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

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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. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T%C3%BAr%C3%...
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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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Romano vs Parmesan in Cacio e Pepe?

I've tried making Cacio e Pepe a few times, using a recipe from America's Test Kitchen. In Cacio e Pepe, you boil pasta in a limited amount of water, then mix some of the hot starchy water with grated ...
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Nigari coagulant for non-cultured dairy cheese?

I have used Nigari to make tofu and it works great. Can it be used to make non-cultured dairy cheese as well (mozzarella, feta, paneer, etc.)? I looked online and didn't find examples.
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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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How can I mellow the taste of this goat cheese

Two days ago, I bought a goat cheese. It looked white and rectangular, it didn't had a particular name, and because it was in plastic I couldn't smell it. I got home, opened it, and wrapped it in ...
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Aligot's texture is off - too solid, not runny/liquid enough

I made some aligot, which is, kinda, sorta, like a mashed potatoes fondue, minus the wine and plus... a lot of heavy cream. boil 1.5# potatoes, rice them, add 1 cup heavy cream, work it in, lot, then ...
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Using Parmesan rind in tomato sauce: how to remove it all before serving?

I use Parmesan rind in my sauces and soups – it adds a wonderful depth. My problem, particularly with the chunky tomato sauce I like to make, is removing the rind before serving. The rind doesn't ...
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What does egg do for baked grated cheese?

Here's a recipe for baked cheese bites. Is that what would call those? It mixes 200g grated cheese, 2 eggs, 2 tsp baking powder. I note that the surface has some smooth blisters in among the grate ...
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Cheese cookie doughs and proportions

Cheese cookie recipes I looked at use varying ingredients and ratios. Having never baked before, I'd like to know what those do to the result and what the gamut of workable variation in proportions is....
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Avoiding clumps in cacio e pepe?

I've been trying to make a very basic three-ingredient cacio e pepe over the last few days and have found it difficult to create a smooth, creamy sauce. I'm using only two cups of microplane-grated ...
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How can I make a roux-based cheese sauce ahead of time?

I have promised to prepare several dishes ahead of time for Thanksgiving this year and most of them are well-documented on how to prepare ahead of time: bread rolls, mashed potatoes, etc. However, one ...
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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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Can I eat cheese which has been "infected" with blue cheese mold?

Recently, I bought two pieces of cheese - St. Agur and Pyrenean cheese. They were cut from wheels, not pre-packaged. At home, I removed the foil and placed them in the same plastic container in the ...
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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 does processed (American style) cheese alter a traditional cheese sauce made with a roux?

I am about to make a cheese sauce for a tuna pasta bake from the remnants of cheese in my refrigerator. Apart from the regular cheddar, I also have some processed (American style) cheese. I have ...
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Soft goat cheese as pizza topping without mess

I use soft unripened goat cheese as a pizza topping. I prefer it over crumbled goat cheese for these reasons: Soft goat cheese browns easier, melts easier, and has stronger flavour/tang compared to ...
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How do you clean cheesecloth?

Do you only rinse it with water and accept stains? Boil it? Soak it in bleach? Put it in the washing machine? Put it in the dishwasher? Are they disposable?
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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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Cheese Extract - How to Use it?

I've recently bought cheese extract (or essence - the seller didn't know the difference and the bottle says 'cheese flavour' and smells like a room full of cheddar). I've never used it before but ...
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Understanding cold-blended cheese dip being runny but setting overnight

I made a cheese dip by blending sour cream with soft goat cheese and some flavorings. The sour cream was mildly firm; blending did not warm up the mixture. It came out as a liquid. I set it up to ...
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Shredded cheese goes bad left out when...? [duplicate]

I had just bought three, 2 lb shredded bags of cheese. Power outage while we were gone for 3 days. Weather in area was very warm. Frig was never opened until our return, however it was not cold in ...
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Will lemon in a cheese dip work like melting salt?

I was looking at recipes for cheese dips and sauces. One of them mentioned that the specified lemon juice would make it 'markedly' more digestible. (The recipe is for Nacho dip (in German) and uses 1 ...
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How to make Kraft Mac and Cheese Like Ihop

Ihop recently stopped serving their Kraft Mac and Cheese in my area. I have made Kraft Mac and Cheese myself from the box following the instructions, but it never takes as good as the mac and cheese ...
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How does kraft mac and cheese or velveeta get that tangy flavor?

I'm on a mission to recreate boxed mac and cheese or velveeta shells and cheese. I've used sodium citrate to make a creamy cheese emulsion from normal cheese. However, I feel that my sauce still lacks ...
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How to order cheeses by strength for a cheese tasting event?

