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How To Buy Parmesan Cheese

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Spaghetti or pasta is incomplete without parmesan cheese on it, so buying parmesan cheese becomes a necessity. If you are looking to buy the original parmesan cheese then you might have to do so online or go to designated Italian cheese stores for the authentic one.


Though, American parmesan cheese is also available from Kraft, it is not the authentic Parmagiano Regiano from Italy. Whatever be their origin one thing is sure, that is a liberal sprinkling of parmesan cheese to the spaghetti helps it taste better.


Parmesan cheese is the extra hard cheese, made from cow's milk and originating from Italy. It is protected for its source of origin (POD) and the AOC stamp. Argentina and the US also make it and call it parmesan though it not original. It is originally made near Parma, Reggio Emilia, Modena, Bologna, and Mantova in Lombardia, Italy. Through this blog I have shared some tips on how to buy good quality [armesan cheese for the ultimate epicurean venture.


How to Buy Parmesan Cheese


The original Parmesan is usually aged longer and more expensive. They are exclusively made from specialized vendors who follow the original protocol of manufacture.


The cheese is straw yellow to white in color. Parmesan is sold in wheels, blocks, or wedges and the original one is from Parma, Italy. They can be bought as shreds, flakes, or grated. If the cheese is stored in air-tight containers in the fridge, they will last for a few weeks. They can also be stored in the freezer for up to six months.


An 8oz container of parmesan cheese from Kraft, USA can cost anywhere from 16$ or more. You also get 6 g packets of 200 for 28$.


With several online cheese shops coming up, buying parmesan cheese is easy with a click of a button these days. The key to buying parmesan cheese is to purchase in small quantities so that you have a fresh product for use every time with all its natural flavors intact.


Since Parmesan loses its flavor upon processing, it is best not to buy pre-grated cheese. Ideally, it can be bought in chunks or wedges and grated at home just before use.


The original Italian cheese with the ‘Parmigiano Reggiano’ imprint on its rind, along with the manufacturing date and the manufacturer information on it is one of the best and expensive buys.


 


Uses of parmesan cheese


Parmesan cheese is popularly added on salads, sauces, spaghetti, bread, pizzas, or pasta. It also enhances the flavor in soups when grated. Alfredo sauce and pesto; risotto with balsamic vinegar are enhanced with addition of parmesan cheese. Parmesan also goes well with sea-food and other meat dishes like pork.


 


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