Dish Guide: Every Cheese Lover Needs To Know

Doesn’t cheese just make everything taste better? With over a thousand different types—and origins predating recorded history—it’s one of the kitchen staples most of us can’t get enough of. If you share our passion for some oozy goodness, take a look at our list for a selection of popular cheese classics from various cuisines around the world.

Grilled Cheese

Let’s start with the basics. The grilled cheese sandwich is one of the most versatile recipes out there: just grab two slices of your favorite toast, throw any kind of melting cheese in between, and grill it or toast it! If you’re feeling wild, go ahead and top it with a layer of butter, blend different kinds of cheese, or add some deli meats inside—perfect for breakfast, lunch, snacks, midnight cravings; pretty much anytime you want a quick cheesy fix!

Poutine

It would be unfair not to list Canada’s contribution to the cheese dish repertoire. Poutine is as Canadian as the maple leaf, and it’s a symbol of the Québécois culture! So whether you’re feeling patriotic or just hungry for some comfort food, a traditional poutine with crispy fries, fresh cheese curds and rich gravy is your best bet.

Fondue

Switzerland’s gift to the world, fondue is a classic when it comes to indulging in cheese heaven. Typically prepared with types of Gruyere, Emmental and Vacherin, fondue comes with its own set of caquelon and long forks to dip cubes of crispy bread in the melted cheese. The communal way of eating it can add to the atmosphere of your wine parties, and the thin, toasted crust at the bottom of the pot marks the perfect ending to this shared gourmet experience.

Quesadilla

Cheese is an indispensable part of the Mexican cuisine, as well. You can find it melted, grated, crumbled and sprinkled in their delectable tacos, enchiladas, frijoles and many other iconic dishes. But in a cheese lover’s heart, a basic quesadilla holds a special place. Whenever you’re feeling like having a fiesta, grab your corn tortillas, fill them up with some Oaxaca cheese, and cook them on a smooth, flat griddle. Prepare some salsa and guacamole on the side, and you’re good to go!

Paneer Tikka

For cheese enthusiasts, this popular Indian dish is a great alternative to the meat-based tikka recipes. It’s prepared by marinating chunks of fresh paneer cheese in spices and arranging them on skewers with peppers, onions and tomatoes, before grilling them in a traditional tandoor oven. You can try your luck with adapted recipes for regular home ovens, or order food online if you crave for the real deal. In any case, Paneer Tikka is sure to brighten your day with its crispy but tender texture and its amazing flavor, especially when paired with some delicious mint chutney.

Börek

Börek, or sometimes Burek, is the family name of a number of pastries commonly served in Mediterranean, Eastern European and Central Asian countries. Its basic ingredients are yufka (a type of handmade phyllo dough) and cheese, but it comes with countless varieties featuring beef, chicken, veggies, and sometimes even custard or sugar. The most well-known kind of börek though—a cheese pie baked with feta, eggs, oil, cream or milk—is a promising comfort food option for all the cheese lovers out there.

Desserts

Cheese doesn’t always come in savory dishes or pies, and we couldn’t be happier about it! If you happen to have a sweet tooth, you can go classic with a freshly baked cheesecake or a cheese curd tart, or take it up a notch and explore the sugary world of Sicilian cannoli, ricotta mousse, mascarpone brownies, cream cheese sorbet, or baked camembert with fruits.

Say Cheese!

The world of cheese is such a wide one that it boasts its own subculture, experts and scientific research. It’s a well-recognized passion, too; June 4th is celebrated as World Cheese Day, and the U.S.A has its very own annual National Cheese Lovers Day on January 20th. So if you’re a proud cheeseaholic yourself, it’s a good idea to explore what different cuisines have to offer—we promise you’ll like what you find!

Making Cheese At Home Beginners Guide

Making Cheese At Home Beginners Guide
Tips On Producing Great Preserved Cheese

From simple cheese sandwiches to more striking, extraordinary cheese in specialty restaurants, lots of people just can’t do without some sort of cheese in their routine diet.

The dairy food product has very high exportation from countries like: Germany, the Netherlands, France, Italy, and the USA, who are basically the top 5 exporters.

You might not be a top exporter, but you can definitely make your own cheese. Different cheeses are produced in different ways, but they all involve curdling the milk to separate it into curds and whey.

If you’re interested to produce your own cheese, here are some tips to help you along the way.

Milk:

Your obvious main ingredient will be the milk. You can start making cheese with homogenized, store-bought milk, but milk that is not homogenized is certainly more often used and can be found in health stores.

Read the label and don’t purchase milk that has ‘UHT’ (Ultra High Temperature) or ‘Ultra pasteurized’ or ‘Micro-filtered’ on it. UHT has been heated to 275 degrees Fahrenheit, and that destabilizes the protein.

The result will be that the calcium in the milk will not bond well to achieve good curdling. If you get raw milk from a farm, it would need some caution to work with it, but it would be the optimal choice.

Adding culture:

Cheese culture is made up of special bacteria. The bacteria breaks down milk lactose into lactic acid and ripens the milk. Now, there are many types of culture to choose from.

