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

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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 pressed cottage cheese a different cheese?

Cottage cheese, by definition, is a cheese made by curdling milk using an acid or rennet of some sort, and then draining the whey, but not really going to any great lengths to press out all the ...
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How to thicken bleu cheese dressing?

I tried this bleu cheese dressing: http://www.laurainthekitchen.com/all/episode.php?episodenumber=422&screen=2&sortby=a. It turned out good (not sure if I'd call it great), but it was a bit ...
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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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Can anyone explain the meaning of 2x and 4x brie cheese?

I have seen brie cheese labeled 2X and 4X and would like to know what that means.
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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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Why do stuffed shells recipes include eggs?

I'm making stuffed shells, but I don't have any eggs. All the recipes I can find call for one or two eggs. What is the reason and can I get away without eggs?
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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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Sauce in a sealed jar smells off, has it gone bad?

I just finished eating a lasagne that I cooked for my family with a glass jar of tomato with ricotta, I have to say my family was not impressed. I went back to check the jar and it did not smell good, ...
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Will storing blue cheese with other cheeses make them mold faster? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can I eat cheese which has been “infected” with blue cheese mold? A while ago I got a chunk of blue cheese and stored it in the fridge. A little later, we bought some ...
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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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Finding a balanced cheese table

I am a newbie in this area and I know it is a challenging one. The cheese table can have any type of cheeses. So I have been thinking about milk cheeses, blue cheeses and normal cheeses that can be ...
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Why would a pregnant woman not be able to eat soft cheeses? [closed]

I just finished preparing a wedding today and one of the specs was that the bride (who is pregnant) was unable to eat certain types of cheese. Goat cheese, Brie, and Camembert were all no-no's but ...
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I have an unopened package of mozzeralla cheese that is a month past it's “Best By” date, is it safe to eat? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the sign of mozzarella being old? It's vacuum sealed, and the cheese looks fresh. Is a month a big deal?
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What actual effect does a Parmesean rind added to soup have?

The answers to this question state that adding a Parmesan rind to a cooking soup will add a cheesy flavor to the soup. How much flavor does a rind really add? Does it flavor the soup to a degree ...
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How to recognize that a hard cheese is mouldy?

I have a piece of comte (French hard cheese) open for some time (1 week or so). How do I recognize that it's moldy and therefore not good to eat? There're a thin non-connected layer flour on the piece ...
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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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Cream Cheese vs Yogurt Cheese: what / how much difference does the bacteria make?

This recipe for homemade cream cheese looks extremely similar to making yogurt and then straining it. In fact, the final step for culturing the milk goes: After 12 to 18 hours, the cheese should ...
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Age between mild and sharp

Mild cheddar is 3-4 months old. Sharp cheddar is 1 year old. What do they call the cheese that is between 3-4 months and 1 year?
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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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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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Parmesan Cheese Substitute [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Cheaper alternative to parmesan cheese? What cheese tastes most similar to Parmesan Cheese? Note: I am not looking for a fake-cheese substitute, just a real cheese that ...
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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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How long can milk products be frozen before spoiling? [duplicate]

I made a sauce for macaroni and cheese about 6 months ago and froze the excess sauce. It is basically a bechamel sauce with a fair amount of cheese melted in. I realize that if I thaw and re-heat ...
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Is it okay to prepare “Cannelloni with Spinach” recipe and put it in fridge BEFORE baking?

I'm working on this "Cannelloni with Spinach & Ricotta": http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/pasta-recipes/awesome-spinach-ricotta-cannelloni The last step is bake it for 20-25 minutes. Is it okay ...
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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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Triple batch multipliers [duplicate]

I read on Wikihow that when you double batch that you should multiply seasonings times 1.5, then adjust to taste. Similarly for alcohol, multiply by 1.25. I am writing a story in which one character ...
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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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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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Parmesan regiano substitute

What would be an appropriate substitute for parmesan (parmagiano reggiano) in a recipe?
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Cheese sent via mail

I received a parcel from Europe with cheese. Unfortunately they sent it via surface. It took 6 weeks over to Canada. The Swiss hard cheese was wrapped in plastic foil. No mold has developed and it ...
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Is unopened mascarpone cheese still good if not refrigerated?

I bought a new unopened package of mascarpone cheese yesterday and forgot to put it in the refrigerator overnight. Is it still good to use?
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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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Safe to eat mac 'n' cheese the next day? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How long can I store a food in the pantry, refrigerator, or freezer? I've made mac and cheese. If I put it in the fridge (not freezer) in the original baking dish, ...