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Old 07-29-2017, 06:15 AM   #1
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Reggiano is an Italian cheese reported to be expensive. I saw it once on a TV series 'Columbo'. Has anyone tried this and is it an acquired taste. Wouldn't want to spend a lot of money if it was over powering. I don't like blue cheese for example.

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Old 07-29-2017, 07:33 AM   #2
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Do you mean Parmigiano Reggiano cheese? It's delicious. It's not a strong flavor, but it's nutty and salty and complex. I love it and it's definitely worth the expense.

Buy it from a store that has a wheel and you can have them cut off a small piece so you can try it. Some stores offer tastings, too, so you can try before you buy.
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Old 07-29-2017, 07:35 AM   #3
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Are you talking about Parmigiano Reggiano? If you eat Italian food, you've more than likely had it in one form or another, though probably domestic unless it was at a very high end Italian restaurant. It's not cheap if you buy in small amounts, usually in the $15-20 range in most areas, though can be cheaper in areas like Little Italy where there's lots of competition.

We buy it like this in about an 1/8 of the wheel:


and true PR will always have the markings on the sides

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Old 07-29-2017, 10:36 AM   #4
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And save the rinds. They add a great flavor to soups.
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Old 07-29-2017, 10:56 AM   #5
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And save the rinds. They add a great flavor to soups.
You mean "Parmesan Bones".
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Old 07-29-2017, 11:48 AM   #6
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Parmigiano Reggiano is located by law to certain areas in Italy. If you are fortunate to have a cheese store near you, then the clerk will give you a taste without any questions. And they should be able to answer any questions you may have.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parmigiano-Reggiano

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pecorino

I personally prefer the Pecorino. It is much stronger and is made from sheep's milk. Some folks have to develop a taste for it over time.
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If it's the real deal Parmigiano Reggiano, the rind will look like this.
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Parmigiano Reggiano is located by law to certain areas in Italy. If you are fortunate to have a cheese store near you, then the clerk will give you a taste without any questions. And they should be able to answer any questions you may have.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parmigiano-Reggiano

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pecorino

I personally prefer the Pecorino. It is much stronger and is made from sheep's milk. Some folks have to develop a taste for it over time.
I like both Addie. I usually freshly grate my cheese and use a blend of both. That way I get the best flavors of both.
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I love pecorino, I'll use a veggie peeler to shave off slices and sometimes eat it plain like that. I prefer this over parm cheese.
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Reggiano Parmesano could be aged 1 year or 14 months or 18 months. This shall make a difference in the tasting profile of this renowned Italian cow cheese ..

Pecorino ( or Pecorino Sardo ) is a ewe / sheep variety from the Island of Sardinia, off the north west coast of Italy. It is predominately produced in the Barragia Mountains in the Central part of the Island.

Both are extraordinary depending on the dish you serve them with or the cheese board that you put together ..


The longer cheese is aged, the stronger the profile ..
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