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CBD-Infused Mozzarella Is The Cozy Warmth We Need This Quarantine

There’s multiple ways to relax amongst these stressful periods of self-isolation, with comfort food and CBD being two of those methods. One cheesemaker is bridging the gap between the two but putting them together into a single CBD mozzarella cheese.

Cheese supplier Caputo Cheese is getting ready to launch their Elevated Cow product line, which takes cannabidiols and infuses them into fresh mozzarella cheese. Owner Natale Caputo has been working on the infused cheeses for the past couple of years and is finally ready to bring it to market.

The CBD-infused mozzarella will come in three different varieties: 5 oz. Ovoline, 8 oz. Bocconcini, and 12 oz. slices. Elevated Cow claims that their mozz comes with a potency of 5 mg of CBD per ounce of cheese. They also verify each batch with lab test results that are sent out to those who purchase it, and will post trackable results to their website.

While CBD mozzarella sounds like an amazing thing to purchase, for now, this will be restricted to restaurant purchase only. This does mean, however, that pizza restaurants and other places selling cheesy creations in the US will be able to create CBD-infused cheese concoctions.

Caputo is targeting to release the CBD mozzarella sometime around 4/20.

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How to Use the Most Popular Cheeses in the World

If you have a passion for cooking, then you probably want to try all of the most popular cheeses in the world. And there are so many! Here’s a list of the cheeses you need to cook with at least once in your lifetime. It’s the shortest list we could make, but you’re still going to scroll a lot while reading!

There are hundreds of types of cheese in the world. Many of them are only known in some countries or areas, but there are some known across the globe. These popular cheeses are used in most recipes because everybody can find them at their nearby grocery store.

If you haven’t yet tried the most popular cheeses, now it’s the time! Taste them in small bites, to feel their real flavor, then experiment with all sort of recipes that require them! If you don’t know which cheese to choose for the dish you want to make, here’s a short guide to the most popular cheeses.

20 of the most popular cheeses and their uses

1. Mozzarella

Mozzarella may be the most popular cheese of all. It’s a southern Italian dairy product traditionally made from buffalo milk. Fresh mozzarella is generally white, usually rolled into balls of different sizes – from perline, which is the smallest (0.03-ounce/1 gram) to ovoline (4 ounces/113 grams). But it can be found in even bigger sizes: half pound balls or pound logs. There also is low-moisture mozzarella, which is aged cheese, harder and with a buttery color.

You can enjoy fresh mozzarella with a drizzle of olive oil, coarse salt, and pepper, because it has a slightly acidic or lactic taste, but not salty. You can make a simple Caprese salad or eat it with tomatoes in a sandwich. Keep in mind that the best pizzas are never without mozzarella!

2. Parmesan

Parmesan, or Parmigiano-Reggiano, is considered to be among the top cheeses by cheese connoisseurs. It’s a hard, granular cheese with a strong, nutty, and bitter taste, and that’s the reason you should add a small quantity to your dishes.

Parmesan is mostly grated over pasta, used in soups and risottos. It is also eaten as is, as a snack or in cheese sauces. You can make crusts with panko, eggs, and parmesan for coating chicken before frying it, sprinkle it over a casserole dish or a salad, or add it into salty muffins.

3. Cheddar

Cheddar cheese is dry and crumbly in texture, with a deep, tangy, nutty flavor. The color varies from ivory to straw to deep yellow. Cheddar is used to top burgers, as well as in other types of sandwiches. You can use Cheddar over casseroles or grated, in cheese sauces such as the one for mac and cheese, or to make veggie pies or quiches.

4. Gouda

One of the most popular cheeses worldwide, Gouda is a semi-hard to hard cow’s milk cheese from the Netherlands. When Gouda is aged the cheese changes its flavor and texture. Aged Gouda has a strong flavor, with a sharp yet sweet taste at the same time.

Young Gouda can be melted, but aged cheese is best as is or grated in salads or over casseroles. If you eat it simple, have it with beer, orange or apple juice, flavored tea, red wine, or white wine.

5. Swiss cheese

Swiss cheese resembles Emmentaler cheese. It’s a pale yellow color, medium-hard cheese. Some types of Swiss cheese are riddled with holes known as ‘eyes’, except for the ones who don’t have ‘eyes’ and are known as ‘blind’. It’s one of the most popular cheeses in America.

