Questions about the identification, use, storage, and sometimes production of cheese.

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Can I use Cheddar cheese for pizza?

I know that most of the time Mozzarella cheese is used for pizza and often in combinations with other cheeses including cheddar. I have noticed in quite a few things I cook like sandwiches, ...
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Can I use a meat grinder to grate cheese?

I have a large block of cheddar cheese that I would like to use for burgers. But grating is such a pain. I do have a meat grinder. Can I use that for "grating" cheese? Has anybody done that before? ...
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Are there cheeses that are not suitable for making for macaroni and cheese?

I've noticed that american and gruyere are dominant cheeses recommended in mac and cheese recipes. I assume this has to do with their mild flavors and ability to melt somewhat quickly. But what is to ...
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Is it possible to get vegetarian grana padano cheese?

My wife is vegetarian and, since meeting her, I've come to realise that all Grana Padano seems to be non-vegetarian. Is this really the case, or are my local supermarkets just not stocking the veggie ...
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Cheddar equivalents as far as amount of flavor

I read on a website that cheddar can be aged for 12 years I suspect that 12 year old cheddar is so strong that a small amount may be equivalent in flavor to a much larger amount of mild cheddar (3 ...
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Storage of Pecorino cheese — is room temperature ok?

Is it permissible to store and transport an intact wheel of Pecorino cheese at room temperature for 2 or 3 days before putting it back into refrigeration?
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Brie Cheese and expiration date

I have a Brie Cheese that has not been opened. It shows an expiration date of 01312014. Is it still safe to eat?
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Does cheese have to be made with rennet from the animal whose milk it is?

I read this article claiming that cheese must be made with rennet from the stomach of the animal whose milk the cheese would be made from. Is this the case? I'm very doubtful due to the existence of ...
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Making (or substitute for) ricotta cheese?

Some of my favorite dishes call for ricotta cheese, be it anything from a lasagna to cannoli. Arguably, this is a very easy thing to find in the States (and presumably elsewhere), so I'd never thought ...
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“Squeaky” homemade mozzarella

Last week I made mozzarella cheese (not fermented) for the first time. After heating the milk and removing the curds, I microwaved the curds repeatedly until getting them to 135 degrees F, then formed ...
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How do I tell if my cheese culture is still good?

I made cream cheese in November and prepared some of my own starter culture from that batch to save money down the line when I wanted to make cheese again. Well, I haven't made cheese since then (now ...
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Burger/Kraft Slice Style Cheese

Is it possible to make smoothly melting cheese slices at home, similar to Kraft American cheese slices? What are the key techniques?
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My cheese is too mushy

This past weekend I wanted to try to make my own cheese for the first time. I gathered the typical ingredients: milk, rennet, and citric acid and went to town. Making Riccotta and Mozzarella seemed to ...
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How to make mozzarella from curd?

I have two questions: 1. Are curd and paneer the same thing? I prepared the curd by acidification of milk (adding vinegar). In the recipes, I see that the result is called curd and also paneer ...
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What cheeses work 'best' in melted cheese sandwich applications?

I enjoy both toasted and grilled cheese sandwiches, but I generally only alternate between havarti and muenster cheese. I would like to branch out but don't know where to start. These are the factors ...
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What cheeses have the least amount of whey in them (or not at all)?

What cheeses have the least amount of whey in them or not at all?
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Hot chocolate and cheese (Colombian Special)

I recently visited Colombia in South America and I'm trying to recreate one of their traditional delicacies. They give you a lovely thick cup of hot chocolate and together with a few slices of ...
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Making hard cheese from milk by vinegar

I tried to make hard cheese from raw milk by a common recipe: heating milk to about 190 F, then adding vinegar to curdle. However, I faced three issues: Different recipes suggest 1/4 - 1/8 cup of ...
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How to make mozzarella with rennet?

I used to make soft cheese by vinegar, which quickly results in the formation of curd. I tried to make hard cheese (mozzarella) by rennet (commercial tablet) by the process took more than 30min and ...
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Are there substitutes for Parmesan without the aged cheese flavor?

I absolutely can't stand the flavor of parmesan cheese. Unfortunately, it is a very important ingredient in Italian cooking. What is a good substitute? It can't be anything that even resembles ...
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How to keep blintzes closed

I am trying to make cheese blintzes. I made them out of egg and flour. After packaging the blintzes up and readying to put them in the oven, they slowly start to pop back open. How do I keep them ...
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How to fold camembert in dough

Every time I bake camembert in bread dough, I do a bad job of enveloping. Usually, I make a thin dough circle (like a pizza base) with diameter somewhat less than three times the camembert's diameter. ...
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Baking camembert with crust in a larger pan?

I have one small wheel of camembert and some pie dough. I want to pack the camembert in the dough and bake it. I plan to have the bottom and sides in crust, but to leave the upper surface free. But I ...
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Can I make cheese from old milk? [duplicate]

I have some milk that is a little old - it basically smells like cheese. Is it safe to make cheese with it? It's been in the fridge since being bought.
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Substitutes for cheese due to allergy.

I have an allergy to the histamines in various aged cheeses such as parmesan, romano, blue cheeses, etc. Many recipes call for parmesan for saltiness and flavor. What possible substitutes are there ...
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What can I use as a replacement for ricotta or cottage cheese in a lasagna?

