While thinking about cheese pricing in terms of real cost helps lessen sticker shock, it doesn't get to the heart of question. It also doesn't address that our cheese (and the milk used to make it) may actually be too cheap. How is that the case? It all comes down to multiplication.
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Everyone knows about "goat cheese," a.k.a. "chèvre." It's white, it's crumbly, and it's always showing up on beet salad thanks to northern California cooks in the '80s. But it's only the beginning of the goat cheese story. Here are 10 others worth your time.
Sheep milk tastes...sheepy, but it's also good to know that sheep milk has nearly twice the solids (fat and protein) of cow or goat milk. Regardless of a sheep cheese's texture, you can feel the fat in these guys. Opulent and often tangy, sheep cheeses range from subtle and approachable, with an undercurrent of sweetness, to tart and briny, to caramelly and butterscotchy, to piquant and intensely gamey. Here are 10 sheep cheeses to look out for on your next trip to the counter.
One of the questions I'm most frequently asked is, "What cheese do you have at home?" The honest answer is that it's rarely the newest, weirdest offering from some creamery no one's heard of. Most of the time I stick to my greatest hits list, these 10 cheeses.
The story of early American history is also the story of its cheese. And we have the English to thank (or blame) for both.
Lots of people think the West Coast craft cheese industry is a new thing, with pioneers like Cypress Grove and Cowgirl Creamery. But in truth there's a proud and unique cheesemaking tradition there that stretches back over 90 years.
There's a lot more to bubbly than Champagne, and there's a lot more than Brie to pair with it. From prosecco to lambrusco, here are pro cheese pairings for all your sparkling wines.
As the producer of 25% of America's cheese (three billion pounds!), Wisconsin certainly earns its title of America's Dairyland. Most of this output is mass-produced cheese destined for supermarkets. But Wisconsin's—and the rest of the Midwest's—undercurrent of craft cheesemaking is well worth paying attention to. Here is where 4,000 years of European tradition meets American gumption, and the result is some incredible cheese.
Holidays, despite the food excesses, are a time of restraint. So if you're making a cheese plate, keep it simple: five cheeses, two accompaniments. But what cheese? And how much should you buy? Everything you need to know after the jump.
Though the South is home to many delicacies, a longstanding cheese-making tradition isn't among them. But that's starting to change, and while cheesemakers are following all kinds of roads to cheese, the region's particular climate makes for some interesting commonalities among its increasingly delicious cheeses.
Pairing cured meat and cheese isn't that hard, but get the most out of your pairing, it helps to know some general principles.
Sheep's milk can (and is) made into every style of cheese under the sun. But beyond versatility, sheep cheese has several particular qualities worth learning about as you navigate the cheese case.
Back in the day, if you wanted quality mozzarella, you needed to import it from Italy. But imported mozz loses its tender, fresh flavor and texture quickly, which is why these days, the best cheese might lie closer to home.
Real "Swiss" cheese—from the alpine region of Switzerland, Austria, and southern Germany, is a whole different story from what you'll find in your deli case.
Let's delve into cheese-making fundamentals to see how four simple ingredients (milk, cultures, rennet/coagulant, and salt) can produce a seemingly infinite number of cheeses.
Blue cheese, even carefully made, quality examples, rarely gets its due. But it has more going on than raw salt and pungency.
Many of the best known cheeses in the world—Cheddar, Parmigiano Reggiano, "Swiss" (aka Emmenthaler) are firm to hard in texture. But their flavors can be radically different. So how do hard cheeses wind up this way—different from the limpid Bries, but also from one another?
Washed rind cheese is a broad but distinctive category of gloriously stinky curd. The telltale signs include a moist or sticky exterior, some variety of reddish-orange rind, and profound aromas reminiscent of often-unmentionable things—sweaty feet and barnyard animals figure prominently.
For the second installment of our Cheese 101 series, Liz tackles the wide and wonderful world of bloomy cheeses, which include some of the most beloved wheels out there.
Our new cheese columnist kicks off our Cheese 101 series with a look at the wide world of fresh milk cheeses, which includes mozzarella, paneer, goat cheese, and feta.