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?
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.