Cheese is a dairy product, derived from the milk. Rennet is added causing casein to coagulate and the solids collected to be pressed into the finished cheese
Cheese is a dairy product, derived from milk and produced in wide ranges of flavors, textures and forms by coagulation of the milk protein casein. It comprises proteins and fat from milk, usually the milk of cows, buffalo, goats, or sheep. During production, the milk is usually acidified and the enzymes of either rennet or bacterial enzymes with similar activity are added to cause the casein to coagulate. The solid curds are then separated from the liquid whey and pressed into finished cheese. Some cheeses have aromatic molds on the rind, the outer layer, or throughout. Over a thousand types of cheese exist. Their styles, textures and flavours depend on the origin of the milk (including the animal's diet), whether they have been pasteurised, the butterfat content, the bacteria and mold, the processing, and how long they have been aged for. Vegetarian alternatives to rennet are available; most are produced by fermentation of the fungus Mucor miehei, but others have been extracted from various species of the Cynara thistle family.

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  1. Rosyrain

    Favorite smoked cheese

    Smoked gouda used to be my favorite smoked cheese, but I discovered smoke Gruyere the other day and now that is my favorite. I cut it up into slices and then wrapped it in ham slices and it was the best snack ever. What is your favorite smoked cheese?
  2. welsh dragon

    Recipe pasta cheese ham.

    Classic recipe. pasta of your choice. cheese ham cook pasta. Either melt cheese Into the pasta, then add ham or put cheese on top of pasta and place under the grill until the cheese is melted, then sprnkle ham strips on top. delicious but simple meal that can be made anytime.
  3. Morning Glory

    Recipe Ham, Olive and Cheese Quiche

    One of the first ideas to come to mind for the 'ham' Recipe Challenge, was quiche. Well obviously! But how to find an interesting flavour combination? Good ham has a slightly salty but sweet flavour so it pairs well with sour tastes. Black olives are ripened green olives and are a little...
  4. Lullabelle

    Parmesan Cheese

    Last year a supplier gave a big block of parmesan cheese to the materials manager who put it in the Company raffle. The guy who won it sold it for £10.00 and pocketed the money much to the annoyance of a few people who felt he should have given it back to add to the collection for the chosen...
  5. Morning Glory

    Recipe Cheese on egg on ham on toast

    A really basic recipe! The trick here is to fry the egg until the yolk is just done, so that when its grilled (broiled in US) the yolk stays runny under the melted cheese. When you cut into it, the yolk should burst delightfully and ooze onto the plate. I really should have photographed that...
  6. cupcakechef

    Fancy grilled cheeses

    I love a good old grilled cheese sandwich - to me it's just one of those comfort foods that you can't really go wrong with. When I was younger, I would always have them just plain - cheese, bread, butter - but as an adult I like to "fancy" up my grilled cheeses. Lately my go to has been pesto...
  7. SatNavSaysStraightOn

    Recipe Carrot Pizza with Fontina Cheese and Red Onion

    Whilst looking around for unusual carrot recipes for a certain challenge (:whistling:) I came across this recipe which looked to fit the bill perfectly! The recipe comes from here ( It looks devine...
  8. L_B

    Anybody have a good recipe for a Cheese Ball?

    With Christmas not so far off I am trying to get together some ideas for appetizers for our Christmas get together. I usually have cheese balls and crackers but I have never made one before. I always buy them. I have had ones that people made at other parties I attended and they were quite good.
  9. TheViper

    Least Favorite Cheeses

    I'm not a bg fan of cheeses that are made to be spicy. There was a time that I liked putting pepper jack variety cheese on the things I eat. Well, those days have since passed and now I find myself really disliking pepper jack cheese. What is your least favorite cheese to eat?
  10. SatNavSaysStraightOn

    Recipe Balsamic Onions in Puff Pastry (with or without Camembert/Brie)

    This is one of those rough and ready recipes Ingredients Very large onion Olive oil Balsamic vinegar Fresh thyme garlic (optional) puff pastry Brie/Camembert/Herby Cashew Nut Cheese Method Cut the root and top off the onion and then cut them in the same direction again (not through the root...
  11. C

    Recipe Guinness® Broccoli Cheddar Dip

    Guinness Broccoli Cheddar Dip "Think you're escaping and run into yourself. Longest way round is the shortest way home." James Joyce, Ulysses Ingredients: 1 can of Guinness Draught 2 pounds broccoli, steamed and grated on box grater 11⁄2 pounds cheddar, grated 4 shallots, diced 4 garlic...
  12. Duck59

    Beer cheese

    Never mind all this Guinness scrambled egg stuff, let's get down to proper food. A number of breweries and cheesemakers (blessed are they) make cheese with beer. Beer acts as a good preservative and also makes the cheese taste rather nice. Her's one from the excellent Chiltern Brewery...
  13. Diane Lane

    Recipe Rotel Cheese and Beef Dip

    This is a heartier version of the regular Rotel Cheese Dip, and looks really good. I love the meatless version, so I know this will probably become one of my favorites, and will be great to make for holiday parties. It's easy to make, and involves a crock pot, so it will stay warm for a holiday...
  14. Rosyrain

    Favorite cheese?

    With all of the many cheeses in this world, what is your favorite? I am torn between farmers cheese and smoked gouda. What about you?
  15. kitchenwitch


    I was supposed to do a bunch of baking for an event on Sunday, but it got cancelled which left me with $20 worth of mascarpone cheese. I've never used this ingredient, and the recipe I was going to use it for isn't something that I really need to have around the house (5 dozen cream puffs...
  16. Morning Glory

    Recipe Simple white cheese

    This produces a cheese similar to ricotta. Ingredients: 2 litres/3½ pints whole milk (the creamier the milk, the creamier the cheese) 2 tbsp lemon juice or vinegar 1 tsp salt Method: Heat the milk in a pan until it is almost boiling. Remove from the heat, add the salt, vinegar or lemon juice...
  17. Diane Lane

    Have You Ever Made Cheese?

    I watched an episode of a cooking show where cheese was made. I'd like to try it at some point, but I'm not sure exactly what I'd need, or what steps are involved. It's been a while since I saw the show, so I figured I'd ask about it here, since no doubt someone on this forum has made cheese. If...
  18. kgord

    Pepper Jack Cheese

    I want to make a recipie that calls for a cup of pepperjack cheese. I don/t have any, but I do have swiss and mozzarella...Can I use that with salsa or something?
  19. joycemcgregor

    Recipe Cheesy burger dogs

    Like most of us, we are going to grill out tomorrow for Labor Day. But we are doing something different. We are going to make cheesy burger dogs. They are really simple. You just take a block of cheddar cheese ( or the cheese of your choice ), cut it into rectangles, length wise, wrap the...
  20. ttirb

    Recipe Baked Mac & Cheese

    My personal favorite thing to cook is baked macaroni and cheese. It's easy to make and I think it tastes delicious when it's reheated in the microwave the next day. Plus it's easy to make and filling. I use about a quarter pound or less of the following cheeses. American, cooper sharp and...
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