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BLUE CHEESE CRUMBLES, COMMERCIALLY PACKAGED — UNOPENED PACKAGE

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  • How long does an unopened package of blue cheese crumbles last in the fridge? The exact answer to that question depends to a large extent on storage conditions - keep blue cheese crumbles refrigerated at all times.
  • To maximize the shelf life of blue cheese crumbles, do not open the package until ready to use.
  • Properly stored, an unopened package of blue cheese crumbles will last for about 1 week after the “Sell By” or “Best By” date on the package.
  • How long can blue cheese crumbles be left at room temperature? Bacteria grow rapidly at temperatures between 40 °F and 140 °F; blue cheese crumbles should be discarded if left out for more than 2 hours at room temperature.
  • To further extend the shelf life of unopened blue cheese crumbles, freeze; when freezing, place blue cheese crumbles in the freezer before the number of days shown for refrigerator storage has elapsed.
  • Frozen blue cheese may lose some of its texture and flavor; the thawed cheese will be best suited to cooked dishes, such as sauces, soups and casseroles.
  • To freeze blue cheese crumbles, tightly seal original packaging and place in freezer; if freezing for longer than 2 months, place package inside a heavy-duty freezer bag in order to prevent freezer burn.
  • How long do blue cheese crumbles last in the freezer? Properly stored, blue cheese crumbles will maintain best quality for about 8 months, but will remain safe beyond that time.
  • The freezer time shown is for best quality only - blue cheese crumbles that has been kept constantly frozen at 0°F will keep safe indefinitely.
  • How can you tell if blue cheese crumbles are bad or spoiled? The best way is to smell and look at the cheese: if cheese develops an off odor, flavor or appearance, it should be discarded; if mold appears, discard all of the blue cheese crumbles.

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