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If Your Cheese Is Moldy, This Is How To Tell If Its Safe

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Mold and cheese can be a very tricky thing to navigate. Especially since there are moldy cheeses that you can buy. So what about shredded cheese that has a bit of mold to it? Is it safe to eat? Let’s find out!

On paper, it makes a lot of sense: if molds are great with cheese, why not have any sort of cheese that forms mold? Ok, maybe it doesn’t make sense for everybody, but it’s just one of those weird things that I thought up in my mind with faulty logic. I’m not afraid to admit that I am wrong sometimes. Maybe even often. But I am very willing to learn and course-correct and that is my wish and hope for everybody else.

So, if we take already lovely blue & moldy cheese out of the equation, what should we do with all of the other cheeses? Well, the idea here is that there are many types of food mold out there, and not all of them are safe to eat or give your cheese a pleasant flavor. And they’re definitely not made in specialized caves.

Hard cheese is fine

The rule of thumb is this: when it comes to hard cheeses, it’s ok and perfectly safe to remove the mold-affected part (and about an inch or so around that), make sure there is nothing left that could hurt you and then you’re fine. The explanation is that mold has a visible part (the kind of creepy and fluffy and dark part you can see with your naked eye), but it also has an invisible part that can be spread to the other parts of the cheese. Because hard cheeses have a very dense texture, they are not affected by this. The mold is mostly where you see it.

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For hard and semi-hard cheeses, you can cut the moldy part without worrying about your health.

Semi-hard cheeses are also fine to cut around the ‘infected’ part. So your block of Cheddar and Camembert can still be saved if you operate!

This means that the types of cheese which are affected are softer, spongier varieties and shredded cheese. So how do you deal with all that?

The lifespan of shredded cheese

Soft and shredded cheese is unfortunately affected by the invisible mold, that means that it’s lifespan isn’t visible to the naked eye. How long does it keep? Well, it lasts for about 5 to 7 days in the refrigerator and then it’s done. You can throw it out. So please don’t let it go bad and have it as soon as possible.

It’s not just shredded Cheddar that is affected by mold. It’s any softer type of cheese, like cottage, ricotta. It’s also any kind of cheese that can be crumbled or you buy it ready-sliced, like grated parmesan. That doesn’t keep for more than a week either. And you can’t remove just the moldy part either. You have to throw it out completely.

The good news is that you can use shredded cheese as a topping for so many oven-based dishes and casseroles. And it will melt on top of your food and then be just the right bit of crunchy and creamy.

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Article by Ruxandra Grecu from So Delicious. View the original article here.

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The Terrifying Complications That Eating Moldy Bread Can Cause

I probably don’t have to do much to convince you to stay away from moldy bread, but if you did somehow get into the habit of being “OK” with eating that spotty, green and white bagel, there are some pretty scary effects.

Digg consulted with Professor of microbiology Randy Worobo, and he said that there are different types of mold that can latch on to your bread, and unless you’re a microbiologist, you can’t really tell which type is on your bread.

In some instances, the mold could be toxic enough to screw up your respiratory system. There is a house mold called stachybotrys that can stick to your bread, and if you ingest enough of it, your mouth, throat and nose can get irritated and can even make you go into shock.

Even sniffing the mold can lead you to inhale mold spores and screw up your respiratory system, according to NY Times.

Another terrible occurrence, if you decided to eat moldy bread on a regular basis, is cancer. There are certain molds that create mycotoxins which carry cancer-causing carcinogens. But don’t get too scared because that’s one of the least likely scenarios.

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Those are the absolute worst-case scenarios, though, and  Professor Worobo said that most of the time, the “risks are minimal.”

While you’re probably fine if you accidentally eat some moldy bread, keep an eye on it, and throw it the hell out if it looks remotely sketchy.

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This Is The Nasty Crap The FDA Allows In Your Food

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Opening a bag of pretzels can be harmless enough. You’d never think to find rat droppings, maggots, or mold in your salted snack. Turns out, no matter how disgusting these things sound, the Food and Drug Administration says it’s safe to eat.

Live Science found a booklet published by the FDA titled the Defect Levels Handbook. In it, the book lists more than 100 different foods and foreign things found in those foods. Among them include: rodent filth, maggots, fly eggs, grit, sand, cigarette butts, mold and grit.

Of course, the FDA doesn’t approve noticeable chunks of these nasty things in your food. Rather, the booklet lists acceptable levels of each item that’s allowed to be present in food. For example, wheat flour might contain microscopic amounts of rodent hair and excrement.

