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Old 02-16-2008, 05:07 PM   #1
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What is the grated cheese that goes in to pesto

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I was wondering what is the grated cheese that goes into pesto?

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Old 02-16-2008, 05:12 PM   #2
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Parmesan

It's Parmesan Cheese.
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Old 02-16-2008, 05:12 PM   #3
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Parmesan is what is commonly used.
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Old 02-17-2008, 08:34 AM   #4
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thanks for the replies,

if pesto is made of parmesan, then pesto is not really vegeterian, correct?
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Old 02-17-2008, 08:55 AM   #5
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I think you may be confused between vegetarian and vegan. Vegetarian means that there is no meat. Vegan means there are no animal products. Vegetarians can eat cheese so your pesto would be considered vegetarian. Cheese is made from animal products so it would not be considered vegan.
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Of course GB is right. To get a bit off topic I Googled vegan, a term that I only heard six or seven years ago. Seems it was coined in 1944 and comes from the first three letters and last two of the word vegetarian.

The coiners of the term were Brits and why they were so worried about distinguishing themselves from the run of the mill ordinary vegetarians while WWII was raging, I have no idea.

Have only met one vegan and she was one smart woman who told me she would live to 150. Unfortunately she got into a one on one head on encounter with a big truck. So instead of her seeing the omnivore go first, I live to mourn her.

I apologize to the administrators for getting off topic. If I say that yep, Parmesan cheese is the stuff one tosses into pesto will that get me grace?

I hope so. Folks here are great and I would hate to be blackballed.
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Old 02-17-2008, 11:21 AM   #7
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LOL you mentioned pesto and parmesan so you are still good auntdot
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Old 02-17-2008, 11:27 AM   #8
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Roger Clemens got asked if he was a vegan at his inquiry. He said he did not know what that meant. Neither did I until now. I figured it was some kind of offshoot of vegetarian, but never looked to see exactly. Now I know!
Oh, and I don't like pesto sauce, but I do parmesan cheese :^)
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Old 02-17-2008, 12:35 PM   #9
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When I first heard the word Vegan, I immediately associated it with some character on Star Trek... so there you go.

Are you looking for a vegan version of pesto?
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Hello,

I was wondering what is the grated cheese that goes into pesto?
The traditional cheese for Pesto Genovese is Pecorino, but it seems that in US pretty much anything goes. The Parmesan that is easiest to find in US is that green stuff that comes in a can and is more closely related to sawdust than any cheese I've ever seen. Many folks use THAT in pesto, but if you can find fresh Parmesan, the domestic varieties are better than that powdery stuff. or get whichever of the hard grating cheeses you can find. Each will change the flavor a bit, but the overall taste should still be wonderful...

Besides Pecorino, there's Parmigiano REggiano, Asiago, Grana Padano. You can also sometimes find some dry California Jack cheese that is fine, too.
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