Is there any way to determine the moisture content of cheeses based on the label?

Asked September 5, 2014, 11:19 AM EDT

Is there any way to determine the moisture content of cheeses based on the label? Per the Oregon State Food code cheese of a certain moisture content require date marking for 7 days (I believe it's 30%). I'm trying to determine if Goat cheese is perishable and should be refrigerated and date marked.

Deschutes County Oregon

1 Response

Goat cheeses can have different moisture contents. 30% moisture is very low and it is likely higher than that. If the goat cheese is a common type such as cheddar or chevre, then you can use the USDA nutrition data base to look up the moisture content: http://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/search/list Goat cheese should be refrigerated and there should be a sell by or use by date on the package. I have never seen a goat cheese with only 7 days shelf-life. It's likely to be much longer.