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

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Mixing mozzarella without clumping

Whenever I use mozarella in a pasta dish, and attempt to mix it in like you would cheddar or anything else, I end up with one giant clump of mozzarella. Ex) I cook some pasta, and add the cheese/milk ...
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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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Are there cheeses with less saturated fat?

I like cheese, but I'd like to find ones with better fat ratios. Do all cheeses have high amounts of saturated fat? More importantly, are there any natural cheeses that have a high mono- and ...
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Mascarpone left outside fridge overnight - still usable?

I forgot the mascarpone yesterday, so it sat in my bag 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 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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Brined cheese behaves almost as if carbonated

I bought (at least what I thought was) some Bulgarian/Turkish-style brined soft cheese today, and when I got home I noticed the container seemed over-pressurised (it's sold in a kind of tall tin ...
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How to prevent bursting from cheese stuffed beef patties?

I am trying to perfect the cheese burger, and an important part for me is the cheese stuffed patty. I am trying to find a way to prevent the cheese from bursting out? Is there a type of cheese I can ...
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I have a recipe for an asparagus/pasta dish with a goat cheese sauce, Can I substitute Feta?

Even generally speaking can Feta be substituted for Goat Cheese? I'm guessing that since Feta is usually more salty I would have to watch the salt, but any other consequences?
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Alternatives to halloumi?

Are there other cheeses which have similar properties to halloumi, like the fact that it doesn't melt easily and can be grilled, fried or barbequed?
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What is dry cottage cheese?

My grandmother's recipe for cheese filling for kolacky calls for dry cottage cheese. What is that and where might I get some?
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Why use citric acid and sodium hexametaphosphate in cheese sauce?

I was watching a YouTube video from ChefSteps on how to make cheese sauce. They used sodium citrate and sodium hexametaphosphate. What are the reasons for including these in the recipe? What are the ...
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Storage of cheese starter cultures

I have decided to give a go at home cheesemaking. I got a nice book by Mary Karlin, which seems to explain things relatively well. Now, most recipes would call for something like 1/4 tsp of starter ...
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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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Why did this fondue become grainy and lumpy?

We made some fondue the other night, and instead of being a nice smooth dippable fondue texture, it came out grainy and lumpy. What went wrong? Here's the recipe that we used: 1 clove garlic 3/4 ...
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Did extra insulation cause ice crystals in frozen mac & cheese?

I prepared two 9x13" casserole dishes worth of macaroni & cheese (roux based). In terms of the quantity of pasta, I used three pounds. After combining sauce and pasta I baked to try to eliminate ...
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Make a cheese sauce that doesn't go solid when cooled

The way I normally go about making a cheese sauce for something like macaroni cheese, I start with a roux, slowly add milk, heat to thicken then add the cheese. This works just fine and is great if ...
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Canning cheese spreads?

I've been doing some research on canning cheese in half pint jars. A few videos I watched showed some good success with cream cheese but cheddar's seem to change a bit in texture and become a bit ...
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Aged cheese allergy, what would be a good substitution?

I am allergic to parmesean cheese - any aged cheese really (due to the mold created from the aging process). However, I can eat blue cheese. I'm making a ricotta gnocchi that calls for parmesan. What ...
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Mexican style taco cheese

So I know these cheeses are a blend of yellow and white cheddar as well as some Monterey Jack (sometimes pepper jack), but do you know what seasonings are used to make these taco style shredded cheese ...
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What cheese to use for homemade Sicilian pizza so it does not dry in the oven?

I followed the recipe from Serious Eats to make Sicialian Pizza at home. http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2011/01/easy-no-roll-no-stretch-sicilian-style-square.html Everything was good except for ...
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How to prevent cheese and certain other products from stinking up my fridge?

Certain food products have a very strong odor, that may not seem annoying at all when I buy them, but become very much apparent after I keep them in the fridge for a few hours. For example these ...
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Vacuum-packed cheese question (botulism)

Vacuum-packed cheese, stored in refrigerator for awhile (2-3 weeks), then placed in freezer. Cheddar and Provolone. Any risks, especially in regards to botulism...opinions sought. Never heard about ...
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How does aging affect Gouda cheese?

I'm particularly interested in how aged Gouda will melt compared to young Gouda, but I'm interested in what happens to its flavor as well. I live in the US and have never actually tasted aged Gouda. ...
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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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Romano vs Parmesan in Cacio e Pepe?

I've tried making Cacio e Pepe a few times, using a recipe from America's Test Kitchen. In Cacio e Pepe, you boil pasta in a limited amount of water, then mix some of the hot starchy water with grated ...
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Why did my “goat cheese espuma” flop?

