Shelf Life of Powdered Parmesan Cheese?

I've been reading the posts on storing and keeping powdered parmesan and I feel it's too late for mine. My brother bought me a huge bag of parmesan from the Bulk Barn. I live alone and would never use this all in my life, but I guess he thought he was doing a good thing! (giggle) I am used to keeping the cheddar powder, like what comes in Kraft dinner, in my pantry, never having any problems, so I did the same with this. I put it in a plastic bag, in a tightly covered tin.


I found this tin the other day and wondered if it was still good, I've had it for some time now. Which brought me here, where I read it should be stored in the fridge, oh no! I'd hate to toss this, there are about 5 cups of the stuff! It still smells OK. Well, it stinks OK, but it seems to be a more yellow color than the white that comes in those shaker containers from the grocery store. Can someone tell me if it'd be OK to use it still, to keep it still, putting it in the fridge or should I toss?

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June 13, 20181 found this helpful
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Definitely toss it. Safely first.

We keep ours in a jar in the fridge. It keeps for a long time...up to a year without losing any flavor or color.


Freezing is an option, but frozen cheese won't be as esthetically pleasing when defrosted. It clumps and glumps up. It works in cooked dishes for flavor, but won't sprinkle nicely like the fresh or refrigerated.

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June 13, 20181 found this helpful

I would toss this one. In the future, put it in the freezer

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June 13, 20181 found this helpful

Sounds like it's better to toss it. You can keep them in the back of the fridge for months, or in a sealed freezer bag for a year in the freezer.

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June 14, 20181 found this helpful

I personally would toss out just encase.

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June 17, 20180 found this helpful

i agree with everyone and feel this is something to discard and remember to store in the refrigerator or freezer (in well sealed containers) in the future.


I would also think about storing the cheddar chess packets in the refrigerator also - just to be on the safe side.

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July 5, 20180 found this helpful

Thank you to everyone who answered my question. I have tossed it!

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