Its mild, sweet and nut-like flavor makes it suitable mostly for sandwiches – especially for Reuben sandwiches – but people usually add it to dishes like pies, frittatas, souffles, or omelets, melted on a steak, in cheese sauces or fondue.

6. Emmentaler

Emmental or Emmentaler is what many people think of when they hear of ‘Swiss cheese’ because they’re quite similar. This cheese is mild, a little sweet, slightly nutty, and a bit spicy at the end. You can use it in many dishes, but especially when you make cordon bleu, fondue, grilled cheese, and casseroles.

7. Brie

Brie is a soft cow’s milk cheese from north-eastern France, pale in color with a slight grayish tinge under a rind of white mold. This cheese has a nutty, fruity, grassy, and even mushroom-like flavor, similar to Camembert. Some people find it unpleasantly acidic, others think it’s pleasant, buttery, and a bit tangy.

Brie and meat make a great combo, but you can also spread the cheese over a slice of baguette. You can also serve baked brie with honey and apples, as a sweet dish.

8. Camembert

Brie and Camembert look and taste alike, and they’re often served in similar ways. Yet there are subtle differences: Camembert has a deeper and more intense flavor. You can make baked Camembert and serve it with cheese crackers, toasted ciabatta slices, or garlic bread. You can also eat Brie and Camembert as is, with grapes and red wine.

9. Gruyère cheese

Gruyère is a hard cheese, yellow in color, sweet but slightly salty, with a flavor that varies depending on its age. Gruyère cheese is generally known as one of the finest cheeses for baking because it’s great for melting. Traditionally, you use it to make cheese sauce. You can also add it to fondue. It’s a fine table cheese. It can be used grated in salads and pasta. A French onion soup isn’t complete without it.

10. Feta

Feta is a Greek cheese made with sheep and goat milk. It’s a white brined cheese, salty, tangy, and moist, with a texture that can go from crumbly to moderately creamy. Crumble Feta cheese in salads and over roasted vegetables, add it to your sandwiches, add it in tacos and other Mexican dishes. Feta can be also served alongside olives, peppers, olive oil, and fresh flatbread.

11. Monterey Jack

Monterey Jack is one of the few all-American cheeses. It’s a pale yellow semi-hard cheese made with cow’s milk. It has a mild and buttery flavor with a bit of tang, and it’s good for melting.

It’s one of the best options for melting it in casseroles, including a classic like mac and cheese, for making sandwiches, cheese dips, and grilled cheese.

12. Provolone

Provolone is an Italian semi-hard cheese. Its taste varies depending on its age; from sharp or spicy to sweet with a very mild taste. Some versions of provolone are smoked. You can use it to complete your casseroles, pizzas, sandwiches, and baked pasta dishes.

13. Edam

Edam is a Dutch semi-hard cheese, traditionally sold in spheres with a pale-yellow interior and a coat of red paraffin wax. It has a very mild flavor, slightly salty or nutty, and almost odorless when compared to other cheeses. As the cheese ages, its flavor sharpens.

Edam cheese goes well with chicken or potato dishes, in pasta, souffles, salads, fritters, soups, and sauces.

14. Blue cheese

Blue cheese is made with cow’s milk, sheep’s milk, or goat’s milk and has cultures of the mold Penicillium added. That leads to creating blue, blue-grey, blue-green, or blue-brown veins of mold in it. Also, Blue cheese has a distinct smell, that some people find unpleasant. It tastes like yeast, it’s a little spicy, and it’s creamy like butter. Blue cheese adds some class to a simple salad, roasted vegetables, or grilled fruit dessert. You can add pieces of blue cheese to top your veggie soup or puree.

15. Gorgonzola

Gorgonzola is a type of blue cheese, but it’s special because of the small ‘blue’ stripes that actually has in it. It’s a mild, sweet, and milky cheese that is best served with a glass of red wine. You can also stir it into a risotto or slice it on your Quattro formaggi pizza.

16. Roquefort

Roquefort is, together with Gorgonzola, one of the world’s best known blue cheeses. This French moldy cheese is like a moist, crumbly paste. It’s made from sheep’s milk and has a sharp, sweet, and nutty flavor that comes from the yeast.

There are plenty of recipes that use Roquefort, thanks to its distinctive taste and its melting capacity. It’s best eaten as is, with crackers or toast, or with nuts and honey.

17. Ricotta

Ricotta is an Italian whey cheese made from sheep’s milk. This smooth cheese with a creamy mild sweet and fresh taste and a thick texture is very versatile. Plus, it’s low in fat, which makes it a good choice for almost any diet.

