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

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Why does Swiss Cheese have holes?

I've always enjoyed eating cheese. Just getting that out of the way. I've never quite figured out why Swiss Cheese has holes! I mean, I can understand different shapes like round, square, triangular - ...
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Overwhelmed by cheese

I have been trying to improve my skills in the kitchen by watching some professional chefs on television, I have a serious problem though, many of the recipes they describe contain different kinds of ...
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Ultimate Grilled Cheese : Keeping it together

Maybe it's called something else, but to me a grilled cheese sandwich with extra stuff in it is an "ultimate". The extra stuff I'm referring to is generally tomato, onion (thin sliced raw or grilled) ...
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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 do I make a cheese, sausage, cracker spread?

I'm not sure what types of cheeses, crackers, sausages are needed for a holiday spread. What types of cheeses and sausages are acceptable use for this type of thing? What will give me a decent ...
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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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How do you prepare Brie?

My son enjoys the Brie that comes with the cheese plate at Starbucks. That cheese has a mild aroma. So I picked up some Brie from the market and it has a strong smell. Is there a way to prepare ...
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My Cheese Melted while in the Fridge?

I have a sandwich that says "sell by 11/4". The sandwich is white bread, provolone cheese, turkey breast, and some lettuce wrapped in a plastic bag. I went to go eat the sandwich today and found that ...
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How long does it take for unopened cheese to go bad?

I bought one of those blocks of Dubliner cheese (at Costco, sealed relatively well in wax paper) and left it in my car all afternoon and overnight by mistake. Given that it is unopened and the ...
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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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How to marinate cheese

In the answers to this question http://cooking.stackexchange.com/questions/8624/jerk-vegetable one of the suggestions is to marinate some cheese. This is not something I have heard of before. I was ...
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Parmesan regiano substitute

What would be an appropriate substitute for parmesan (parmagiano reggiano) in a recipe?
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Cheap cheese is tasteless. Can I make it tastier in my mac and cheese?

I used to make mac and cheese with cheddar. Like many, I'm cutting costs due to the recession and I'm buying the cheapest cheese I can find. The problem is, when I make macaroni with it, it's just ...
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How long can hard cheeses last in a refrigerator?

I had chunks of various hard cheeses, mostly parmesan, in my refrigerator for varying lengths of time. Some as long as 3+ months. I've never seen any obvious signs of spoilage and have never been ...
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issues with mexican restaurant-style white cheesedip

Recently I was trying to replicate the Mexican Restaurant-style white cheese dip that can be found in mexican restaurants around the south east United States. (Specifically I was thinking of the ...
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How to stuff bread puffs (Gougeres)

The other day someone delighted me to a Stuffed Gougere. Mind you, I've made these delicacies at least 50 times, I've never figured out a way to stuff them without either ruining the crust, the puff, ...
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Is there a way to recover hardened Pecorino Romano?

I've had a wedge of Pecorino Romano wrapped in plastic wrap in the fridge for a while. There are many of you out there that probably have had the same problem. :) I actually cut a small piece and ...
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Why is my mac 'n' cheese grainy?

I need to make a large batch (to serve 30) of mac 'n' cheese, and rather than bothering with my standard roux - cheese sauce, I thought maybe I could cheat with a short cut. I dug up an old recipe ...
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Why does my omelet with Velveeta froth up in the microwave?

I like to make a quick cheese omelet in the microwave, in a bowl (no pans to clean up). I had the technique working well, but one day switched from shredded cheese to some Velveeta. The amount of ...
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Why do so many cheeses have artificial ingredients?

Here in Europe (and perhaps only in Spain) I've noticed that most of the cheeses (hard and soft, but more often hard) contain a interesting list of artificial additives in the ingredient list: ...
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Why does my Velveeta queso dip get clumpier the longer it stays in the microwave?

I had a bizarre experience with Velveeta this past weekend and was hoping you all could help me out. I bought a block of Velveeta and some Rotel canned tomatoes to make a queso dip. I microwaved the ...
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How to make the pasta in this TV show (Anthony Bourdain in Rome)?

