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RICOTTA CHEESE, COMMERCIALLY PACKAGED — UNOPENED

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Blue Arrow Blue Arrow 3-5 days after date on container
Freezer Freezer
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Tips
  • How long does an unopened package of ricotta cheese last? The exact answer depends to a large extent on storage conditions — to maximize the shelf life of ricotta cheese, keep it refrigerated at all times.
  • How long does unopened ricotta cheese last after the “sell by” date or “best before” date? Ricotta cheese will generally keep for about 3 to 5 days after the "sell by" or “best before” date on the package, assuming it has been continuously refrigerated.
  • How long does ricotta cheese last at room temperature? If kept at temperatures above 40 °F, ricotta cheese will rapidly develop signs of spoilage; ricotta cheese should be discarded if left for more than 2 hours at room temperature.
  • To further extend the shelf life of opened ricotta cheese, freeze it: to freeze ricotta cheese, place inside covered airtight containers or heavy-duty freezer bags.
  • Frozen ricotta cheese may become crumbly and lose some of its flavor; the thawed ricotta cheese will be best suited to cooked dishes, such as sauces, soups and casseroles.
  • How long does ricotta cheese last in the freezer? Properly stored, it will maintain best quality for about 3 months, but will remain safe beyond that time.
  • The freezer time shown is for best quality only — ricotta cheese that has been kept constantly frozen at 0° F will keep safe indefinitely.
  • How long does ricotta cheese last after being frozen and thawed? Ricotta cheese that has been defrosted in the fridge can be kept for an additional 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator before using; ricotta cheese that was thawed in the microwave or in cold water should be used immediately.
  • When frozen ricotta cheese is thawed, there may be some liquid at the top of the container; simply stir it back into the cheese.
  • How can you tell if ricotta cheese is bad or spoiled? The best way is to smell and look at the ricotta cheese: if ricotta cheese turns yellow or develops an off odor or flavor, it should be discarded for quality purposes; if mold appears, discard the entire package.

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