How long will cheese last vaccum sealed in Refrigerator?

Discussion in 'Cheese' started by duanes, Apr 22, 2011.

  1. duanes

    duanes Smoke Blower SMF Premier Member

    I looked on the forum regarding my question and only found discussions on freezing the cheese.  I assume that depending on the type of cheese it will vary, but is there a rough idea of how long the cheese will keep refrigerated (at proper temp of course) ?
     
  2. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    A lot longer than it will be there. 

    Unless you smoke a couple tons it won't last long enough to go bad...
     
  3. les3176

    les3176 Master of the Pit

    I've had vaccum smoked cheese in the fridge last about 4 weeks,it may have lasted longer but.....it was too good!!!
     
  4. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    I have some thats over a year old in the fridge , not the freezer. I double seal both ends. 
     
  5. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Like beer says you will probably eat it before it goes bad. The longest I've had it in the fridge was 4 months & it was fine.
     
  6. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    The life expectancy of smoked cheese in the fridge is inversely proportional to the number of people who know it is there.

    Good luck and good smoking!
     
  7. boykjo

    boykjo Sausage maker Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

     
  8. adiochiro3

    adiochiro3 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    That's like asking, "How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop?  The world may never know...."

    [​IMG]

    But if I had to guess, no less than 6 months.  But the only reason I could think of that would allow it to last that long is if somebody forgot it was there and buried it under some rutabagas or turnips that never get disturbed.
     
  9. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Hmmm---Never thought of that!

    Bear


    That has to be the best answer of all !

    Bear

    I don't think I had any in the fridge longer that 3 months---they were fine.

    I froze some one time---it got crumbly---Never again!

    Bear
     
  10. fife

    fife Master of the Pit

    Good Luck
     
  11. ellymae

    ellymae Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I double seal both ends of everything I vacume pack - it's worth the extra space.
     
  12. But the only reason I could think of that would allow it to last that long is if somebody forgot it was there and buried it under some rutabagas or turnips that never get disturbed.



    Man!!!  Why don't you go ahead and tell the dog where I hide her chicken jerky treats and the kids that they share more features with the postman than with daddy!!!  Geez, now I gotta' smoke rutabagas as an excuse for them being in there and find enough brussell sprouts to bury 2 lbs of cheese.
     
    Last edited: Apr 24, 2011
  13. tommerr

    tommerr Fire Starter

    This thread convinced me to buy a vacuum sealer. I hear that smoked foods last a lot longer in the freezer when sealed this way. It sounds like air is the culpret. Now all I need is time, money, a freezer and food.
     
  14. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member


    Here's a bunch of them. Just got this sale bulletin two days ago:

    http://www.foodsaver.com/Category.a...AAA&utm_campaign=21FEAAA&utm_source=FS+MENUVS

    I got the V3485, and I love it.  Much better than the one I had previously, but I thought I paid under $100 for it on a big Food-Saver sale.

    Bear
     
  15. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★


    Bear, We freeze cheese all the time. It never gets crumbly for us. Maybe it was the kind of cheese you froze. 
     
  16. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member


    The only one that didn't get crumbly was the Mozz'.

    The others were various Jacks.

    Hmmm-wonder what else it could have been---My freezer is always at " 0˚ "---too cold?

    Bear
     
  17. And here's one for the budget minded (today only - 4/24/11) http://sellout.woot.com/

    17.99 - I've got one of these and it works great.
     
  18. tommerr

    tommerr Fire Starter

    I picked up the 3440 for $93 on Amazon. The FoodSaver link has them listed for $155. I have picked up on many threads here that vacuum sealing, before freezing, does great things for longer term storage. I have destroyed good food because of freezer burn. One of my primary reasons for smoking will be sausage. I hear that nitrites are not needed if sausages are smoked, vacuum sealed and then frozen. I am going to the n'th degree for sausages because all of the commercial foods like sausages, cold cuts and ham have preservatives which make me ill. Preservatives are by nature poisons. Smoked cheese is a life long favorite so I fully intend to journey down that road. Long live smoked cheese!    
     
  19. tommerr

    tommerr Fire Starter

    I did notice that a roll of bag material was $25. Does anyone have a source at a better price?
     
  20. duanes

    duanes Smoke Blower SMF Premier Member

    I got a friendly PM where I got a great deal on a sealer and was given this link http://www.thesweetattack.com/page/page/2380629.htm .  I shopped around online and they were the cheapest I could find so I bought a couple of rolls.  I have been using them and they are working fine.
     

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