That can be confusing, but at Cuisinevault you can find recipes to know which culture to use and more topics on cheese.

The best way to add culture is first sprinkle it on the milk, then let it sit on top for around 5 minutes, then begin to stir gently. This allows the culture to dissolve and disperse evenly. After that, cover the pot and leave undisturbed for ripening.

Agitation during this period slows down acidification, which can damage the cheese.

Adding rennet and salt:

Rennet is an enzyme that helps to form a solid curd. Rennet begins working at temperatures between 85-105F.

So, before adding it to the milk allow the rennet to dissolve in non-chlorinated water for 15 – 20 minutes ahead of time. 

This will allow the enzymes to be released in its strongest form first. Be precise in measuring how much rennet to use. Too much will cause the curd to be too firm or rubber-like. Too little rennet may cause the milk to not separate properly.

Salt is essential in all cheese making, not only for taste but to preserve it and to kill harmful bacteria.  

Stirring:

The stirring method for cheese is an up and down motion. When you stir that way, it distributes the ingredients in the milk more evenly. Avoid stirring in a traditional whirl or clockwise motion.  


Start easy

Some cheeses are easier to make than others, like cream cheese or cottage cheese. You can start easy and work your way up.

Like all types of cooking, it’s a matter of exploring, discovering and experimenting different ways to come up with a great fromage.  

Cheese And Chocolate Pairings You Never Thought Would Be Delicious

Chocolate and Cheese


Cheese and Chocolate

Cheese and Chocolate have been used independently in the culinary industry for numerous years.

They have also been paired regardless of their distinct physical characteristics and taste, which may make it seem like a bad idea to combine them.

Both chocolate and cheese come in a variety of types depending on their tastes and aroma.

The most popular varieties of chocolate are dark chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate and milk chocolate that is popularly called white chocolate.

The common types of cheese available are goat cheese, cheddar cheese, mozzarella, blue cheese and cream cheese; the list is inexhaustible. It has proven that the results of the combination are worth it.

Some of the pairing may sound odd, but I bet you will definitely love them once you have a taste. Below are some of the pairings that many consider weird, but are actually worth your while.

Milk chocolate and cream cheese

Chocolate and Cream Cheese

You are probably wondering why anyone on earth would combine milk chocolate with cream cheese.

This pairing is made by melting the milk chocolate and combining it with the cheese to make a frosting that can be used to top pastries. The taste is simply amazing.

You can also use the melted combination of milk chocolate and cream cheese mixed with water to form a dipping for frostings. The dipped frostings are then frozen and can be served as a cold desert after a hot summer lunch.

Unsweetened chocolate and cream cheese fudge

Pairing dark chocolate with cream cheese may sound like a bad idea because of the slightly bitter taste of dark chocolate. Contrary to that ideology, the pairing results in a tangy fudge.

The best dark chocolate to use is the granules pure cacao, natural and unsweetened chocolate which you can find in popular supermarkets.

You can also add nuts such as hazelnut, peanuts or even almonds to give the fudge a crunchy feel. The taste of this fudge is tantalizing enough to spike your taste buds to say the least.

Blue cheese and dark Chocolate

Blue Cheese And Chocolate

Quite odd when you think about it, right? You can prepare this pairing by simply cutting a bar of chocolate into small squares and spreading blue cheese on the squares without melting it.

The procedure is that simple. Use the best dark chocolate available to enhance the quality of the dessert.

Most people find blue cheese unpalatable once they discover that its appearance is as a result of a special type of aging mould.

But that is what makes its taste special when combined with dark chocolate. The pairing of dark chocolate and blue cheese can be mixed with cornstarch and almonds.

You then bake the resultant mixture for a few minutes and the result of a fancied French dessert, referred to as Coulant which is characterized by its slightly peppery taste.

Mozzarella cheese and dark chocolate beverage

Chocolate and Cheese

Your favorite pizza topping can also be used in a beverage. This may seem weird to many but believe you me, it is delectable.

This beverage is made by melting bitter Colombian chocolate in skimmed milk and adding solid mozzarella cheese cubes to it.

It forms a thick paste-like drink that is best served while still hot.

This beverage is popularly known as Chocolate con queso. It has mild salty cheese tastes complimented with chocolate and sugar; it is definitely worth savouring.

Semi-sweet chocolate and goat cheese

Goat cheese is unpopular among many people due to its slightly pungent smell and tart taste. I am almost certain that if they tried pairing it with semi-sweet chocolate, they would definitely yearn for more.

The duo can be melted and used as a stuffing for dates to form a dessert.

You can also melt the cheese and chocolate and combine it with heavy milk cream and freeze it to make a low sugar ice cream that is considered a healthier option as compared to normal ice cream.

It is now an obvious fact that cheese and chocolate pairings are definitely ingredients that cannot disappoint.

It is however worth noting that in light of the large variety of both ingredients, you have to be careful to pair them appropriate proportions to ensure the taste is worth it.

It only requires you to be creative and try new pairings frequently and enjoy the medley of flavors.

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Vacuum packed cheese

 

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