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It is my understanding that Laughing Cow Cheese (cheese spread in foil wedges packed in a cardboard wheel) is shelf stable. However, most grocery stores sell it refrigerated, I guess so consumers can find it. I"d like to confirm that it is shelf stable and how long you think it would last on the shelf? We frequently buy this product and the most recent package we have has a best by date of 07/14, so roughly 18 months from purchase. Also, the package says to refrigerate after purchase, I"m not sure what that"s about. Ingredients: , whey, water, sodium phosphate and sodium polyphosphate, sodium citrate, citric acid.
It is my understanding that Laughing Cow Cheese (cheese spread in foil wedges packed in a cardboard wheel) is shelf stable. However, most grocery stores sell it refrigerated, I guess so consumers can find it. I"d like to confirm that it is shelf stable and how long you think it would last on the shelf? We frequently buy this product and the most recent package we have has a best by date of 07/14, so roughly 18 months from purchase. Also, the package says to refrigerate after purchase, I"m not sure what that"s about. Ingredients: , whey, water, sodium phosphate and sodium polyphosphate, sodium citrate, citric acid.
That brand always reminded me of mad cow disease,Laughing cow?Anyhow, check the sell by date, It"s dairy and you don"t understand you need to keep it refrigerated for it to last that long?
If you want LTS for cheese google "canning cheese" or try http://preparedness365.blogspot.com/2011/04/canning-cheese.html.
Anyhow, check the sell by date, It"s dairy and you don"t understand you need to keep it refrigerated for it to last that long?
The product can sometimes be found on regular, non refrigerated shelves (like velveta). So what I don"t understand is why the product says to refrigerate after purchase (vs after opening- yes, that I understand). Anyway, that wasnt really my question.My family likes this product, and if it is indeed shelf stable and if it would still be okay past the "best by" date then perhaps I will consider stocking up.
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Contact them. Tell them you"re buying on sale for a camping trip or something. Ask them how long unrefridgerated.
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On their website they specifically say it should only be left unrefrigerated for 2-4 hours before being eaten. I"ve never seen it sold not refrigerated here.I send it in my kids lunches sometimes and the odd time I"ve gotten one back unopened it"s been starting to get pretty pungent after 7-8 hours.

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Well, I am not finding much for length of time past the best by date. Just some stories of people finding them in the fridge 2 years past date. Their website "used" to say 39 weeks. I also checked some of their European websites and it does not need to be refrigerated at least until the best by date. (As in store below 68F). The issue is, this is a processed cheese product. It is pasteurized and loaded with preservatives. It won"t behave like hard cheeses will in storage. With pure cheese, you are at little risk of food born illness as there are active enzymes and cultures that prohibit nasties, even if it gets moldy. They may become unpalatable or inedible but, not dangerous.Predicting shelf life of this product is next to impossible. You could store one in a cool, dark place and check it in a year or five. Like other pasteurized dairy products, it will rot in an obvious fashion and you wouldn"t dare eat it, if it were to turn. And not being real cheese, mold is bad. IMO, I wouldn"t mess around with it. Although we buy it from time to time, it is not worth the effort to even figure out the shelf life. If it gets so bad where I can"t buy it, we will just make our own flavored soft cheese spreads. (Then again, it would be fun to put a pack or two in storage, just for fun.)Sorry, I could be of more specific.