PSA: Better quality cheese is worth the $$

InflatableBuddha

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In my ever-continuing quest to balance quality and value in my grocery budget, I decided to splurge on more expensive cheese this week. I bought a small block of Bothwell's marbled cheddar for about $7. A store-brand brick of cheddar (about double the size) goes for only $5.

Not only does this cheese taste better (stronger flavour), it is also higher quality - it doesn't crumble to pieces when I use a slicer to cut off a few slices.

It is well known that store brand products for many foods (e.g. beans, tuna, frozen fruits and veggies, etc.) are of comparable quality and nutrition to the more expensive brands, while costing far less.

But now I know that it's not worth it to skimp on cheese. I look forward to trying other varieties of high-quality fromage in the weeks ahead :).
 

Lonyo

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There are people who didn't know this?
Cheap cheese is alright for putting in something.
"Expensive" cheese is better for eating where you want the flavour of the cheese to come through. That being said, it doesn't always need to be expensive to be nice(r).
Cheap cheese as part of a pizza topping or similar, more expensive cheese in a sandwich.
 

InflatableBuddha

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Originally posted by: Lonyo
There are people who didn't know this?
Cheap cheese is alright for putting in something.
"Expensive" cheese is better for eating where you want the flavour of the cheese to come through. That being said, it doesn't always need to be expensive to be nice(r).
Cheap cheese as part of a pizza topping or similar, more expensive cheese in a sandwich.

Well, I don't usually eat a lot of cheese, but I wanted some good stuff for sandwiches and on crackers, and this Bothwell's seems really good.
 

waggy

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Originally posted by: Lonyo
There are people who didn't know this?
Cheap cheese is alright for putting in something.
"Expensive" cheese is better for eating where you want the flavour of the cheese to come through. That being said, it doesn't always need to be expensive to be nice(r).
Cheap cheese as part of a pizza topping or similar, more expensive cheese in a sandwich.

exactly. cheap cheese is good for putting in or on something.

Good cheese is good for eating or as the main flavor.


Originally posted by: InflatableBuddha
Well, I don't usually eat a lot of cheese, but I wanted some good stuff for sandwiches and on crackers, and this Bothwell's seems really good.

find a place that has a lot of cheese adn try them all. We have a meat market near us. It has a huge cheese and olive selection. they will le tyou try them all.

 

mundane

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While walking around our new neighborhood the other day, my wife and I stumbled upon a cheese store. While the cheese is very good (they're liberal with samples), I try to limit how often we visit. The cheese is $20/lb and up, and I'm sure a cheese habit can get much more expensive.
 

InflatableBuddha

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Originally posted by: waggy

find a place that has a lot of cheese adn try them all. We have a meat market near us. It has a huge cheese and olive selection. they will le tyou try them all.

There is a pretty good selection in my supermarket and also at a local meat market, so I will do some sampling.

Originally posted by: AstroManLuca
Bongard's Sharp Cheddar for me. Try it out sometime.

Thanks for the recommendation.
 

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I ended up getting a wedge of cheddar from Costco still covered in cheesecloth and wax. I'm not a huge fan of cheddar, but this stuff by far exceeded the store bricks by a mile and then some. Best part - it was maybe $1/lb more expensive at best.
 

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Much of the cheap sandwich cheese is really processed oil and food coloring; not true cheese.

Read the labels.
 

silverpig

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Dude, you are officially roped into a cheese eating thingamajig at my place. There's a cheese shop nearby. We shall consume cheese (THAT's gonna end up in a sig).
 

InflatableBuddha

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Originally posted by: Common Courtesy
Much of the cheap sandwich cheese is really processed oil and food coloring; not true cheese.

Read the labels.

Well, I've always stayed away from Kraft Singles and other processed "cheeses", but I always thought store brand was at least real cheese.
 

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No doubt Buddha, I love a good cheese and you defnitely get what you pay for. Les Amis is actually not all that expensive and they have a tonne of great fromage!

KT
 

waggy

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Originally posted by: InflatableBuddha
Originally posted by: Common Courtesy
Much of the cheap sandwich cheese is really processed oil and food coloring; not true cheese.

Read the labels.

Well, I've always stayed away from Kraft Singles and other processed "cheeses", but I always thought store brand was at least real cheese.

Kraft singles has its place. it makes great grilled cheese sandwiches for the kids!
 

InflatableBuddha

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Originally posted by: silverpig
Dude, you are officially roped into a cheese eating thingamajig at my place. There's a cheese shop nearby. We shall consume cheese (THAT's gonna end up in a sig).

:thumbsup: Awesome. I'm so there.

And of course we need some good wines too :wine::).
 

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Originally posted by: IcebergSlim
truffle infused pecorino

I had a truffled gouda from D&D in Napa a couple of years back that was amazing! I've never been able to find anything comparable up here. :(

KT
 

InflatableBuddha

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Originally posted by: KeithTalent
No doubt Buddha, I love a good cheese and you defnitely get what you pay for. Les Amis is actually not all that expensive and they have a tonne of great fromage!

KT

*Checks the website and salivates profusely*
 

silverpig

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Heh, I guess we'll have to invite KT to come too, if his yaletown ego will allow him to come visit the lowly people of Kerrisdale :)
 

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Originally posted by: silverpig
Heh, I guess we'll have to invite KT to come too, if his yaletown ego will allow him to come visit the lowly people of Kerrisdale :)

No worries, I'll go buy some jorts and Birkenstocks so I can fit in. :p

KT
 

InflatableBuddha

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Originally posted by: silverpig
Heh, I guess we'll have to invite KT to come too, if his yaletown ego will allow him to come visit the lowly people of Kerrisdale :)

Um, if Kerrisdale is "lowly", does that make Burnaby a freaking ghetto? :(