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

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Are the white crystals on my American Cheese safe to eat?

I have some American Cheese with fine white crystals on the outside of each slice. They have a gritty texture. Is this a sign that the cheese is spoiled, or just lactic acid salts like aged cheese ...
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How do you tell if a cheese rind is edible?

When I buy a cheese from a type I don't know, I usually discard the rind, just because I'm not sure it is edible. Is there a way to tell if it is edible, other than researching the cheese type?
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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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What role does alcoholic liquid play in cheese fondue recipes?

Pretty much every recipe I've seen for cheese fondue includes either white wine (sometimes alongside kirsch/brandy) or some kind of beer in the delicious cheesy sauce. Why is the added liquid ...
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Why does feta taste so terribly salty when grilled?

I love feta cheese, and I can't get enough of it, just like my family. But unlike them, I only eat it raw. I can't stand the grilled feta sandwiches my mother eats every morning for breakfast, and the ...
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What determines how well cheese melts

I have had my fair share of eating cheese and experimenting with them. Sometimes they come out heavenly while other times, it turn out to be a huge flop. Usually when it flops, it's because I am ...
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How are mozzarella cheese sticks (string cheese) formed?

I love string cheese. I have had some success making homemade mozzarella but I am not particularly skilled yet at kneading the curd. My mozzarella balls sometimes end up with an uneven texture. How ...
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What does the rind say about a cheese?

There is a lot of variation in the rind of cheese, I dare say perhaps even more than in the cheeses themselves. Does the colour, texture, hardness etc. reveal anything about how the cheese was made, ...
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What happens to cheese as it ages?

An answer* on another one of my questions sparked this: What is actually happening to the cheese on a molecular and chemical level as it ages? What processes are going on and why is there an upper ...
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Can I continue to age store bought cheese?

I know that many cheeses are considered to be better when aged. After I've purchased a nice block of Parmesan or such, can I continue to age it at home? Is it practical? Will I get the same ...
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When can I not substitute Romano for Parmesan?

I noticed that good Romano costs 1/3 as much as good Parmesan. I know that Romano is aged much less than Parmesan is and that accounts for the difference in cost. However, the flavors of the two are ...
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What determines how hard or soft a cheese will be?

My knowledge of cheese making is extremely lacking, but what determines how hard or soft the final cheese product is when making your own cheese?
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what are some good Pecorino Romano combinations? (see food intolerances inside, please) [closed]

I bought this cheese thinking I'd be able to eat it straight, and I like the smell, but I can't stand the taste. So I'm thinking I should use combine it with something else. One combo that I ...
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Best cut of meat to pair with Gorgonzola?

I've often enjoyed lightly seasoned beef or venison steaks paired with Gorgonzola cheese. Is there any cut of meat that goes particularly well with that particular cheese, or does it not particularly ...
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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?
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Mascarpone left outside fridge overnight - still usable?

I forgot the mascarpone yesterday, so it sat in my bad in the living room for half a day and the night, instead of in the fridge. The question is, of course, is it still ok to use? It looks fine, of ...
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how to create gratin with _thin_ cheese skin

Several years ago I knew a place where they served ragout fin au gratin in small bowls with a very thin cheese skin. I'd like to create these myself. I tried several approaches, mostly by putting ...
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What happens when cheese is melted in a frying pan?

A guilty pleasure of mine is to put a small block of cheddar into a dry frying pan and cook it. The cheese melts and an oil comes out of the cheese. In this state, the oil drains off very easily and ...
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How long does parmesan sprinkle cheese last in the refrigerator?

My boyfriend says parmesan sprinkle cheese is bad because it has been in the refrigerator for a long time. But I still use it long past it's date and don't seem to have any problems with it. What do ...
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Making a goats cheese tart more substantial [closed]

Last night I made a goats cheese tart using pesto, puff pastry, finely chopped onions, peppers and courgettes. (Spread pastry with pesto, put veg on, break up goats cheese and bake in a 200 degree ...
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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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What is the origin of cheese dip?

I want to know where cheese dip was invented. Based on this article it was invented in Arkansas. This documentary goes into more detail about it being from Mexico Chiquito, a restaurant in Arkansas. ...
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How should block cheese be stored for maximum shelf life?

Just like it says in the title, how can I store blocks of cheese for max shelf life? I will be making a grilled cheese sandwich and shredding 3 varieties of cheese (cheddar, swiss, parm(?)) and I am ...
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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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Tweaking a Macaroni & Cheese Cake

This is basically the first loaf I have baked and I am having difficulty knowing how I should tweak it. I have four directions to go with it and would like to know in which direction I should go, or ...
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Should cheese be frozen?

