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How long does cheese last?

How long cheese lasts varies depending on the type of cheese. Some cheeses such as parmesan have a long shelf life. The harder the cheese, the longer it keeps. This is because bacteria can’t grow as easily in a dry environment as it can in a moist environment. Soft cheeses such as cottage cheese and cream cheese have much shorter shelf lives.

It is often the case with cheese, (as with many foods) that it will taste at its best at a particularly time. Once that prime eating time has passed it doesn’t necessarily mean that it isn’t fit for human consumption. This can be particularly true of blue cheese and soft rind cheeses such as brie and camembert, as these cheeses ripen and mature the flavour will get stronger and sharper. This can lead to cheese which smells and tastes too pungent for some palates but may still be perfectly safe to eat.


Obviously, we really want to enjoy our cheese when it is at its best to get the most enjoyment out of eating it. Storing cheese properly will help to ensure it stays at its best. We recommend keeping your cheese refrigerated but taking it out before you intend to eat it. You will enjoy the full flavour of the cheese if it is at room temperature.

Once the cheese has been opened it will last longer if it is rewrapped, wrapping in waxed paper rather than cling film will help. Experts also recommend storing cheese in the salad compartment rather than the main fridge. It is worth noting that whole cheeses or blocks of cheese will last longer than cheese which has been sliced or grated.