How long does feta cheese last?

In this brief study, we will answer the question, “how long does feta cheese last?”. We will also talk about the shelf life, and storage methods of feta cheese.

How long does feta cheese last?

Feta cheese, which is typically produced from sheep and goat milk, has an expiration date on the package. After that date, as you are undoubtedly aware, the cheese should maintain its quality for many months. 

In terms of the storage period of fresh blocks of feta, it is typically between two and three months for this type. In addition, since the saline solution in which the cheese is stored performs a great job of keeping it, that cheese should easily survive for 2 weeks to a month after the expiration date printed on the package has reached.

If you keep the cheese in its natural state and simply cover or seal it tightly, it should keep its freshness for around 5 to 7 days at the most.

If you make your brine or assuming you use the brine that comes with the cheese (if there is enough), you may keep the remains in brine for up to a month.

Brining feta cheese is the preferable choice in this situation.

Feta block in brine (unopened)Sell-by + 2 – 4 weeks
Crumbled feta (unopened)Sell-by + 1 week
Feta leftovers (without brine)5 – 7 days
Feta leftovers (submerged in brine)4 weeks

Please keep in mind that the time frames shown above are just approximations.

The Best Way to Determine If Feta Is Bad

First and foremost, if there is mold or any black spots on the surface, it should be discarded.

Ensure that the cheese is not immersed in brine and that its color and consistency are satisfactory. If the cheese has darkened and turned slimy, it should be discarded. If it has acquired a sour-cream-like odor, do the same thing as above. Ensure that the consistency of the cheese is as smooth as possible. 

How to Keep Feta Cheese Fresh?

In contrast to other types of cheese, bringing feta is essential for long-term storage. In general, you may get feta in blocks that have been brined, or crushed and ideal to use in a recipe.

Keeping feta cheese in the fridge is recommended since both types of feta cheese must be kept chilled.

Keeping Feta Cheese Blocks in the Refrigerator

It is acceptable to consume feta cheese blocks in their original packaging as long as the box has not been opened.

You will have to choose after you have sliced up the block and discovered that there are leftovers.

Wrapping the cheese in plastic wrap, placing it in a freezer bag, or placing it in an airtight container is sufficient if you want to consume the cheese within several days of purchasing it.

If you want to keep it for a longer time, you should immerse it in saltwater. You may create your brine by combining 1 tsp salt  with 1 cup of water.

Prepare enough of this solution to completely cover the remaining block in a sealed container. Once you have completed this task, place the container in the refrigerator.

Other FAQs about Feta Cheese which you may be interested in.

Can you freeze feta cheese?

Keeping Feta Cheese in its Shredded Form

If you purchased shredded feta cheese, the procedure would be quite identical to the one described above. Once you have opened the box, make sure it is securely sealed before placing it back in the refrigerator.

If you want to keep the feta for a long length of time, make enough brine (as described above) to completely cover the shredded cheese and put it in a refrigerator container.

You may be concerned that your cheese will come out excessively salty, but that is something you can easily adjust if necessary.

To begin with, it is necessary to taste the cheese to determine its salinity before beginning the water treatment process.

The traditional ways of preserving Feta Cheese

Whole Milk 

To make the feta cheese-less salty, you may cover it with milk in a small container before putting it in the refrigerator. Before doing so, chop it into small chunks.

Olive Oil 

The traditional method of preserving feta cheese is to immerse it in olive oil overnight. It will keep the feta fresher for longer if you use olive oil as a preservative. As the feta continues to marinate in the olive oil, its flavor transforms from creamy to sharp and pungent.

Other FAQs about Feta cheese that you may be interested in.

Can you freeze feta cheese?


In this brief study, we answered the question, “how long does feta cheese last?”. We also talked about the shelf life and storage methods of feta cheese.


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