Author Topic: sliced sharp cheddar storage  (Read 1207 times)

Offline mondo

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sliced sharp cheddar storage
« on: March 29, 2009, 11:29:36 PM »
I've recently been buying sliced sharp cheddar from the deli dept. (It's sliced from bulk) after 5 or 6 days I've notice what almost looks like "salt"? all over the slices. Is this truly salt or is it some type of mold growing on the cheese. I keep it in the refrigerator in a ziplock bag. I'm wondering if it is still safe to eat. Can somebody educate me please?


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Offline mako

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Re: sliced sharp cheddar storage
« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2009, 05:21:06 AM »
Those sound like Calcium Lactate. They're crystals caused by the lactic acid coming out of solution. If that is, in fact, what they are, they're not harmful, and viewed as a sign of quality in some cheeses.

Ah. Here's a better link, from the glossary here: http://cheeseforum.org/Glossary.htm#Calcium_Lactate_Crystals

Offline Wayne Harris

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Re: sliced sharp cheddar storage
« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2009, 06:47:20 AM »
I think you can actually see some in this thread
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