A confession: We generally consider solid blocks of cheese superior to their prepackaged shredded or crumbled counterparts. Nonetheless, we aim to be open-minded, so we decided it would be edifying to give crumbled feta a try.
We chose one widely available brand, Athenos, and we compared its crumbled feta to its feta packaged in a plastic tub with brine and its feta shrink-wrapped in cryovac packaging with a bit of brine. The feta in the tub of brine was salty, milky, and more intense than the other two, but it wasn’t as moist as we expected. Surprisingly, the cryovac and crumbled versions were pretty much on par. The crumbles tasted decent (certainly good enough to toss on a salad), and they were only a tad drier than the other two