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

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Baking granbarksost (spruce bark cheese) (Brie) with little mould

We have this amazing cheese from Sweden just like Brie cheese but surrounded by tree bark and meant for baking. Should I remove the little bits of green mould from the outside of the cheese before ...
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What characteristics decide what cheese works well with what dish? [closed]

While ingredients are a matter of taste, there are some physical and chemical characteristics of cheese that objectively make it a more "Recommended" choice for a type of dish. I believe the ...
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What cheeses work well for pizza that will be refrigerated and reheated?

I make pizza pretty frequently, and I always have leftovers. I have a few go-to crust recipes that reheat well after being refrigerated, but I'm never happy with the cheese upon reheating. Usually I ...
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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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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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Preserving cheese sandwich

I'm curious about an effective method of preserving a cheese sandwich. I'm looking to prepare them as far ahead of use as possible. I've considered various alternatives but it's not really clear ...
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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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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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What can I use as a replacement for ricotta or cottage cheese in a lasagna?

I really cannot take the texture of ricotta or cottage cheese in food, to the point where I will gag when it is in my mouth. However, most of the recipes I have seen for lasagna involve using one or ...
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How long will a wheel of cheese keep? [duplicate]

I am planning to go up to Vermont this spring to visit Jasper Hill Farms and Shelburne Farms to buy a wheel of cheese each from their cheddar houses. Once I cut into the wheel, how long before it goes ...
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Vegan alternative to Mozzarella

I'm familiar with many fine vegan cheeses, ranging from cream-cheese to Camambert. Undoubtedly much progress has been made in this area in recent years. The one (important) cheese I have yet to find a ...
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How long can microwavable dinners containing meat and cheese be left out of the freezer for? [duplicate]

I purchased some microwavable Stouffers with Salisbury steak and macaroni and cheese. Unfortunately I left them on my kitchen counter over night without remembering to place them in the freezer. They ...
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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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What to serve at a cheese tasting? [closed]

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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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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Is it possible to mature shop-bought hard cheese?

Is there a way in which I can continue the maturation process for blocks of shop-bought cheddar (or other hard) cheese of around 190g "packed in a protective atmosphere". The cheese is too bland for ...
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How can I make my cheese sauce creamier?

I made my cheese sauce with pre-shredded cheese (first problem I know), milk and butter. I tried to make a roux but without the flour I think I made it fail. To make the cheese sauce, I put milk and ...
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What's this “pucker” style hole on my cheese grater for?

Ok, this picture has two sort of weird looking holes, but the one I'm asking about is on the left side of the picture - the metal sort-of puckers up, like it's been punched through from the back ...
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How about a Gouda soufflé?

I'm a huge fan of Gouda and I've always wondered how it would be going into a cheese soufflé. But has anyone ever tired it? All these recipes call for other types of cheese.
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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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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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Subsitutions for Monterey Jack cheese in the UK

At one point in the US I had some Monterey Jack cheese which was tangy and yummy and delicious. Here in the UK they also sell cheese labelled "Monterey Jack" but it is bland and tasteless and ...
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How can I find out how to make clothbound cheddar cheese?

I am interested in learning more about the processes of making clothbound cheddar cheese as it is done in Somerset, England. In the United States I like the clothbound cheddar made by Jasper Hill ...
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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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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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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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Can I substitute mascarpone for ricotta?

I have left over mascarpone that I don't want to waste
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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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What can I substitute for Gruyère in quiche lorràine?

Gruyère cheese is too expensive here and I want make quiche lorràine. Is there some other cheese that I could substitute for the gruyère that would preserve the original flavor?
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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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Crumbly cheddar

I have recently tried a new cheddar and it is very crumbly, much more so than my usual go-to cheddar, which is Cabot/Jasper Hill clothbound. Is it just inevitable that some better quality cheddars ...
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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 to fully incorporate cream cheese with pumpkin puree?

I have tried to incorporate softened cream cheese with pumpkin puree and it's never fully incorporated - small bits of cream cheese are left in the mix. How can this be prevented? I've tried 2 ...
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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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If I leave brie in my fridge for two weeks, will it still taste as good? [duplicate]

Can you refrigerate Brie cheese for about two weeks unopened and expect it to still be as good? I have a round of it and it does not smell or anything. I kept it at a certain temp.
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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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Black Diamond cheddar, wedge not wheel

I bought some Black Diamond cheddar today and it came in a large wedge of black wax. By large I mean it was maybe 12" x 8" x 8" thick. A really big wedge. Also, it looked like it was not cut from a ...
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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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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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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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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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Why is cheese never used in Americanized Chinese food?

While working weekends in an Americanized Chinese food restaurant I realized while many ingredients are used, no dishes contain cheese. This seems to be the case for every chinese dish I have ever ...
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How to tell if cheese is vegetarian?

I do not eat farmed animals, including animal rennet, which is used in making many kinds of cheese. Cheeses here in the U.S. vary in what they use as curdling agent and I have seen the following ...
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Why did my mozzarella turn out like ricotta?

I bought my wife a mozzerella kit for christmas, and we tried to make it last night. We followed the directions pretty closely. I supposed we could have removed a bit more whey at some early steps. It ...
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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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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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Why does cheese sometimes slide off my pizza and how can I prevent it?

I eat pizza constantly and have noticed that one of the most annoying pizza properties is cheese sliding. You take a bite and all the cheese is dragged off and often swings down and burns your chin ...
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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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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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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 ...