How Long Does Feta Cheese in Brine Last Once Opened?


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4-6 weeks
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3-6 months (best quality)


Shelf Life Tips

  • How long does an opened package of feta cheese in brine last in the fridge? The exact answer to that question depends to a large extent on storage conditions - keep feta cheese in brine refrigerated at all times.
  • To maximize the shelf life of feta cheese in brine after opening, keep the feta covered in brine; if additional brine is needed, mix one pound of salt (preferably kosher) with one gallon of water.
  • Properly stored, an opened package of feta cheese in brine will last for about 4 to 6 weeks in the refrigerator.
  • How long can feta cheese in brine be left at room temperature? Bacteria grow rapidly at temperatures between 40 °F and 140 °F; feta cheese in brine should be discarded if left out for more than 2 hours at room temperature.
  • To further extend the shelf life of opened feta cheese in brine, freeze it: Drain feta and wrap tightly in plastic freezer wrap or place in heavy-duty freezer bag.
  • Frozen feta cheese may lose some of its texture and flavor; the thawed cheese will be best suited to cooked dishes, such as sauces, soups and casseroles.
  • How long does feta last in the freezer? Properly stored, it will maintain best quality for about 6 months, but will remain safe beyond that time.
  • The freezer time shown is for best quality only - feta cheese that has been kept constantly frozen at 0°F will keep safe indefinitely.
  • How can you tell if feta 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 feta cheese in brine.

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