I really cannot take the texture of ricotta or cottage cheese in food, to the point where I will gag when it is in my mouth. However, most of the recipes I have seen for lasagna involve using one or ...
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How long does cheese last out of the refrigerator [duplicate]

We went on vacation and while we were gone, the refrigerator in which I stored a GREAT DEAL of cheese (both hard and soft, although unopened) quit working and when we returned home, I found the cheese ...
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Is it possible to freeze Eggplant Parmesan? If so, better to freeze before or after baking?

I made a delicious eggplant parmesan dish last night and now my wife wants to repeat it and then freeze it for another occasion. What's the best advice for freezing it? Is it better to freeze it ...
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Optimal Cheese Melting Bagel Baking Temp/Time

So i'm putting a bagel with cheese and ham on it into a conventional oven to toast it a bit. My end goal is for the cheese to be completely melted and the bagel not too crisp/dry. What time and ...
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Cheaper alternative to parmesan cheese?

The parmesan cheese in pasta recipe is quite expensive.....do we have cheaper alternative?? Are there are cheddar cheese which can replace parmesan cheese?
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Replacement for Appenzeller?

A recipe for a spinach casserole / gratin calls for topping it off with Appenzeller before putting it in the oven. I cannot find Appenzeller in the store. ...
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How to predict what the final result of a recipe will weigh?

I have a recipe for a mascarpone substitute. How much does that recipe make? I need a pound's worth, so I don't know if that will be a enough or is too much. Here is the recipe: 1 16 oz block of ...
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How Do I Fix Curdled Marscarpone Cheese?

I made a marscarpone mix for a Jamie Oliver cheesecake and it has curdled. The ingredients I added to the mixture include: full cream milk, vanilla essence, and icing sugar. Why would this ...
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Baking a Brie with the outer rind broken

How can I fix it when the Brie is cracked on one spot? I am planning to bake it and I do not have a receipt to return it. I know last time I baked a Brie with crack, the inside just gooey spread-out. ...
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Mexican Cheese Sauce?

There's a Mexican restaurant in my hometown that serves (their term) 'Arroz con pollo'. The dish itself seems incredibly simple -- it's pretty much just rice, chicken, and an incredible cheese sauce. ...
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How long does unrefrigerated shredded cheese last?

I left an unopened package of shredded mozarella cheese out unrefrigerated last night after going grocery shopping, and found it today, 16 hours later. Should I toss it?
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Why is my cheese sauce sweet?

I have made cheese sauce before and it has never been sweet. No problem with butter and flour and then I added milk like before. White sauce was fine. So I added cheese. Yes it was a package of ...
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Is it safe to eat moldy cheese if you slice off the edges?

Whenever my cheese gets too old and has a bit of blue/white mold on the side, I'm not sure whether I should throw it completely out or not. Is it safe to eat if I cut off the edge? Should I cut a bit ...
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Is the cover of Parmigiano-Reggiano edible?

It seems that the "cover" is harder than the other parts...
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Are there any health issues related to eating blue cheese often? [closed]

I just love Gorgonzola and I find myself eating it somewhat often. Are there any health related issues that I should be concerned about considering the ingested mold? I have heard rumors about the ...
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How can my cheese sauce be creamier

I made my cheese sauce with pre-shredded cheese (first problem I know), milk and butter. I tried to make a roux but without the flour I think I made it fail. my steps for making the cheese sauce ...
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Why does cheese sometimes slide off my pizza and how can I prevent it?

I eat pizza constantly and have noticed that one of the most annoying pizza properties is cheese sliding. You take a bite and all the cheese is dragged off and often swings down and burns your chin ...
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What's the difference between Greek and Bulgarian Feta Cheese

I went to buy some feta cheese today and noticed that there was both Greek and Bulgarian feta. I was wondering what the differences are between the two and can they be suitably substituted for each ...
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Is unwrapped refrigerated cheese safe?

Is unwrapped, refrigerated cheese safe? I usually have Australian or New Zealand cheddar cheese or similar cheese in my refrigerator. Recently I've been discarding the original wrapping which ...
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What kind of cheese does Pizza Hut or Domino's use?

I have been experimenting with Pizza and cakes. I can easily purchase mozzarella in India and have been using it for pizza, but it doesn't come close to the cheese Pizza Hut or Domino's use. Do they ...
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Can I use yogurt cheese in cheesecake by substituting the cream cheese?

It is very hard to find cream cheese or mascarpone where I live in India, so I just wanted to know whether I can make a cheesecake with yogurt cheese or not?
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What to do with leftover whey from vinegar-based cheese preparation

Whey is a valuable protein-rich by-product of cheese preparation. There are many advises for using whey came out of cheese preparation by culture. However, the whey produced after cheese preparation ...
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At which temperature Parmesan cheese must be transported?

I bought a piece of Parmesan cheese over internet. When it arrived (in a styrofoam box) I measured its temperature and it was 17,8° C (64° F). I think it's too high... Is this OK? What is the ...
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What's the fluid that comes out from cheese after heating it up?

I just put some cheese sandwiches into my microwave oven, and I can see a small layer of fluid on the surface of the cheese (trappista). What's this and why I can't see it before heating cheese up? I ...
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Why are cheese curds squeaky?

What causes the squeakiness, and why does it disappear so quickly? Why does microwaving bring back a bit of squeak?