I read on https://www.northlightfoods.com/blog/2015/12/15/host-your-own-cheese-tasting-party: Organize your cheese tasting order from mildest cheese to strongest cheese. That's a typical advice I ...
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Why does mass-produced cheddar cheese vary from package to package?

My question is about commercially mass-produced cheddar cheese sold in vacuum-sealed plastic packaging. The particular variety is a medium-age marble. I find that sometimes, when a package is freshly ...
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Are mascarpone and clotted cream the same thing?

When serving some mascarpone with French toast to my mother, she exclaimed: "Oh, this is the clotted cream I had when I was a little girl!" Are mascarpone and clotted cream the same thing? If not, ...
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Pre-treatment of wet mozzarella balls to reduce moisture for pizzas - thoughts on method?

During my journeys of homemade pizza making I've come across the classic problem of it coming out as a wet mess, due to excess moisture of the toppings. A prime culprit of this was my use of ...
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Why is the outside of grilled cheese buttered?

Most grilled cheese recipes call for the outward faces of bread to be buttered, while the inside faces have the cheese inserted. However, this tends to cause your hands to become very oily when eating ...
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What is a good substitute for cheddar powder?

I’m making cheddar popcorn and most, if not all, call for cheddar powder that has to be ordered online. This is more of a project/curiosity, so I’d like to try with something I have on hand first. I ...
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Why won't my pizza cheese brown?

I'm trying to make pizza that's comparable to ones you get at restaurants. It's pretty good, but it's lacking those classic brown spots on the cheese. I'm using pre-shredded mozzarella cheese, so I ...
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Fish and cheese: An unbreakable rule?

I always wondered about this seemingly static rule: Never add cheese (especially, but not limited to parmigiano reggiano) to a dish with fish. Italians would never, ever add parmigiano reggiano ...
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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 much penne pasta for 10 trays (20x12)

I need to make 10 large party trays (20x12) of baked pasta with three kinds of cheese for 200 people. Please suggest the following: How many lbs of pasta I will need per tray? tips to make/boil such ...
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Vacuum-packed cheese question (botulism)

Vacuum-packed cheese, stored in refrigerator for awhile (2-3 weeks), then placed in freezer. Cheddar and Provolone. Any risks, especially in regards to botulism...opinions sought. Never heard about ...
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Why did this fondue become grainy and lumpy?

We made some fondue the other night, and instead of being a nice smooth dippable fondue texture, it came out grainy and lumpy. What went wrong? Here's the recipe that we used: 1 clove garlic 3/4 ...
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What's the optimal temperature to dry cheese using oven or dehydrator?

I want to make a dried cheese powder to use as seasoning and, if possible, extend shelf life and reduce weight. I don't have a freeze dryer so I'll need to use air for that. Problem with using ...
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Is there a known point of origin for Brined Cheeses?

Heavily brined cheeses, such as feta, akkawi, haloumi, and sirene are popular throughout the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East. It is difficult, however, to find good information on where the ...
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Why is my package of cheese blown up like a balloon [closed]

This is a package of balderson old cheese,the package has ballooned up. Is it safe to eat? The expiry date is Nov.2021
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How can I determine protein content of random cottage cheeses at home?

I'm currently in the Republic of Georgia, and locals sell farmer cottage cheeses at the markets. These cheeses are albumin-based "nadugi" and casein-based "hacho". No nutritional ...
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Can warm pecorino grow listeria?

So my mom ordered some pecorino Romano and it came wrapped in insulated bags, foil and ice packs that had melted. The cheese appeared wet inside the vacuum sealed bag Can pecorino grow listeria after ...
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What's the science behind citrate's emulsifying power in cheese sauces?

Given citric and tartaric acid can help make a good fondue, how on earth does the non-acidic citrate work? What's the exact science behind sodium citrate? Do they all work by removing the effects of ...
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What are the dark brown streaks on the surface of the cheese that suddenly appeared within one day?

The cheese was stored in the refrigerator. On the previous day none of the brown streaks were there and some cheese was cut off with a knife.
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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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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 is difference between Greek and Danish feta cheese?

I see both version and was wondering what the difference between the two is?
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How can I melt mozzarella balls?

Basically, I am trying to melt mozzarella on top of bread. I've tried both pan and microwave, but it doesn't seem to work out. I also tried to heat the balls separately in a microwave, but even that ...
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Why are my cheese curds not well-knitted after pressing?

I've made several cheeses at home following a cheddar recipe. After I've aged the cheeses and cut them open, I'm usually finding that the cheese has a somewhat spongy, open texture with small visible ...
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How is Paneer Melting in Cheena Poda dessert?

In this (16:09) Video the Master Chef Chintan Pandya has made a delicious dessert "Cheena Poda" in which the cheena (Paneer) seems to melt. Which is not possible because while making paneer ...

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