Pecorino cheese is a hard, dry Italian cheese made from sheep’s milk. It comes in many varieties, which are categorized by age and texture. The most common types of pecorino are the younger varieties known as Pecorino Romano, Pecorino Sardo, and Pecorino Toscano.
Pecorino has a sharp flavor that is similar to Parmesan but with a slightly bitter taste. It is often used to season pasta dishes or salads, and it pairs well with green olives and pears.
How Long Does Pecorino Last?
Because it is made from sheep’s milk, which isn’t very stable, pecorino can spoil quickly if not refrigerated properly. If you purchase a whole wheel of pecorino from your local market, it will likely last for about 4 months if stored in the refrigerator at 40 F / 4 C or below (refrigeration can extend the shelf life of cheese by up to 3 weeks).
If you buy shredded or grated pecorino at the store instead of in a whole wheel form (which is generally easier to find), it will last for 2 months if refrigerated properly after opening.
Last modified: November 7, 2022