Can asiago cheese go bad? Of course it can. Asiago like many other hard cheeses, it will go bad if left out for too long. It is a dairy product which already aged for months or years before sold. Ordered in bulk cheese wheel, the asiago cheese that you bought at the deli will normally have a short best-by date that only last for a few good weeks max. In fact, the storage condition actually play a big part in it – make sure that it’s clean and refrigerated at all time.
Once exposed or cut with an uncleaned knife, the cheese will tend to go bad in a matter of days. While for those unopened chunked/sliced/shredded packaged of asiago, it will have a better shelf life which can last anywhere from 6 months to a couple of years.
How long can you keep?
The duration for storing the cheese varied. Unlike brie, asiago is hard cheese with low moisture. Therefore in most ideal situation, the cheese block will remain safe to use in about 2-5 weeks. You will usually be fine if there isn’t any weird taste, mold dots or smell off. The rule of thumb is always to use the stored cheese for cooked dishes, such as soup. Use only the fresh cheese for sprinkles.
Does it need to be refrigerated? Yes, it needs to be refrigerated if you do not plan to use them right away.
How can you tell if it’s spoiled?
The contaminated cheese can sometimes be hard to spot. Some were obvious with white fluffy stuff. If you happened to notice the spoiled one, that’s covered in mold, do remove the whole package altogether to avoid risking food poisoning. Otherwise, if the contaminated is mild, cut with a cleaned knife at least 1 inch below the area and don’t cross contaminate the clean. Make sure only use the cheese in cooked.
Sometimes the cheese may dried out. But it’s actually good to use.