I recently got myself an iSi Creative Whip and have been having a lot of fun playing around with it. Tonight I tried one of iSi's recipes, which uses the following ingredients: 250 g goat cheese ...
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How much does potato starch affect a cheese sauce recipe?

I'm following this recipe for making cheese sauce: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HRJgQdOGWZ8 While purchasing the ingredients I noticed something about pre-shredded cheese versus a block (Kraft ...
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Seeking a creamy/melty Swiss Cheese commonly available in the US

My next kitchen project is killer Reuben sandwiches with all of the components homemade (home corned beef, homemade sauerkraut, homemade dressing, fresh homemade sourdough rye bread). The one thing I ...
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How to stop oil separating from cheese

I cooked something yesterday similar to a potato Gratin using a cheese sauce. I noticed afterwards that the oil from the cheese had separated and after serving it up, there was a pool of orangey oil ...
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Why does melted asiago impart a strong numbing mouthfeel?

I've put asiago in a couple dishes as of late (mac and cheese as well as a risotto) and always tend to get a strong taste accompanied by an almost ... numbing sensation in the mouth. Is this normal of ...
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What is the closest substitute for the cheese in urnebes?

Urnebes is a Serbian salad that contains cheese. Searching for recipes for said salad, I noticed that there are a lot of difference in the chosen cheese. Some say feta, some say cottage cheese, some ...
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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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“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 prevent filled pretzels from blowing out?

A little while ago I made cream cheese and jalapeno filled pretzels. I used a standard, mall-style, pretzel dough. The filling was cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and minced jalapenos. The dough ...
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How much foreign substance can I add to processed cheese?

Recently, I decided to make myself a soup with a new kind of cheese nockerln. For the nockerln, I wanted to make nut-mushroom cheese. I used roughly equal amounts of emmentaler, portobellos (pureed) ...
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What is an appropriate humidity for separating curds and whey?

Does anyone have guidelines for an appropriate humidity for separating curds and whey to make cheese (I'm doing it from kefir)? Specific temperatures are available, but sources I've seen just throw in ...
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What do I do with all this cheese?

Last week, a friend helped us out with a trip to Costco (long story, we didn't have time to cook, or grocery shop for a couple of days), and while she got us some really good stuff, one of the things ...
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What are the four cheeses generally used in“four-cheese” pizzas?

In common consumer pizza, microwave and bake-at-home pizzas are often advertised as four-cheese pizzas. What are these four cheeses, traditionally? Do different brands use different mixes, or does ...
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Is cheese a condiment? (Burgers, sandwiches, etc)

I work at a restaurant and got a request for no condiments on a burger. I took that to include cheese as well as ketchup, mustard, etc. The customer was not pleased and requested his money back. So ...
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How can I prevent the cheese on my homemade pizza from hardening too soon?

I am on my road to perfecting thin crust pizza, but a major problem is that about 5 to 10 minutes after getting it out of the oven the cheese begins to congeal and harden, making my homemade pizza ...
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Käsespätzle like the ones in Bavaria

I'm really impressed how here in Bavaria people can cook some delicious things... Well I fell in love with Käsespätzle. I keep having trouble making them just like at the restaurant, where no matter ...
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Can we (safely?) use salmon after storing it (in deep freeze?) for two years or more?

I'm from Poland (in case there is no such thing in other countries) and a few days ago I bought a quark cheese mixed with salmon and some herbs, produced by some German milk factory for one of local ...
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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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Can cheese be sculpted?

Could anyone offer some tips on how to sculpt or mold a large piece of cheddar into a knight of the realm. I have tried on a smaller piece but the cheese tends to crumple and doesn't seem sculpt in ...
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Deep freezing paneer (cottage cheese)?

I have a packet of cottage cheese ( paneer ) and it advises me not to deep freeze it? I cant understand why. Any help? I had it deep frozen right from the time I bought it. It is also 3 days past its ...
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What is the type of cheese in “chips and cheese” UK fast-food? (with photos)

I went to England a few years ago for a couple months. I took pictures of a fast-food dish, "chips and cheese" that is uncommon where I live. More than that, the taste of the cheese intrigued me. The ...
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Off taste from refrigerating cheese?

Every time we get a extra large block of cheese, by the time we get to the end of the brick, what's left gets an off taste, from being in the refrigerator so long after opening the package. The price ...
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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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Can you and how do you melt quark cheese into bechamel?

I would like to try to make quark cheese sauce for pasta, but I'm not confident I can make the cheese melt properly as I've never done it before. What I would like to use specifically is the Polish ...
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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?