Thanks to its low salt content, Ricotta is perfect for both sweet and savory dishes. It’s actually perfect for everything from lasagna to pasta, from pies to cheesecakes. You can spread it on a bread slice and top it with veggies, sunny side up eggs, or fruit, and you can use it to make lots of dips.

18. Cottage cheese

Ricotta and cottage cheese are often compared and some people replace one with the other. But they aren’t all that similar. Cheesemakers separate milk or cream into curds and whey. Then, the curds are used to make cottage cheese and the whey is used to make ricotta. That’s the reason why both cheeses – Ricotta and cottage cheese – have different textures. But they’re both soft and mild in flavor.

While Ricotta is described as sweet, cottage cheese is fresh, milky, and creamy, with a moderate saltiness to it. The texture of cottage cheese is chunky, from the curds.

You can use it to top stuffed baked vegetables, like potatoes and pumpkins, in casseroles, pasta, to make a dip or a quick sweet snack (combining it with fruits and granola), in baked goods, or incorporated in smoothies.

19. Mascarpone

Compared to Ricotta (which is smooth, but has a grainy texture), mascarpone has a very smooth texture with no lumps or granularities. Mascarpone is one of the most popular cheeses and is made from cream and citric or tartaric acid, which thickens the cream. It has a milky and slightly sweet taste and a buttery flavor which comes from its high butterfat content.

Mascarpone is best known as an ingredient in the Italian dessert tiramisu. But you can also use it in pasta, mac and cheese, lasagna, or in fresh desserts. Or you can transform it into a dip by combining it with some olive oil, herbs and spices.

20. Halloumi

Halloumi is a Cypriot semi-hard brined cheese made from a mixture of goat’s and sheep’s milk, and sometimes also cow’s milk. It’s the best cheese for grilling because it has a high melting point. Because it’s also a salty cheese, you should combine it with something that dims its strong taste.

Just throw it on the grill, then serve it as a starter, drizzled with olive oil and some fresh mint leaves and a glass of wine. You can add it to salads, in omelets served with veggies, in couscous, seafood dishes, or pair it with fresh fruit such as watermelon and pomegranate.

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Article by Raluca Cristian from So Delicious. View the original article here.

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Brace Yourself For Mess Hall Canteen’s ‘SPAM Bomb’

FOODBEAST’s upcoming meat festival, Meat Street Presented by the Makers of SPAM Brand at Main Place Mall, is about to turn the wildest dreams of SPAM lovers and meat aficionados into a never-before-seen experience that will showcase unique, MEAT STREET exclusive recipes you won’t find at your local county fair. (Get your tickets here!)

One of the vendors at the festival is Mess Hall Canteen, who has become a model innovator in the mobile food industry, creating share-worthy gourmet dishes that push the limitations of what can be accomplished in a food truck. And they’re bringing plenty of that artillery to MEAT STREET.

Brace yourselves, Mess Hall Canteen is about to set off the SPAM BOMB: a crispy, and cheesy take on Spam musubi. Imagine melty mozzarella and pepper jack cheese, with sliced HICKORY SMOKE SPAM wrapped in a tempura battered nori, and deep fried until golden brown.

Get your cameras ready, because the SPAM BOMB is about to blow up on social media.

Earlier this month, the world was introduced to Mess Hall’s other MEAT STREET item — The Beef Shank, a deep-fried sous vide beef shank, smothered in chipotle barbecue sauce. But, you know that’s wasn’t all the ammo they were packing.

As MEAT STREET gets closer, stay tuned in and you’ll get a chance to preview all the juicy exclusive items that will be available for those in attendance at MainPlace Mall in Santa Ana, Calif., April 22.

Earlier, the world got its first look at Doner Saltado, a MEAT STREET specific recipe created by So Cal-based Doner G Turkish & Mediterranean Grill.

For more MEAT STREET event information visit www.eatmeatstreet.com or check out the event page on Facebook!

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Fast Food

McDonald’s Serves Up Hollow Mozzarella Sticks And Issues A Cheesy Apology

A lot of McDonald’s customers have been airing out their grievances lately, and rightly so, since air is all that they’ve been getting in their mozzarella sticks.

According to Consumerist, after enough customers started taking to Twitter to call out the global burger restaurant, McDonald’s responded by giving some lame apologetic response, and began promising a future in which people who purchase mozzarella sticks will get mozzarella sticks, rather than these fried shells of former glory.

