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Old 02-09-2008, 03:22 PM   #11
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Being of Italian descent I knew that Thanks for posting for those who don't know the difference.
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Old 02-09-2008, 03:35 PM   #12
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Now, now - let's not be snobby folks.

If you have a Whole Foods in your area, don't turn your nose down at the Argentinian Aged Parmesan they carry from time to time. This stuff is WONDERFUL, & I'd put it happily against the Italian stuff any time. And yes - I've had both.
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Old 02-09-2008, 08:25 PM   #13
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Old 02-09-2008, 08:33 PM   #14
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I agree that real Parm Reg is the best.

Question though: how long will Reg keep in the fridge as a wedge and if it is shredded? I thought I heard on Food Network the other day the shredded stuff will keep for weeks if you want to buy the block and shred it yourself. True? All lies? What do you think?
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Old 02-09-2008, 10:25 PM   #15
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I agree that real Parm Reg is the best.

Question though: how long will Reg keep in the fridge as a wedge and if it is shredded? I thought I heard on Food Network the other day the shredded stuff will keep for weeks if you want to buy the block and shred it yourself. True? All lies? What do you think?

If you spend the money to buy the real thing, store it as a whole wedge and shred it as needed. The wedge will last for months in the fridge.
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Old 02-09-2008, 10:31 PM   #16
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agreed with andy.

i've found that grating a (juicy slice or) hunk of cheese has more flavor than cheese that has been stored after grating, sort of like freshly cracked black peppercorns.

plus, it's trippy to watch the tiny little curls melt as the hit the hot food below.
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Old 02-09-2008, 10:32 PM   #17
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I figured it was better to store it as a wedge but I was second guessing after seeing that. Thanks. :)
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Old 02-09-2008, 10:38 PM   #18
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Yup - regardless of whether I buy Italian or Argentinian hard cheeses, I store them wrapped in the fridge & grate as needed. They last a long time, & when I get up to the last little tidbit, I make a nice big pot of Minestrone soup & toss the tidbit in.
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Old 02-10-2008, 01:34 AM   #19
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Ok ok, I admit I have the 'green tube' in my fridge as well. But, I can't always afford the 'good' stuff so it is what it is. I make do as best I can, but it is hard sometimes to silence my taste buds!
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Old 02-10-2008, 08:43 AM   #20
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Speaking of the "green tube", has anyone tried Kraft's latest gimmick, which is a piece of parmesan sealed inside a disposable grinder?
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