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

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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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What is the rind of Brie cheese made of?

We were eating brie cheese last night, and someone asked if the rind was edible. I was tempted to say "yes, it's not plastic". But then I realized that while it doesn't look like plastic or wax, I ...
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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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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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Cheese Reference Book [closed]

I am looking for a "bible" on cheeses around the world (although, specifically Europe). A recent trip to Paris led me to find this book in a (very good) cheese shop "Le Guide des Gourmets Fromage" - ...
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How can I stop my cheese seizing?

Quite a few recipes require tossing cheese with some hot ingredient until it melts (like pasta), or melting cheese into something (sauce, soup, etc.). Usually this works fine, but sometimes the ...
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Can you really keep feta for 3 months in a milk bath?

I just came across some instructions on how to store feta cheese, mentioning you can keep it for about 3 months in the fridge in a brine or milk bath: Store the cheese in a brine or milk bath ...
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Raw milk curdling in microwave

Why is it that every time I try to heat raw milk in a microwave it curdles and becomes like ricotta after a few seconds?
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How do I make paneer firm and chewy like in the restaurant?

Recently I've taken a liking to Indian cuisine and am trying to replicate the curry experience at home. The biggest problem I'm having is with the paneer cheese, which is used in curries I like the ...
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How to pair cheese with wine?

It is common knowledge that cheese goes well with wine. However, the choice of which sort of cheese to pair with which wine seems an arcane discipline. Are there some easy, logical rules to follow? ...
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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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Chocolate-Flavored Cheese

Would it be feasible to make a chocolate-flavored cheese? The idea that originally occurred to me was the use of chocolate milk for this purpose, but I'm not sure that's the best solution. Does this ...
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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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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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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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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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Tasty vs Mild vs Mature Cheddar Cheese

I expect Cheddar to come in Semi-matured, Matured and Vintage. Each indicating increasing amount of time maturing, and increased sharpness. The term Mild also makes sense. However, alot of cheese, ...
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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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How to make a Hungarian Túró Rudi at home?

I want to make some Túró Rudi for a Hungarian friend. Túró Rudi is a chocolate sweet available to buy in Hungary, and vast numbers are sold every year. ...
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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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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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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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Is it possible to make yogurt and cheese from spoiled milk?

I get raw milk and to somehow pasteurize it, I boil it. The milk strongly curdled showing that it is spoiled and rotten (definitely, not suitable for drinking). Is it totally bad milk and I should ...
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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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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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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 store Parmesan cheese?

I recently lucked into about 4 lbs of a delicious Parmesan. Sadly it's already in 4 pieces, and so I'm pretty sure its going to be more prone to spoilage than a single large chunk. How does one go ...
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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 ...