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Old 10-20-2008, 08:52 PM   #1
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Cotija Cheese

Okay, so I bought some of this tonight thinking it was "Mexican Melting Cheese" but it doesn't melt. So what is this and should I just take it back? Is there a use for it?? I wanted melting cheese but Lowes Foods didn't have it.

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Old 10-20-2008, 09:49 PM   #2
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I love that cheese!! Think of it like a Mexican feta cheese! Its great on salads, tacos, as any topper!
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Old 10-21-2008, 12:19 AM   #3
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I have been wanting to buy/try this cheese. I'm glad to see this post and Dee's response. I bet it is great on tacos!!!!
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Old 10-21-2008, 07:10 AM   #4
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Okay, so I bought some of this tonight thinking it was "Mexican Melting Cheese" but it doesn't melt. So what is this and should I just take it back? Is there a use for it?? I wanted melting cheese but Lowe's didn't have it.
Your Lowe's must be different than here in Pa. The one here is a home improvement center.
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Old 10-21-2008, 08:53 AM   #5
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Your Lowe's must be different than here in Pa. The one here is a home improvement center.
We have Lowe's Home Improvement stores and Lowes Foods. The food store doesn't have the ' before the s at the end.
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Old 10-21-2008, 08:55 AM   #6
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I have been wanting to buy/try this cheese. I'm glad to see this post and Dee's response. I bet it is great on tacos!!!!
I didn't get a "feta feel" to the cheese at all. It was more like grainy Parmesan than crubbly feta. I love feta, the taste and the texture. This is more like green can Parmesan.
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Old 10-21-2008, 10:32 AM   #7
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I liken Cotija to Parmesan as well - just my opinion - and it can be sprinkled on anything where a touch of cheese will enhance the flavor. As well as deelady's suggestions it's good on soup, refried beans, roasted corn or wherever your own taste buds take you.

When I think of melting cheese I think of Queso Blanco which is similar to Monterrey Jack. There are probably others but I'm not familiar with them.
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Old 10-21-2008, 10:46 AM   #8
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I guess I am more use to the fresh type than the aged kind...

"White, salty, and somewhat granular, Cotija cheese softens but does not actually melt when heated. When fresh, Cotija cheese bears a resemblance in flavor and texture to feta cheese. Aged, Cotija grates smoothly and has more in common with Parmigiano-Reggiano. This similarity in form and function has earned it the nickname “Mexican Parmesan.”
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Thanks deelady for clearing that up. Again, I'm not very familiar with Mexican cheeses. As a matter of course, I buy Monterrey Jack when I want that melted cheese flavor in Tex-Mex or Mexican food.
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Old 10-21-2008, 11:01 AM   #10
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I always mean to buy it more often, I love the saltiness to it! And you hit it dead on wih the roasted corn suggestion or any corn....I forgot to mention that, that is my favorite!!!
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