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BRIE CHEESE, SOLD IN WRAPPED WEDGE - UNOPENED OR OPENED

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1 week
Freezer
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3 months

Tips

  • How long does a wedge of Brie cheese last? The exact answer to that question depends to a large extent on storage conditions - keep the cheese refrigerated at all times.
  • To maximize the shelf life of a wedge of Brie cheese after opening, wrap the original packaging tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil; for even better results, wrap the cheese first in wax or parchment paper and then cover with plastic wrap before refrigerating.
  • Properly stored, a wedge of Brie cheese will last about 1 week in the refrigerator.
  • If a wedge of Brie cheese has mold on it, is it still safe to eat? If mold that was not a normal part of the manufacturing process appears on the Brie cheese, discard it entirely.
  • To further extend the shelf life of Brie cheese, freeze it; when freezing, place the cheese in the freezer before the number of days shown for refrigerator storage has elapsed.
  • Frozen cheese may become crumbly and lose some of its flavor; the thawed Brie cheese will be best suited to cooked dishes, such as sauces, soups and casseroles.
  • To freeze a wedge or block of Brie cheese: Cut the cheese into portions no larger than 1/2 pound each, and wrap tightly in heavy-duty aluminum foil or plastic freezer wrap, or place inside a heavy-duty freezer bag.
  • How long does a wedge of Brie cheese last in the freezer? Properly stored, it will maintain best quality for about 3 months, but will remain safe beyond that time.
  • The freezer time shown is for best quality only - Brie cheese that has been kept constantly frozen at 0°F will keep safe indefinitely.
  • How long does a wedge of Brie cheese last after being frozen and thawed? A wedge of Brie cheese that has been defrosted in the fridge can be kept for an additional 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator before using; a wedge of Brie cheese that was thawed in the microwave or in cold water should be used immediately.
  • How can you tell if a wedge of Brie cheese is bad or spoiled? Brie cheese that is going bad typically will develop a hard texture around the edges, darken in color and develop an off smell; if mold that was not a normal part of the manufacturing process appears on the Brie cheese, discard it entirely.

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