mold a horror? hummmm. just cut off the mold and chow down! Or better yet, grate it into some homemade macaroni and cheese.

blessings,

Caryl

Re: Cheese Horror...

Caryl, you are right...medicinal mold has been a building block of medical science..."horror" was a little harsh, so I changed the titleSmile

Re: Cheese Horror...

Ewwww... Hate it when that happens.  The hubby and son both had cereal bowls of bugs the other day.  Have issues with bugs getting into flour products. UGH.  Needless to say they skipped breakfast after that.  Not the manufactor problem there...just lovely country living.

Re: Cheese Horror...

I will be getting my supply of cheese next week at Heini's Cheese and Troyer's  in Holmes County.

Re: Cheese Horror...

As a matter of fact, I just encountered a problem with an acorn squash I had planned to serve with dinner tonight. I just bought it within the past week at my local grocery and they usually seem to last "forever". When I looked at it today, it already had soft spots and it was moldy under the cooking instructions sticker they had placed on it, and a few other places, too. I will be replacing it today!