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How To Tell Bad Mold From Good Mold On Soft Cheeses
ByElias Nash
Many of the world's most popular cheeses would not exist without mold, as it enhances the cheese's flavor and aroma while dismantling curds to create a perfect creamy texture. Although mold deserves more respect than we give it, only some types of mold are welcome on our cheese, so we need to know how to distinguish the good from the bad.
Healthline recommends establishing a baseline immediately after you purchase cheese so you know what it should look and smell like when it comes to unwelcome varieties of mold. Keep your eyes and nose peeled for funky smells and slimy or fuzzy mold that appears pink and yellow.
While soft cheeses should be chucked immediately at these signs, harmful mold takes a while to penetrate hard cheese, allowing you time to cut off the moldy area and enjoy the preserved pieces. Although mold spores play a vital role in creating the flavor and texture of soft cheeses, they can carry harmful bacteria in soft cheeses.