The Chicago Tribune received an email from a McDonald’s spokesperson explaining the blunder, saying that, “In these instances, we believe the cheese melted out during the baking process in our kitchens and shouldn’t have been served. We apologize to any customers who may have been affected. We are working to fix this in our restaurants.”

Who knows? Maybe one day fried sticks of air will actually be a thing. Until then, GIVE US OUR CHEESE, DAMMIT!

Photo Credit: Consumerist, Delish

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Fast Food

McDonald’s $1 Mozzarella Sticks Will Now Be Sold NATIONALLY

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In huge news, McDonald’s just announced that they’re adding Mozzarella Sticks to national menus. Last year, the fast food chain had been testing the cheese sticks for a $1 an order. Looks like those tests were successful.

Business Insider reports that McDonald’s US President Mike Andres just announced at an investors’ meeting the cheesy new plan to go national starting next year.

Apparently, the mozzarella sticks were a hit in Wisconsin where the company had been testing the menu item. An order of mozzarella sticks consisted of three pieces and some marinara-like dipping sauce. Business Insider says that the consumer base was looking for more snacking options to customize their meals with.

The sticks will continue to be sold at $1 for an order of three sticks. Looking for them sometime in early 2016.

Photo: McDonald’s

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Glorious Deep-Fried Pizza Balls Wrapped In Bacon

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A few weeks back, we head a pizza challenge that featured some of the raddest chefs on Instagram. Among them was Nick from DudeFoods who created a Sweet and Sour Chicken Pizza.

Turns out, he had a back-up creation we never knew about: Deep Fried Bacon Wrapped Pizza Balls.

Similar to the Deep Fried Bacon Wrapped Peanut Butter Balls he made a while back, he threw some mozzarella cheese in an ice cube tray, covered it in pizza sauce and tossed it into the freezer. The frozen ball of cheese and sauce is then coated in flour, dipped in egg wash and rolled in breadcrumbs. They’re then carefully wrapped in bacon and deep-fried for a few minutes.

Yet another DudeFoods creation that’s given us glorious heartburn from across the Internet.

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One Of The Internet’s Most Inventive Chefs Created A PIZZA BURGER MOZZARELLA Stick

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Mozzarella sticks are the unsung heroes of appetizers. The deep-fried sticks of dairy serve as a precursor to an awesome meal or as an awesome meal themselves. What if there was a way to improve on the simple cheese and breading?

Our pal, The Vulgar Chef, created an ingenious new variation of the iconic mozzarella stick. Taking a mozzarella roll, he stuffed it with ground beef, pepperoni and wrapped the cheese around it. The roll is then thrown into egg wash and breaded.

Here’s the best part,  before going into the deep fryer, the giant cheese stick is dusted with Hot Cheetos. What comes next is a Pizza Burger Mozzarella Stick.

Check out the video below for more details on how to make this beefy, cheesy beast.

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New Study Finds the Absolute Best Cheese Option for Your Pizza, the Answer Absolutely will NOT Shock You

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If you put the wrong variety of cheesy gooey goodness on your pie, it’s all over. Aside from the most common option of mozzarella, many pizza creators often experiment with multiple cheeses. However, there has yet to be an absolutely conclusive study to find the best-suited cheese to go on pizza — until now.

Various cheeses have different effects when baking. Mozzarella has a tendency to bubble, brown and become elastic when exposed to high temperatures, while Cheddar tends to simply melt. Naturally, you’d want a cheese that is able to adhere to the pizza instead of simply oozing off.

NPR reported a study appearing in the Journal of Food Science, “Quantification of Pizza Baking Properties of Different Cheeses, and Their Correlation with Cheese Functionality,” that aimed to find the best-fitting cheese for a pizza. The study compared the relationship between multiple cheeses on a pizza once it’s baked. Among the cheeses studied were mozzarella, provolone, cheddar, gruyere and Colby.

According to the results, you only need one cheese, and that cheese is mozzarella

Yep. The scientists discovered that mozzarella was the best option for pizza due to its low free oil content and overall elasticity, traits the other cheeses couldn’t quite measure up to.

While the cheese study seemed a bit unnecessary to begin with, the high level reasoning behind the study was in hope to further understand the dairy product better on a micro-level so they can develop a low-fat and healthier alternative to cheese with little to no quality loss.

H/T Gizmodo