Been away for a few days? Chances are that when you opened your fridge, you were blown away by foul-smelling, mould-growing leftovers. Yuck. Time for a major clean-up. But is it necessary to throw away everything that's got mould on it?
There's no need to worry about the mouldy patch on that block of Cheddar cheese. If you're not grossed out about it, you can simply cut off the mouldy section and still enjoy the rest of the cheese. If the cheese is covered in mouldy patches, however, it's best to just cut your losses and add "cheese" to your shopping list. The same goes for firm fruits, vegetables and hard salami. But beware: if mould has grown on other foods, such as luncheon meats, leftover meat and poultry, cooked pasta, casseroles, soft cheese, yoghurt, jams, bread or nuts, it's safer to throw these away. If you don't, you could get food poisoning.