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    Default Is there any type of cheese good on the trail

    I am sick of peanut butter for lunch. I do like spam on a large English muffin with Arby's sauce, but I would like some cheese with it. Most cheese are bad when they get warm. Any ideas.

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    Cabot Extra Sharp Cheddar.

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    Laughing cow cheese doesn't need to be refrigerated and does really well in the heat. Used to snack on it all the time on deployment.

    Also I know its taboo to bring canned foods with you but if you are really hurting for it, kraft makes canned cheese in cans small enough for single serving. I've only ever seen them in food stores that carry European foods though, so I don't know if they'll be available to you.

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    The baby bells with the wax on them keep pretty well. It's just processed cheese though, but not too bad for processed.
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    This is from the Laughing Cow website:

    Do The Laughing Cow® Wedges need to be refrigerated?

    For the best taste and texture, it is best to store wedges in the refrigerator. However, they can be safely stored in cool, dry conditions for a limited length of time, and are great for adding to lunch boxes or taking to work for a quick snack.

    But I've had them not refrigerated for up to a week before

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    Quote Originally Posted by sbhikes View Post
    The baby bells with the wax on them keep pretty well. It's just processed cheese though, but not too bad for processed.
    +1 on the Baby Bels - even with all the trash with them.
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    I didn't think of baby bell, thanks. I did get a small block of New York extra sharp cheddar but I wasn't sure if it would hold up

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    Any hard, sharp cheese like asiago or parmesan works too.

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    Whole Foods has a sharp cheddar called Seaside English Cheddar (http://www.thebestlife.com/food_nutr...st=&fid=123743) that has an unrefrigerated shelf life of several weeks. They also carry a salami, Sopresatta, which has an extended unrefrigerated shelf life.

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    Any real cheese (not processed) will keep longer than it will take you to eat it. As mentioned, the harder sharper cheeses will keep longest, but even a soft Brie will keep until gone. Remember, cheese was invented for long term milk storage.

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    cut cheese is rampant on the trail

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    If consumed the first day or 2 pretty much any block of cheese will fair well. I didn't think about the Laughing cow... great idea. I also took a recipe from someone on this website that included grated parmesean/asiago cheese... kept just fine the third day.

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    Any hard cheese will keep for days, week without danger. If it's real warm, it may get soft and oily, simply rinse and dry it, and eat. If it manages to get moldy before you eat it, simply slice the mold off and enjoy the rest.

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    Laughing Cow and other sealed cheeses come with free fire starters, as well. (The wax)

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    For parmesan cheese (not necessarily what you were originally asking about), you can use Pizza Hut individual packets which are "shelf stable" until opened. I use these in several recipes with FBC.
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    A good hard cheddar will last for several days even in summer. It can get a little oily, but it's still edible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hikes in Rain View Post
    Any real cheese (not processed) will keep longer than it will take you to eat it. As mentioned, the harder sharper cheeses will keep longest, but even a soft Brie will keep until gone. Remember, cheese was invented for long term milk storage.
    Quote Originally Posted by Lyle View Post
    Any hard cheese will keep for days, week without danger. If it's real warm, it may get soft and oily, simply rinse and dry it, and eat. If it manages to get moldy before you eat it, simply slice the mold off and enjoy the rest.
    Quote Originally Posted by Hikes in Rain View Post
    Laughing Cow and other sealed cheeses come with free fire starters, as well. (The wax)
    I carry cheese all the time won't hike without it all kinds of cheese even cream cheese. Cheese has it's best flavor at room temp. Now having got that of my chest (again). Try a smoked cheddar won't get oily or super soft, goes good on a sandwich with just about anything even peanut butter, and is really good at the end of the day with scotch
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    Had a big chunk of nice, salty, sharp cheddar on my last hike. It was sooo good!

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    I almost ALWAYS bring summer sausage and cheddar. I'm going to try that smoked cheddar next time!

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    Smoked gouda is tasty too.
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