The one place you’re forgetting to check your bread for mold

Let’s say you want to put your sandwich bread to work. You’re used to checking for mold on the outside of your breads and hamburger buns, but there’s mold lurking in a spot you might not notice.

(And trust us…you don’t want to discover it too late.)

Look on the inside! You should be checking pre-cut breads for mold on the slice line, too.

When does mold grow on bread?

Your moldy bread thrives in a bright, humid, and hot environment, which allows the spores to multiply quickly. So unless you plan on eating your bread within a day or two, it’s best kept out of the sun, off the countertops, and in a cool, dry spot instead.

It usually takes five or so days for mold to grow, but you’ll want to take extra precautions for bread that’s fresh from the farmers market or baked at home. That type of loaf is made with fewer preservatives than the store-bought variety. It’s likely to grow something green faster than usual! Make sure you know these 13 foods you should never eat past the expiration date.

How can I protect my bread?

  • If you can, buy bread that isn’t pre-sliced. Pre-sliced bread has been exposed to more air, so it’s more likely to grow mold on the inside of your slices instead of just on the outside.
  • Store bread in a cool, dark place like a bread box or inside your fridge so it stays fresher longer. (We tested three storage methods—and this one kept bread the freshest.)
  • Tightly seal your bread bags so mold spores don’t have room to move around and multiply.

You might even keep your bread in the freezer, pulling out a slice or two to toast as needed. I’m also a fan of making homemade bread crumbs with day-old bread, buns and other bakery. Next, read up on these 11 foods that will never expire.

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Learn how long you can keep different types of cheese, how long you can freeze them, when moldy cheese is safe to eat and when mold is dangerous.

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What cheeses need to have mold?

While mold is typically a sign that food is no longer good, mold has also given us some of the most delicious cheeses. Mold is actually used in the process of making cheeses such as Camembert, Gorgonzola, Stilton, Brie and more. Some cheeses are actually injected with bacteria in order to help them grow mold.

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What moldy cheeses are ok to eat?

According to Eatingwell, hard cheeses like Asiago and Cheddar, which are made without mold, are ok to eat if you notice just a bit of mold. Simply cut out at least one inch around the mold without touching the mold with the knife, then keep eating that cheese!

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What moldy cheeses are ok to eat?

Hard cheeses that are actually made with mold such as Gorgonzola are also ok to eat if you spot some mold on the surface as long as you cut one inch around the mold. Bacteria spreads slowly on hard cheeses.

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What moldy cheeses should you throw away immediately?

Non-hard cheeses made with mold such as Brie and soft blue cheeses should be tossed when moldy, since bacteria spreads swiftly through softer cheeses.

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What moldy cheeses should you throw away immediately?

Soft cheeses such as cottage cheese and cream cheese are not safe to eat if you spy some mold.

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What moldy cheeses should you throw away immediately?

Do not eat crumbled, shredded or sliced cheeses if you see any mold on them.

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How long does cheese last?

The simple answer is that it depends on the type. Unopened hard cheeses can last from between one month and four months past their printed date, but opened hard cheeses only last two to six weeks past their printed date. A chunk of Parmesan, Asiago or Romano will last the longest while sliced semi-hard cheeses must be tossed much more quickly.

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How can I tell if old cheese is ok to eat?

There really isn't a clear-cut way to determine whether cheese is bad, and ultimately you'll need to rely on your senses. Cheese always has a bit of a funny smell; take a big whiff when you purchase it fresh so you can tell later if it's good bad-smelling cheese or bad bad-smelling cheese. Sometimes, an ammonia-like smell is a sign of spoiled cheese.

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How can I tell if old cheese is ok to eat?

For naturally moldy cheese like blue cheese, do a color check on the cream or white parts of the cheese. If they have discolored to pink, green, brown or an unusual yellow, these could be signs of cheese past its prime.

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How can I tell if old cheese is ok to eat?

Taste it! Sometimes the only way to find out is to take a nibble. If it tastes sour or unpleasant, you've got the green light to toss it.

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Can you freeze cheese?

Believe it or not, cheese will freeze! In the freezer, any hard or semi hard cheese, whether shredded, sliced or in full, will last around six to eight months after its printed date.

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Does it still taste good after freezing?

While freezing keeps cheese fresh longer, it may also significantly change its texture and taste. Defrosted cheese may fall apart and taste dry, so it's important to let frozen cheese thaw slowly in the fridge before cooking with it.

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How should you never store cheese?

Never store cheese in plastic wrap alone! It reduces the flavor of cheeses and can potentially make your cheese actually taste like plastic wrap!

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How should I wrap cheese to store it?

The best way to wrap cheese is with cheese paper, which has a paper outer surface and a waxy inner surface. Your next best bet is to wrap cheese first in parchment paper and then in plastic wrap to protect its moisture content.

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Where should I not store cheese in the fridge?

Avoid storing cheese near the freezer compartment or in the meat bin, or you may run the risk of unintentionally freezing the cheese.

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What's the best way to store cheese?

Cheese is best stored at a temperature range between 35 and 45 degrees Fahrenheit and in high humidity. The American Cheese Society recommends the bottom vegetable and fruit bin of your refrigerator, which tends to be the warmest part.

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What's the best way to store cheese?

Another great way to store cheese is to designate a large plastic storage container in your refrigerator for all of your cheese. Serious cheese aficionados may want to have separate containers for different types of cheese to keep milder cheeses from picking up flavors.

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What kind of cheese needs to be stored separately?

Blue cheeses like Roquefort, Gorgonzola and Stilton, aged brick cheese and washed rind cheese like Limburger and Camembert are varieties of cheese that emit strong odors. It's important to store these varieties in separate air-tight containers to prevent their aroma from permeating other foods.

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Best Tip For Buying Cheese

Rather than purchase in bulk, it's ideal to buy enough cheese to consume in one to two sittings. Buying smaller amounts more frequently means you won't have to worry about storing it, avoiding that whole situation where you've discovered long-forgotten cheese in the corner of the fridge and are wondering if it's still ok to eat.

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