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Minnesota Musing: Moldy Bread - How Moldy Can It Be Before I Get Sick

Updated on January 2, 2017

I Am Confused

There are certain foods that are better with mold. Blue Cheese, for one. Blue Cheese is a delicious cheese that has strains of some blue mold in it and it's really yummy.

Not to mention, but I will, that it was a man that discovered penicillin. First I thought it was Madam Curie, but upon researching the subject, discovered that she was responsible for the discovery of radiation. Which, incidentally, contributed to her death.

Upon Googling Moldy Bread

Yep. I googled it. I ended up researching moldy bread and discovered there are people who strongly recommend not eating moldy bread.

If you see mold, avoid it at all costs.

But, what happens if you have bad eyesight? Are you going to get really sick? I ate that sandwich at lunch time and I feel okay tonight....but if you find me laying on the floor later, with foam coming from my mouth and nose and eyes, that's what I ate...

Sorry Vegetarians...

I put this topic under vegetarians because they did not have a section for moldy bread.

Blue Cheese

Blue Cheese is one of my favorites. Apparently, the mold in Blue Cheese is Penicillin mold. So, Blue Cheese is good for you.

Have you tasted Blue Cheese. I'm going to go to my refrigerator and taste some Blue Cheese dressing and describe the flavor to you.

Okay. Here goes. Tangy. Squishy. Almost a vinegar flavor. Now, if you eat Blue Cheese straight, from the cheese block, it's got more of a heady, sour flavor. Almost bitter, but still really yummy. Yes. It is a cheese that requires getting used to. It's an acquired taste.

Blue Cheese Dressing


Sharp Cheddar

Let's compare cheese flavors for a moment. Sharp Cheddar is a salty, tangy cheese, also. Perhaps Sharp means tangy? I don't know. I do know I like it. A lot. Apparently, once again, Sharp Cheddar is allowed to mold and the mold adds tang to the flavor, also.

Isn't that interesting?

Facts and Opinions

Apparently, although penicillin mold is good for you and causes certain strains of bacteria to drown and burst, thus killing the bacteria, it is very bad to breath it into your lungs.

Apparently, all the commercial penicillin that is marketed today, comes from a strain of mold that originated from a cantaloupe in 1941. At least, that is the opinion of someone. Whether true, or not, I do not know.

Fresh Bread Tomorrow

Just in case you were concerned, I am opening a new loaf of bread and my dogs are going to get the rest of the moldy bread, or, I will toss it outside for the birds. The dogs won't care and the birds seem to like bread no matter how moldy it is.

I was googling mold and dogs and of course, there seem to be people who seem to think that people should protect their pets from mold. Now, I'm wondering who protects wild animals from eating moldy things, since they eat stuff outside all the time that is moldy.

Just wondering.


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    • Larry Rankin profile image

      Larry Rankin 15 months ago from Oklahoma

      Interesting look into food shelf life.