I just put a piece of parmesan cheese into the freezer part of a fridge. Is this practice good or bad? I did this because when I bought the cheese, I could not back to home immediately and the cheese ...
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Are there aged cheeses I can make which don't require a cheese fridge?

I enjoy home cheesemaking, and often make fresh cheeses at home, including ricotta, paneer, queso fresco, and microwave mozzarella. I've stayed away from hard, aged cheeses to date because they ...
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Is it okay to eat gorgonzola cheese mold?

My pack of Gorgonzola came with greenish/blue mold. is it okay to eat that mold? I intend to eat the cheese by itself.
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Why does cheese have an expiry date?

I am wondering why there are expiry dates on cheese. Sorry if I am not very clear about how cheese is made, but isn't cheese made from rotten milk? Some cheeses have molds on them too.
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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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Why does my cheese sauce solidify

I am using this recipie to make cheese sauce for my maize crackers. http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/nacho-cheese-sauce/detail.aspx However, my sauce starts solidifying as it cools down. I am using a ...
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Where can I bulk-buy cheap parmesan?

My friend planted three rows of basil in his garden to make pesto, and now we need to source roughly 25-50lbs of parmesan. With that kind of quantity, cheaper is better.
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Is there an application for soft cheese rinds?

When I melt soft cheese into something, I don't use the eatable rinds, because they ruin the whole texture. But sometimes the cheese is expensive (like DOC rawmilk camembert, or handmade gorgonzola), ...
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What are these little crystals in my Cheese?

In some Mature Cheddar, whilst slicing with a knife, I've noticed some tiny crystals. What are these crystals are they a sign of good Cheddar or not?
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How can I melt cheese for dipping?

I love dipping things like pretzels in metled cheese. I've done this lots of times at fairs and other places with 'pretzel carts', but I've never been able to replicate it myself at home. Whenever I ...
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Is it possible to make hoop cheese out of acid-precipated milk curds?

I've never tasted or seen "hoop cheese," a product that appears to have been made on a small scale years ago, and was popular in the South. Is it possible to make this cheese by pressing and waxing ...
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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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SOBEYS Cheese Buns [closed]

There is a shopping store chains, SOBEYS, which make incredible cheese buns. The buns are rolled in a swirl like a cinabon, and have air pockets lined with cheese. The air pockets seem to form along ...
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Is my fancy cheese still safe to eat?

A few weeks ago, I went to Amsterdam and bought several pounds of cheese, including one massive (3 pound) round of Edam. It was wrapped in wax paper and was told that I could leave it out on cold, ...
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How long can a bottle of self-made basil sauce last without rotting?

I made a bottle of basil sauce by myself last year summer. It composed of basil leave, extra virgin olive oil, pine nuts, garlic and parmesan cheese. It was kept in a glass bottle in the ...
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Can you make cheese curds with pasteurized milk?

I have this recipe for cheese curds that I want to try: http://www.ehow.com/how_5106352_make-cheese-curds-poutine.html, but it specifically calls for raw milk which is near to impossible to get here. ...
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Do specialty cheese-cutting tools have specific advantages over an ordinary knife?

I cut block cheese (mostly cheddar or muenster) into slices or cubes using an ordinary non-serrated stainless steel knife. I used to use a T-shaped slicer that had a wire and an adjustable roller (for ...
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Fish and cheese: An unbreakable rule?

I always wondered about this seemingly static rule: Never add cheese (especially, but not limited to parmigiano reggiano) to a dish with fish. Italians would never, ever add parmigiano ...
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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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Why does fondue sometimes “curdle” and what can I do to prevent it?

Once when I was making a pretty standard fondue (50% gruyere, 50% emmenthal, white wine) the cheese somehow "curdled" and became a mix of a slightly fondue-tasting liquid and a rubbery ball of cheese, ...
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What to serve at a cheese tasting?

I'm arranging a cheese tasting for 10 adults in a few weeks, mostly hard Italian cheeses, and I'm wondering what to serve with it? I want the taste of the cheese to come through, but I also want ...
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Making Raclette without special equipment or specific type of cheese

I have a sizable chunk of emmenthal cheese taking up valuable space in my fridge, and I was looking for a recipe to use it in. Drilling down into Swiss cuisine at wikipedia, I encountered an ...
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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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Cheeses similar to queso fresco

Queso fresco is one of my most frequently purchased cheeses; among other things I like it crumbled over salads. I do like a lot of common salad cheeses - crumbly goat cheeses, blue cheeses, and feta - ...
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Homemade pizza left out overnight

We made homemade pizza last night. We made extra, uncooked, pies, and accidentally left them out overnight. As soon as I noticed, I put them into the freezer just in case they were still good. What ...