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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Save Money Grate Your Own Cheese

Are you like me and use lots of shredded and grated cheese? Did you know that you can get more bang for your buck by grating your own cheese? An average bag of shredded cheese (2 cups) in my area cost $2 and a lb of cheese in brick form cost roughly the same. By grating the lb of cheese you can get nearly 4 cups. Which would mean that you get the same as 2 bags of the shredded cheese at the store for the price of one. Furthermore the taste of fresh cheese taste so much better than the pre packaged to me.

A few tips to grating your own cheese:

  • use cooking spray to spray the grater prior to grating to prevent sticking

  • placing softer cheeses, such as mozzarella, jack or mild cheddar or Gouda, in the freezer for a few minutes to firm them up will make them easier to grate.

  • grated cheese melts evenly and quickly and makes it easier to incorporate into sauces and other dishes.

  • It is best to add grated cheese to sauces at the end of cooking. Using just enough to heat to melt and mix it in.

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