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Prue Leith divides fans with controversial mouldy cheese hack

The GBBO judge shared an unusual kitchen tip

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Georgia Brown
Senior Lifestyle & Fashion Writer
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Great British Bake Off star Prue Leith divided fans on Tuesday when she shared a video of herself scrubbing mould off cheese with a kitchen sponge.

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The star took an unusual approach to saving her mouldy cheese, writing to her 167k Instagram followers: "I hate to waste food. This bit of Cornish Yarg has been in the fridge for a couple of weeks and is now covered in mould #wastenotwantnot".

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"Most people would cut the mould off, but this would lose about a third of the cheese", the star continued. "Just stick it under a tap and scrub the mould off with a sponge or scrubbing brush. Delicious!". We're not so sure, Prue…

Fans were divided in the comments, with some commending the 81-year-old for her genius kitchen hack. "This is amazing! A brilliant tip!" said one fan, whilst another agreed: "Great tip. I hate food waste. Thank you Prue!"

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The star was seen running the block of cheese under the tap

Although not all fellow cheese connoisseurs were convinced, with one even writing: "No, just no, advice from a cheesemaker: don't show it a disservice by scrubbing it with a cheap sponge!"

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"I'd rather cut it off as the mould spores can exist beneath the surface and are invisible", another fan agreed. "This is a food and safety minefield. Better waste a little bit and have a piece of cheese that's definitely safe to eat".

Despite Prue being known for her excellent bakes and delicious cakes, many were left baffled at her controversial kitchen hack.

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The baking star moved into a new home in December

The star recently moved to a new home with her husband and clothes designer John Playfair, after they lived in separate homes for ten years of their relationship -including five of which they have been married.

Prue has since taken to Instagram with a photo showing off her incredible kitchen, which she explains has been intentionally designed with bold, bright colours.

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