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