I'm talking about the one served on a parmesan crust bowl, but that's not all. Besides the parmesan bowl (they only showed the chef melting grated parmesan and then molding it), what kind of pepper ...
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Can you freeze cheese and still keep the flavor when you defrost it?

I was thinking in particular about Brie because of its soft texture...
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Suggestions for Brie + Bread + Preserves

I've now tried two different types of Brie cheese from my grocery store. The first was a triple cream version which was very mild and nice. The second was a "Rich and Buttery" (whatever that is ...
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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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How do I make my cheese “crackers” less greasy?

To provide my diabetic guests with a low-carb option for dipping, I make cheddar cheese "crackers" by melting small mounds of cheddar on a silpat at 400° F. Once the cheese has started to bubble ...
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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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Why is my cheese sauce gritty?

Sometimes when making a very simple cheese sauce (butter, flour, milk, cheese [cheddar, usually]), the final sauce has a sort of gritty or slightly pebbly texture (rather than smooth) - it seems like ...
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How much fat does “low fat” cheese have?

I was wondering how low is a "low" in low-fat cheese. It can't be 0%, because then cheese wouldn't exist, right? :) In my country, there's something called "fresh cheese", and fat percentages are in ...
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Is there a difference between Brie & Camembert?

I was listening to a program on Radio NZ where the broadcaster claimed that apart from size there was no difference? It's almost like today we put a brie label on and tomorrow a camembert one. Is this ...
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Parmesan rind: should I use it, or trash it?

I grate my own Parmesan cheese (and others). When I get down to the rind, I usually throw it out. Is there a use for it?
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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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Are you supposed to eat the rind of Brie cheese?

I've heard that it's OK to eat this, but I think it tastes gross. Are you really supposed to?
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How do you make paneer?

I've seen the ingredient list of a brand of paneer with an ingredient list of: Milk, Citric Acid. Ok, so what is the process from there? I have a few specific questions: What kind of milk do you ...
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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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Cheeses for pastas, off the beaten path

I'm looking for some cheese recommendations to serve grated or shredded over pasta. However I'd like to get away from the obvious ones that everybody knows, such as parmesan, mozarella, ricotta, or ...
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Fondue without Gruyere cheese

Can you give me some good tips how to prepare Fondue without Gruyere/Racclete cheese? Do you know good recipes based on Gouda or other cheeses?
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What is a substitute for mascarpone cheese?

I've found mascarpone cheese can be pricey. What would be a good (in taste and price) substitute?
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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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Quickest, and safest way, to bring milk to boil

So I made homemade cottage cheese yesterday that had me cook the milk until it was just about to boil. I had it on the stove for at least half an hour because I didn't want it to start boiling the one ...
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What is the effect of using pasteurized milk in cheese making?

I am new to cheese making and I do not want to use raw milk to make cheese for health reasons. So, my next option is to use pasteurized milk. However, since pasteurization destroys some of the ...
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How can I grate soft cheeses?

Sometimes I need to shred a block of a soft cheese such as mozzarella, or cheddar. When I use my grater, the cheese starts to get kind of chunky as I'm grating it. I end up wasting a lot of cheese ...
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Is there a way to grate a block of cheese entirely without hurting one's fingers or knuckles?

You know the scenario: You grate the cheddar until you're left with a quarter-inch. What do you do? Try to grate it and risk cutting your knuckles, or pop it in your mouth and enjoy? Usually I do the ...
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I want to make my own cheese. How do I get started?

I've seen people do their own mozzarella and it seemed easy. Any tips on how to get started (equipment, ingredients, recipes)? What about blue cheese and other stronger cheeses?
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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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Onion soup: How to chop the onion and what kind of cheese to put in it?

What is your preferred type of cut for the onion in onion soup? And how do you put the cheese? A deep chunk submerged in each plate, on top? What kind of cheese do you like?
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What vegan substitutes are available for cheese?

Suppose I want a cheesy-tasting sauce that is vegan. How could I obtain this flavor (or something close to it) without using any actual milk or cheese?