Whenever there is a party mode, crispy Babybel cheese fritter is our on the go snack as it’s my kid’s favorite dish!
And of course, it’s my favorite too!
You can also try out a variety of other different recipes from Babybel cheese which kids enjoy a lot.
Most importantly these recipes are so simple and easy, need little effort to make. You can also enjoy Babybel cheese as on the go snack.
I always have this Babybel cheese floating around my refrigerator. Because we enjoy the party appetizers with Babybel cheese.
Now, does Babybel Cheese Need to Be Refrigerated?
This is the question you might be grappling with as Babybel cheese is covered with wax to preserve longer.
Then I would say, ‘Yes’. You need to refrigerate Babybel cheese. It stays good for 6 months if refrigerated properly.
Now we get to know here more interesting facts about Babybel cheese and its shelf life.
What Kind of Cheese is Babybel Cheese?
Babybel is a French version of Dutch Edam Cheese. Babybel is a brand that makes a variety of flavors.
It is sold internationally by Bel Group, France Since 1952. In 1977, this company introduced a smaller version of Mini Babybel.
Babybel cheese is a young, soft cow’s milk cheese which is coated in red wax. It is a semi-hard cheese made from pasteurized cow’s milk that comes in a net bag.
There are seven flavors introduced in the USA- sharp original, original, cheddar, white cheddar, Gouda, Light.
It is a ready to eat a snack which nearly 75% consumed outside of France.
What is Mini Babybel Cheese Made of?
Mini Babybel is a natural cheese which is made from pasteurized milk. It is made with the traditional method, except that Babybel uses vegetarian rennet. So, it is perfectly vegetarian cheese.
During cheese-making, lactic ferments are used to give the cheese it’s distinct taste and flavor. A little amount of salt enhances the flavor and acts as a preservative.
So, the Mini Babybel is made up of just milk, vegetarian rennet, lactic ferments, and a little salt.
Does Babybel Cheese Need to be Refrigerated?
If it is a hard Babybel cheese like cheddar and gouda you can keep up for up to a week unrefrigerated.
Hard cheese covered with wax lasts for a long time. The wax replaces the need for the refrigeration for some period.
It stays good in the temperature ranging throughout the day from cool in the morning to above 80F throughout the day.
Always keep the cheese out of the sun. It is advised to be kept always in a cool place.
But Babybel soft cheese needs to be refrigerated. Broadly speaking harder, the cheese, longer it lasts.
So, it is good to refrigerate Babybel cheese if it is soft. Soft Cheese actually keeps at room temperature for quite a while.
You can store unrefrigerated at a room temperature of 20 degrees Celsius for several hours, such as in your lunch box.
You can refrigerate Babybel cheese up to 6 months. The wax coating prevents the spoilage of cheese inside.
If the soft cheese has strange smell and taste, it is not advisable to consume it as it may lead to illness.
Can You Freeze Babybel Cheese?
Yes, you can freeze Babybel cheese!
In fact, it extends their shelf life. You can keep them in the freezer past expiration date.
As the cheese is a cultured product, so it already contains bacteria which prevents other bacterial growth.
You don’t need to remove the outer wax of the Babybel cheese. It protects against the freezer burn and keeps them fresh for a long time.
So, if you have a big batch of Babybel cheese, you can freeze them and consume later.
Do Babybel Cheeses Go Bad?
As I said above Babybel cheese comes in a sharp original, original, cheddar, white cheddar, Gouda, Light flavor.
A sign that a Babybel cheese has gone bad is a smell or taste of spoiled or sour milk.
If the Babybel cheese is soft or medium-soft, it is not advisable to eat after expiration.
If it is a hard cheese and it is moldy, you can cut off the moldy part and consume the rest.
Since it is a hard cheese, the spores likely will not have spread throughout the cheese. So, you can cut off the moldy part and it is perfectly fine to consume.
Is the wax on the Babybel cheese edible?
The wax on the Babybel cheese made up of micro-crystalline wax, refined paraffin wax, coloring, and a low percentage of Polyethylene. It contains no Bisphenol-A.
The wax is food safe and meets strict regulatory standards. While it is not recommended for eating.
If anyone accidentally consumes the wax, according to Babybel, there are no harmful effects eating wax.
How do you eat Babybel cheese?
Babybel cheese is enrobed in colored wax and wrapped in plastic. The color of the wrapper indicates the type of cheese inside.
To get inside, you need to remove plastic wrap. You will find the cheese with a wax coating. The wax coating need to be peeled off.
You will find a little tab on the side which makes removing wax easier. Now you can find white cheese inside which is really awesome in taste.
Is Mini Babybel lactose-free?
Yes, mini Babybel is naturally lactose-free cheese. As per Babybel, any naturally-occurring lactose is dispensed away with the whey.
The remaining lactose is altered during the maturing process by the lactic ferments. The Independent tests indicate that the leftover lactose is less than <0.01g/100g. So, you can say it is virtually lactose-free.
So, now you know you need to refrigerate the Babybel cheese. If it is a soft type of cheese, refrigerating them is inevitable.
If it is hard cheese you can leave it out for a week. You can refrigerate Babybel cheese up to 6 months.
Thanx to the wax coating of Babybel who prevents spoilage cheese inside.
So, store your Babybel cheese in the refrigerator and enjoy it whenever you craving for!