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Blue cheese etc ok if cooked?

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badkitty Wed 01-Dec-10 16:19:03

This is going to sound like a daft question but you know the sorts of cheese which you are not allowed to eat if pg eg gorgonzola - are they ok if cooked? Presumably that would kill bacteria etc? I wanted to get my favorite walnut & gorgonzola pasta from Sainsburys tonight as can't be arsed to cook, then realised I probably couldn't have it, then though I could get a spinach and ricotta one but probably can't have ricotta either?

JBrd Wed 01-Dec-10 16:39:38

badkitty, ricotta is fine, as is mozzarella and parmensan! And I think that blue cheeses are OK when cooked and properly heated through. For exmaple, I have been eating salami on pizzas and chorizo in chillies, always making sure that they are cooked through.

diyqueen Wed 01-Dec-10 16:46:13

Don't know- I think I've heard people say it's OK if thoroughly cooked but am avoiding blue cheese myself just in case, though I like it too. It's not worth worrying about if you're not sure, and luckily there are lots of other nice things we can still eat! Sometimes it says on the pack whether or not the cheese in something is pasteurised, if it is then it's OK.

lilly13 Wed 01-Dec-10 16:49:18

heated blue cheese does not mean pasteurised. the reason why it is not recommended to eat some cheeses is because they have been made of unpasteurised milk. better safe than sorry...

badkitty Wed 01-Dec-10 16:49:58

OK thank you - it is all so confusing..!

lollipopshoes Wed 01-Dec-10 16:50:23

no.

with cheeses, if it's not ok raw, it's not ok cooked.

Sorry.

I know how you feel, I could kill for some melted stilton...

VivaLeBeaver Wed 01-Dec-10 16:51:23

Its fine. I'm a midwife.

www.eatwell.gov.uk/asksam/agesandstages/pregnancy/ #A219890

StiffyByng Wed 01-Dec-10 17:17:46

Also, anything labelled Stilton is pasteurised, as the AOC demands it. So you don't have to look for the label if eating it hot, as I do regularly, melted on gnocchi.

PGWomble Wed 01-Dec-10 17:44:37

Thanks Viva. As somebody who thoroughly enjoyed a thoroughly hot blue cheese soufflé at a special dinner recently I was beginning to think that I'd dreamt up the relevant paragraph in the page you have posted!

wigglesrock Wed 01-Dec-10 17:58:15

I've eaten blue cheese and brie cooked, am currently 29 weeks.

GlitteryBalls Wed 01-Dec-10 18:36:46

I have stilton in quiches and stuff. Pasteurisation normally heats things to 100 degrees so I'm guessing if it's been cooked and hot right through it's fine.

midori1999 Wed 01-Dec-10 19:29:42

Yes, as the link said, cheese properlyheated is fine.

I never know why people just seem to make up what they can eat instead of checking guidelines. confused My cousin insisted throughout her pregnancy that only Helmans mayonaisse was safe, no other brand.

GlitteryBalls Thu 02-Dec-10 12:14:59

I was confused and didn't realise you could have shop-bought mayo at first and I really missed it. And I had a raging craving for peanut butter and thought I couldn't have it til I realised that current guidelines says you can. Funnily enough, craving died down once I knew I could eat it!

8rubberduckies Thu 02-Dec-10 13:20:15

Yes cooked cheese is fine, but please don't think that pasteurised mould-ripened cheese is okay, as I did until recently. Any listeria bug will grow in a mould-ripened cheese after it is made, so whether the milk it has been made with is pasteurised or not makes no difference; it's still unsafe unless cooked.

On the plus side though, this does mean that you can eat unpasteurised hard cheeses, so don't have to stick to the supermarket shrink-wrapped stuff! Any hard cheese is unlikely to harbour listeria bacteria as it is a very unhospitabel environment for the nasties to grow in.

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