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MOZZARELLA CHEESE — SLICED AT GROCERY DELI COUNTER

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Blue Arrow Blue Arrow 2-3 weeks
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Tips
  • How long does sliced Mozzarella deli cheese last? The exact answer to that question depends to a large extent on storage conditions — after purchasing from the deli, keep sliced Mozzarella deli cheese refrigerated at all times.
  • How long does sliced Mozzarella deli cheese last after the sell-by date? After sliced Mozzarella deli cheese is purchased from the deli, it may be refrigerated for 2 to 3 weeks — the "sell-by" date on the package may expire during that storage period, but the cheese will remain safe to use after the sell by date if it has been properly stored.
  • Unopened sliced Mozzarella deli cheese may be kept in its original store deli packaging when refrigerating; to maximize the shelf life of the cheese, do not open the package until ready to use.
  • To further extend the shelf life of sliced Mozzarella deli cheese, freeze; when freezing, place the cheese in the freezer before the number of days shown for refrigerator storage has elapsed.
  • You can maximize the shelf life of sliced Mozzarella deli cheese in the freezer by wrapping the sliced cheese tightly in heavy-duty aluminum foil or plastic freezer wrap or place in heavy-duty freezer bags.
  • How long does sliced Mozzarella deli cheese last in the freezer? Properly stored, it will maintain best quality for 2 months, but will remain safe beyond that time.
  • The freezer time shown is for best quality only — Mozzarella deli cheese that has been kept constantly frozen at 0° F will keep safe indefinitely.
  • How long does sliced Mozzarella deli cheese last after being frozen and thawed? Sliced Mozzarella deli cheese that has been defrosted can be kept for an additional 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator before using; for best results, thaw cheese in the refrigerator.
  • Frozen cheese may become crumbly and lose some of its flavor; the thawed slice Mozzarella deli cheese will be best suited to cooked dishes, such as sauces, soups and casseroles.
  • How can you tell if sliced Mozzarella deli cheese is 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 sliced Mozzarella deli cheese.

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