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Old 11-25-2008, 11:36 AM   #1
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Smile Confused about Parmesan Cheese

Hi, I recently found a recipe for a dip which I would like to make for my christmas party. It calls for 2 cups of grated parmasean cheese. Does this mean "fresh" or do I use the container of kraft grated cheese. Is there a difference in taste?
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Old 11-25-2008, 11:41 AM   #2
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There is a huge difference from fresh to the pre packaged stuff. You get a more moist and fresh taste of the cheese as compared to the dry taste of the packaged stuff. Good luck.
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Old 11-25-2008, 11:41 AM   #3
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There is a huge difference in taste between the cheese in the green can and freshly grated parmesan cheese. The best of all would be freshly grated parmegiano reggiano.
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Old 11-25-2008, 11:49 AM   #4
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USE FRESH!!! That green canned stuff is yucky!!! : )
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Old 11-25-2008, 11:53 AM   #5
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The green canned stuff is the lowest form of parm cheese there is. Pre-grated cheese is never as good as buying a chunk of cheese and grating it yourself as you need it. As soon as you grate it the cheese will start to dry out and that is not what you want.
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Old 11-25-2008, 11:58 AM   #6
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I bought fresh once. Big difference, but it was not worth it to me to always have it on hand and spend the time microplaning it to get any kind of quantity, plus it was pretty pricey, so I went back to the "yucky" stuff. Much handier and it does impart some flavor. I don't use parmesan enough to really care which I use.
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Old 11-25-2008, 12:01 PM   #7
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Fresh is better. The refrigerated version of the pre-grated is second best.
The powdered stuff should be banned.
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Old 11-25-2008, 12:06 PM   #8
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If you have a Food Processor , it takes seconds to grate 2 cups of wedge or block of parmesan cheese. I keep a wedge of parmesan vacuum sealed in the freezer.
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Old 11-25-2008, 12:22 PM   #9
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Parmesan cheese isn't a "fresh" cheese. It's a hard, aged cheese. The longer its aged the better.

But a good quality parmesan, freshly grated, bears no resemblance whatsoever to the pregrated powdery stuff in a can or jar. The latter hardly tastes like cheese. Plus it's often hard to use in recipes because it's so dry, things come out grainy.
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Old 11-25-2008, 12:51 PM   #10
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Freshly grated parmegiano reggiano is the premier parmesan IMO ----
I don't know your recipe, but for a party dip, I would be tempted to consider a good brand of grated parmesan out of your grocer's dairy case ----
I would not consider the product in the Green can ----

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