Does Creamy Laughing Cow Cheese Really Last

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Does Creamy Laughing Cow Cheese Really Last

Postby PedroArvy » Thu 09 Mar, 2017 6:42 pm

I have heard that Laughing Cow cheese laughs, sorry, lasts 5 days solid in the bush. I checked this stuff out in the supermarket and found the stuff below. Laughing Cow is a creamy cheese and I am very surprised that a creamy cheese would last that long. I thought it was the drier cheddars that were better. Can anyone confirm?

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Re: Does Creamy Laughing Cow Cheese Really Last

Postby AWTtrekker » Thu 09 Mar, 2017 7:33 pm

Go to the spreads area of your supermarket where jam, peanut butter, etc are. There you will find shelf stable cheese wedges like this, they are sold unrefrigerated :)
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Re: Does Creamy Laughing Cow Cheese Really Last

Postby PedroArvy » Thu 09 Mar, 2017 7:34 pm

Thats interesting because the ones I have seen are in the refridgerated area
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Re: Does Creamy Laughing Cow Cheese Really Last

Postby AWTtrekker » Thu 09 Mar, 2017 7:49 pm

Yep, you will find other brands in the shelf area, sold with the jars of cream cheese spread and the Kraft cheddar shelf blocks
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Re: Does Creamy Laughing Cow Cheese Really Last

Postby Neo » Thu 09 Mar, 2017 8:00 pm

Same spot you will find Nutella in portions. Yet to see peanut butter ready packed.
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Re: Does Creamy Laughing Cow Cheese Really Last

Postby RonK » Fri 10 Mar, 2017 5:43 am

PedroArvy wrote:Thats interesting because the ones I have seen are in the refridgerated area

Nope, wrong Laughing Cow.
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Re: Does Creamy Laughing Cow Cheese Really Last

Postby Strider » Fri 10 Mar, 2017 5:48 am

RonK wrote:
PedroArvy wrote:Thats interesting because the ones I have seen are in the refridgerated area

Nope, wrong Laughing Cow.

Laughing Cow is definitely in the fridge at my local Woolies. I bought some yesterday. It also says "Keep Refridgerated" on the packaging.

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Re: Does Creamy Laughing Cow Cheese Really Last

Postby MickyB » Fri 10 Mar, 2017 6:43 am

RonK wrote:
PedroArvy wrote:Thats interesting because the ones I have seen are in the refridgerated area

Nope, wrong Laughing Cow.

Either Laughing Cow has different products or the product has changed over the years. It used to be on the shelf at our local supermarket but is now found in the refridgerated area.
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Does Creamy Laughing Cow Cheese Really Last

Postby RonK » Fri 10 Mar, 2017 7:40 am

No, there is, and always has been, a refrigerated and a non-refrigerated version.

I bought a pantry pack, i.e. non- refrigerated as recently as Xmas, but never used it. It has a best before date of 28.08.2017.

As the previous posters have stated, you find it in the spreads section of the supermarket.

If you have the refrigerated product then you are buying the wrong stuff.

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Definitely still listed on the Woolworths web site.

And the Coles web site.
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Re: Does Creamy Laughing Cow Cheese Really Last

Postby Mark F » Fri 10 Mar, 2017 9:49 am

The whole raison d'etre of cheese is to preserve milk, apart from being delicious. Cheesemaking was developed long before refrigeration and relied on storage in cool conditions such as caves and cellars around 10-15 degrees, not "below 4 degrees" as we are now lead to believe. Unless you are walking in quite hot conditions any cheese will last five days without refrigeration by keeping it away from the direct heat of the sun. I regularly take brie/camembert on walks without problems and have put them in food drops that were used within 2 to 3 weeks of placement. Harder cheeses handle longer storage.

Laughing Cow is "cheese spread" (see previous image) so more like Kraft processed cheese; to me a culinary abomination.
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Re: Does Creamy Laughing Cow Cheese Really Last

Postby Orion » Sun 12 Mar, 2017 12:36 pm

Mark F wrote:Laughing Cow is "cheese spread" (see previous image) so more like Kraft processed cheese; to me a culinary abomination.

My interpretation: Laughing Cow won't last five days since it's "bad" straight out of the store refrigerated section.

When I bushwalk I often take cheese, frequently soft-ripened cheese. In Tasmania one of my favorites is the King Island Stormy. It's intensely stinky and gets better with time at room temperature. Some of the Bruny Island cheeses can be good as well. There was one some years ago called "Mr. Palomar" that we took on the Western Arthurs. It was the best that Bruny Island ever made in my opinion. Soft, so stinky and very, very delicious. I would pay handily to have it again but as far as I know they never produced it after that year.

