There is some magic to cheese because we just can’t say no to it, can we? Ever looked at cheese burst pizzas, cheese-loaded fries, extra cheese sandwiches, and creamy cheese pasta and thought, ‘Oh my god, is this the best thing in my life?’ Cheese is the only thing where even if it is overused, it can rock your dish. And it is one such ingredient that tastes good even if it gets overcooked. And, TBH, the cheesy pizza tastes better the next morning, and we guess that is the good morning we all crave for! Did you know each country has its own culture of cheese and thus there are more than 1500 types of cheese in the world? The more cheese, the more fun in our lives. Here are some types of cheeses which you should definitely know about if you are a cheese lover!
How can we not mention mozzarella when we are talking about cheese? Mozzarella is one of the most famous cheeses around the globe. It is made with rich milk of water buffalos, and it was first explored in Italy. But today mozzarella can also be obtained with cow's milk or a mixture of both. We all want those long cheesy strings in our foods and that is the main reason why mozzarella is quite famous because it is literally the most stringy cheese.
Parmesan, which is also known as Parmigiano-Reggiano, has an ancient and rich history that goes back to the middle age era and is considered to be one of the top cheeses by cheese connoisseurs. This cheese is added to the dish in very tiny quantities and it has a slightly bitter taste to it. Parmesan is a hard, granular cheese with a strong, nutty flavour, mostly grated over pasta, used in soups and risottos. This is also considered to be one of the most expensive cheeses in the world because the good bacteria which helps in making this cheese are only available in specific areas.
This tangy flavoured cheese allows the eater to choose the level of maturity in it. It has a dry and crumbly texture with a slight tinge of yellow but the colour of this cheese varies from ivory to straw to deep yellow. Cheddar is most famously used in burgers and sandwiches and who doesn’t love them? Even the American favourite, Mac n’ Cheese gets its special flavour from this cheese!
Gouda comes from the Netherlands, and is one of the most famous cheeses around the globe which is made with cow milk. The unique thing about Gouda is that it changes its taste and texture as it ages and gives a tinge of sweet and strong flavour. It tastes best when simply served with a glass of wine or beer!
Feta cheese is prepared with sheep or goat’s milk. But in today’s age, this Greek-originated cheese can be made with a mixture of cow and buffalo's milk too. In India, feta cheese is also sometimes considered similar to paneer. Did you know feta cheese is one of the oldest cheeses in the world? This tangy and salty cheese is often used in some wonderful salads.
Cottage cheese is one of the most famous cheeses in India! This cheese dates back to the 3rd century and has a Mesopotamian origin. It is so versatile that it is used in literally everything from sweet delights to savoury dishes and even included raw in salads. We also have good news for all the cheese lovers, cottage cheese can be included in your daily diet and it won’t make you fat as they are rich in proteins. Go on, grab it!
Just like feta cheese, ricotta is also made up of sheep’s milk and the origin of this cheese is traditionally claimed to be Italy. The best way to store it is to keep it in the refrigerator after wrapping it well. This underrated cheese will make your basic dish extraordinary by just pairing it with your regular pasta and even to your normal toast.
Cheese > Everything! And it is so versatile that it can be added to any dish from an omelette to nuggets and even croissants. It is an amazing invention in the culinary world that can make everyone smile by its name! So, say ‘CHEESE’ and smile!
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