While hard cheese can stay out of the refrigerator and get warm without any safety issues, soft cheeses require more refrigeration. Cheeses such as ricotta and mozzarella should not be left out of refrigeration for more than two hours.
Whole Foods Market recommends that soft cheeses should be placed in a cooler with ice if they are going to be out of refrigeration for more than 30 minutes. Because soft cheeses contain more water, they provide a breeding ground for bacteria and are therefore more dangerous to leave unrefrigerated. Processed cheese, such as American cheese, can stay out of the refrigerator for longer than two hours without any danger.Learn More
Muenster cheese is a semi-soft white cheese with a strong odor, a robust flavor and a washed rind. It is produced in France from unpasteurized cow's milk.Full Answer >
The unrefrigerated shelf life of cheese depends on its moisture content. Harder cheeses, such as Parmesan or Romano, have less moisture than soft cheeses like brie or ricotta. Soft, moist cheeses should not be left out for more than two hours. Hard grating cheeses can last longer.Full Answer >
Cheese can cause constipation or irregular bowel movements in some people, but it is not binding in all people. Most people who have difficulty processing cheese and other dairy products are lactose intolerant. Symptoms of lactose intolerance range in severity and include diarrhea, constipation, bloating, gas and other gastrointestinal symptoms.Full Answer >
As a rule of thumb, soft cheeses, including cottage cheese, should not be kept out of a refrigerator for longer than a couple of hours. Some hard cheeses can be left out of the refrigerator nearly indefinitely, provided the room in which it is stored is maintained in a temperature range that does not exceed approximately 80 degrees Fahrenheit and the cheese is stored appropriately.Full Answer >