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

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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 result?...
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How to predict what the final result of a recipe will weigh?

I have a recipe for a mascarpone substitute. How much does that recipe make? I need a pound's worth, so I don't know if that will be a enough or is too much. Here is the recipe: 1 16 oz block of ...
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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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Cheese making, acidic whey, denatured protein

I wish to know. Does protein in acidic whey gets denatured and is it unfit for consumption. By acidic whey I mean whey which was made through citric acid as splitting agent for making panner(cottage ...
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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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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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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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How best to store cheese long term?

I like cheese. It's delicious. Sometimes it goes on a huge sale and it's a lot cheaper than normal. I want to be able to stock up in these times. I am wondering what the best way to store cheese is ...
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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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Can crumbled feta cheese last almost a year?

This question talks about feta cheese in a brine or milk bath lasting up to three months. What about crumbled feta? I was looking through the fridge, and found a 1/2 pound open container of crumbled ...
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Failing to make mozzarella

So i've taken it on me to make fresh mozzarella. I've read up on the task in some articles and with multiple recipes but for some reason I never succeed. The seperated curds always stay little crumbs ...
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How do I convert volume to weight for soft cheeses like ricotta and mascarpone?

Ricotta and mascarpone are messy to measure in measuring cups, so I'd rather use a scale. How much does one cup of each weigh?
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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 cheese....
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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?
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How can I bake these cheese and pimento rolls so they're not gummy inside?

I'm using a recipe for rough puff/quick puff pastry as the dough. The filling is cheddar cheese and pimentos. After baking at 350 degrees F for about 35 minutes, they are a little over done on the ...
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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 what'...
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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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40lb.round of opened grana padano cheese

I bought a 80lb. round of Grano Padano cheese and had it opened horizontally to use 1/2 of it for wedding. We "chunked" out a good portion of the center so the guests could nibble on it while tasting ...
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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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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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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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Are the white crystals on my American Cheese safe to eat?

I have some American Cheese with fine white crystals on the outside of each slice. They have a gritty texture. Is this a sign that the cheese is spoiled, or just lactic acid salts like aged 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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How long spreadable cheedar cheese lasts [duplicate]

I am wondering how long refrigerated spreadable cheddar cheese lasts unopened in the fridge
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What's the point of “cheese alternative” that has dairy in it?

I was at Trader Joe's again, and I bought this cheese alternative. Being hungry out of my mind, the thought to check the ingredients never crossed it. Now I, a vegan, am stuck with having to eat a "...
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Cheaper alternative to parmesan cheese?

The parmesan cheese in pasta recipe is quite expensive.....do we have cheaper alternative?? Are there are cheddar cheese which can replace parmesan cheese?
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What is the optimal method for making box macaroni and cheese?

I have two young children (3 and 4.5), who both love Kraft Macaroni And Cheese, or similar variants. As a child, I also loved it, and between the two I've made a few hundred batches, at least. ...
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Why does my ricotta cheese go bad in a few days?

No matter if I buy my ricotta by weight or by package it goes bad (funky smell, the puddle of cheese water gets grainy, some yellow tint on the sides of the cheese, losing its mellow sweet taste) ...
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Crumbly cheddar

I love cheddar cheese. One of my favorite types is Cabot Clothbound which is made by Jasper Hill Farm. Usually when I get it, the cheese is nice and flaky, but other times it is crumbly. It seems to ...
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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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Why did my ricotta cheese did not completely melt in the Alfredo?

Today I sauteed a quarter cup mushrooms in 3 tbsp butter and added 250ml cream. Everything was set for me to add the ricotta and finish the Alfredo, but it only partly melted. Beyond a certain point, ...
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When can I not substitute Romano for Parmesan?

I noticed that good Romano costs 1/3 as much as good Parmesan. I know that Romano is aged much less than Parmesan is and that accounts for the difference in cost. However, the flavors of the two are ...
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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 side. ...
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How do I recognize whether a Gorgonzola has gone bad?

Is there any way to know when moldy cheese (in my case, Gorgonzola) is no longer good to eat, without trying it? Mine is about three weeks old and I really can't tell any difference.
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How can I melt cheese for dipping?

I love dipping things like pretzels in melted cheese. I've done this lots of times at fairs and other places with 'pretzel carts', but I've never been able to replicate it myself at home. Whenever I ...
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How to cut the wax from this cheese?

(I am new to Europe so please forgive me for being not knowing). I have this cheese I asked here before how to eat it and people answered me, but when it comes to real life I had a problem ...
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A recipe inspired by Brat cheese sauce/Cooking in Wine

I followed a recipe to the effect of: boil Brat sausages in 24 ounces of beer remove sausages (do not drain the beer), pan fry or grill them add 2 c. sharp cheddar, and 1 package cream cheese to the ...
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How to eat this kind of cheese

I have seen so many of these cheeses but I don't know how to cook or eat them. I am new to Europe, and have never seen this in my country of origin before. Could you tell me how to cook the cheeses? ...
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Do specialty cheese-cutting tools have specific advantages over an ordinary knife?

I cut block cheese (mostly cheddar or muenster) into slices or cubes using an ordinary non-serrated stainless steel knife. I used to use a T-shaped slicer that had a wire and an adjustable roller (for ...
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Cheese Cutting Tools

I have a large gouda cheese wheel that I need to cut first in half, then quarters etc. I have seen cheese wheels broken down using a scoring tool and what appears to be a handled wedge tool. That ...
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What is the best substitute for Provolone?

Having recently bought the Frankies Spuntino Cookbook I want to have a go at making braciola. The recipe calls for pork steaks to be stuffed with pecorino romano and provolone. However, in the UK ...
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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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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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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 ...