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By the way, I think the image posted by the OP is for the U.S. version of Laughing Cow. The Australian L.C. producers put French on the label and the ingredients are a little different (although not that different).
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Re: Does Creamy Laughing Cow Cheese Really Last

Postby ChrisJHC » Fri 17 Mar, 2017 4:29 pm

If you go down the Laughing Cow path, make sure you taste it before you rely on it out bush. I find it like eating cardboard but my kids like it.


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Re: Does Creamy Laughing Cow Cheese Really Last

Postby Kari » Sat 18 Mar, 2017 6:04 pm

Hi,
We survived on it doing the Overland Track in Late Dec 2015. It was quite warm but the cheese was good. It stopped the flatbread being so dry!
Just suggest keeping it in its cardboard box. I didn't and it got squashed flat and had to pick bits of foil out. When the group reached Narcissus and we pooled all remaining food, another person in the group pulled out a perfect box of cheese!
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Re: Does Creamy Laughing Cow Cheese Really Last

Postby Graham51 » Sat 18 Mar, 2017 8:03 pm

The question was will it last? I took it on a 7 day walk along the South Coast (Tas) and it was fine. In fact I still have some of that in the fridge and am using it. I also took some on a 14 day walk on the Larapinta Trail last July and it was still okay on the last day. We buy it off the shelf in the spreads section down here.
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Re: Does Creamy Laughing Cow Cheese Really Last

Postby Neo » Sun 19 Mar, 2017 2:40 pm

Instead you should find the similar products named Cheesestix wedges or Picon cheese spread. Package says store in a cool place as mentioned above.

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Re: Does Creamy Laughing Cow Cheese Really Last

Postby Stroller » Thu 23 Mar, 2017 12:57 pm

I don't think laughing cow needs to be kept in the fridge. It would be highly processed and full of preservatives.

A better option is a block of Parmesan cheese which jerks for at least a month. It's fantastic cheese.
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Re: Does Creamy Laughing Cow Cheese Really Last

Postby Strider » Thu 23 Mar, 2017 2:41 pm

Stroller wrote:A better option is a block of Parmesan cheese which jerks for at least a month. It's fantastic cheese.

Wow, no wonder its so hard! :lol:


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Re: Does Creamy Laughing Cow Cheese Really Last

Postby ribuck » Sun 25 Feb, 2018 5:39 am

Yesterday I bought a pack of both types of Laughing Cow from Coles. The "keep refrigerated" one had a best-before date of October 2018, and came in a pack of eight 16-gram wedges. The shelf-stable "pantry pack" had a best-before date of November 2018, and came in a pack of sixteen 15-gram wedges (I have also seen these in 21-gram wedges).

The reason I bought both was to do a taste test. The two types look identical, have the same texture, and taste identical to me.
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Re: Does Creamy Laughing Cow Cheese Really Last

Postby ChrisJHC » Sun 25 Feb, 2018 8:23 am

My question is, after you’ve been carrying this for 5 days through the bush, would you be hungry enough to eat it?


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Re: Does Creamy Laughing Cow Cheese Really Last

Postby matagi » Sun 25 Feb, 2018 9:42 am

Yes it really does last. If it is very hot, it gets a bit soft and squishy but is otherwise ok. There is no "refrigerated version" the 8 portion pack and the pantry pack are the same product and I have no idea why they put one in the refrigerated section and one on the shelf, unless it is for marketing purposes.

I confess I like the stuff (don't ask me why, I loathe processed cheese otherwise) and spread it on bread instead of butter when making sandwiches. I sometimes eat a triangle as a quick snack.
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Re: Does Creamy Laughing Cow Cheese Really Last

Postby north-north-west » Sun 25 Feb, 2018 4:10 pm

matagi wrote:I confess I like the stuff (don't ask me why, I loathe processed cheese otherwise) and spread it on bread instead of butter when making sandwiches. I sometimes eat a triangle as a quick snack.


Isn't there a 'Guilty Pleasures' thread here somewhere? I have a similar attitude to the blue packaged Kraft 'Cheddar' Grilled, of course, so there's that thin crispy brown bit on top and all the rest is hot and nearly fluid
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Re: Does Creamy Laughing Cow Cheese Really Last

Postby LachlanB » Mon 26 Feb, 2018 9:19 am

ChrisJHC wrote:My question is, after you’ve been carrying this for 5 days through the bush, would you be hungry enough to eat it?


I think it would take more than 5 days.
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Re: Does Creamy Laughing Cow Cheese Really Last

Postby ribuck » Mon 26 Feb, 2018 12:05 pm

LachlanB wrote:I think it would take more than 5 days.

For a four day trip I can take things like avocado. For five or more days, the cow gets the last laugh.
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