According to the FDA, it’s economically impractical to think you can grow or produce any kinds of foods without some bits of these “defect.” Yes, they’re officially referring to them as defects rather than hazardous waste materials.

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Gamer Mold Lets You Make Sweets in the Shape of Classic Controllers

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Every time we see a classic controller, the nostalgia feelings kick in. We remember waking up early on a Saturday morning, finishing the latest quest in Final Fantasy VII and spending our hard-earned GP at the Golden Saucer. The only thing better than recreating those memories would be doing so in cake form. Queue controller molds.

The silicone mold features three different controllers based off the classic Nintendo, Sony and Sega systems. It allows for two of each controller to be made at a single time. One can either create cakes with the molds, ice displays, or even pure melted chocolate ready to harden. The molds are yours to do with as you please.

The Classic Controller molds can be purchased at Think Geek for $10. They’re also dishwasher safe for you lazys.

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These Pop-Up Bread Cutters Will Turn Your Toast Into Cute 3D Animals

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Sandwiches bringing you down lately? As delicious as they can be, and trust us, we know, sometimes staring at a slab of bread before you bite into your lunch just doesn’t cut it. Lucky for you, and us, a Japanese company called Torune has decided to elevate the sandwich to new levels of cute and squee.

They created a series of bread cutters and molds, in panda, frog, and little bear face shapes. But this isn’t your regular old cool sandwich shape story. Nope, these cutters turn sandwiches into adorable pop-up figurines.

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After you cut your bread, using a little mold that’s literally as simple as a cookie cutter, you can tuck your sandwich to make its body stand up. It’s like the cutest little sandwich watchdog you never realized you needed. Or if you like, you can just cut out the mold and make tiny, animal shaped sandwiches. We won’t judge.

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Sandwich Molds, $13.50.
H/T + PicThx First We Feast

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Capri Sun’s New ‘Clear Bottom’ Pouches Help You Spot Mold Before You Drink

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Capri Sun, the everykid’s go-to spirit in the metallic blue pouch, also happens to be free of artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives. And while this would normally be a good thing, it also means the drink is notoriously susceptible to mold. Thanks to a nifty new packaging update, however, both kids and parents will be able to see the contents of the space-age juice bags before they come anywhere near their or their children’s precious mouths.

Beginning this month, Capri Sun is introducing a new clear-bottomed juice pack, along with a new tagline that lets folks know they can “See the goodness before it’s gulped.” According to Ad Age, the update came after about a year of development and plenty of concern from parents on social media over the safety of their children’s juice drinks.

“The level to which things are accentuated in social media, it really changed the way we wanted to engage with moms,” Greg Guidotti, a senior director at Kraft Foods, told Ad Age, “We’ve spent a lot of time speaking to the consumer-response groups. We want to offer empathy and offer it with transparency.”

Of course the mold, which develops from the normal process of fermentation due to Capri Sun’s preservative-free formula, is said to present little to no health risks if consumed. Still, better safe (and not totally grossed out) than sorry.

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Here’s an Unbelievably Easy Way to Make Ice Spheres

Finally, a fool-proof way to make giant ice balls, pause, in your freezer. Dreamed up by SuckUK (oh, come on, that’s just not fair), the silicone Frozen Pea mold features a simple design that captures water in sphere-shaped pods. Water is poured into an open seam along one side of the mold and from there, you can just pop the ice spheres into your drink.

Well, theoretically. The hope is that these frozen beauts will slide out of their pod unbroken, but hey, for $15 bucks, it’s worth a shot. 

Especially if that means you can end up doing this:

H/T Gizmodo

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These Geometric Molds Enhance Your Muffin Top

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I might be in the minority here, but I’m a full-fledged muffin top lover. They’re the best part of any muffin and if we’re all being honest here, the only part worth eating. Luckily, the folks behind these Bakeshape muffin toppers agree and created molds that enhance the treat’s extra spillage.

The quirky muffin molds come with six silicone tops, each in a fun shape to make your dessert look extra suave. The molds are easy to use: simply fill the bottom tin with batter, pop on a silicone top and let that sucker bake!

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The shapes also give your muffins little craters in the middle, making for the perfect spot to put jelly, icing or any other toppings you might fancy.

Bakeshapes Muffin Tin and Toppers, $21.99 @ThinkGeek

H/T Nerdalicious  + Picthx ThinkGeek