Whole blocks of cheese stay fresher longer and have more flavor than packaged cheese. Purchasing cheese whole and grating or grinding the amount you need for a recipe can save you money over the conveniently packaged shredded cheese. Grinding, more often associated with meat or peppercorns, refers to cutting a larger piece into smaller bits. Only grate hard and semi-hard cheeses such as Parmesan, Romano or cheddar. Soft, fresh cheeses like mozzarella will fall apart.
Things You'll Need
- Whole, hard or semi-hard cheese
- Rotary grinder or
- Food processor with grating disc or
- Box grater
- 8 ounces diced pimentos (jarred red peppers)
- 1 cup mayonnaise
How to Grind Cheese
Cut the cheese block to fit in the drum of a rotary cheese grinder.
Place the cheese in the top of the grinder.
Hold the open end of the grinder over a bowl and crank the handle clockwise to grind the cheese.
Alternatively, fit your food processor with a grating disc and turn on the machine. Push chunks of cheese down the feeding chute to grate into the bowl of the processor. Turn the machine off to remove the disc and the cheese.
Set a box grater inside a bowl and rub a block of cheese down the side.
Using Ground Cheese
Sprinkle one to two tablespoons of ground hard cheese on top of hot cooked pastas, soups or salads. Add the cheese just before serving or place a bowl of ground cheese on the table for guests to add to their dishes.
Combine one pound of shredded cheddar cheese with an eight ounce jar of diced pimentos and one cup of mayonnaise to make a three ingredient pimento cheese spread. The spread works as a sandwich filling or a dip for vegetables and chips.
Add shredded cheese into ground beef before forming hamburger patties or meatloaf for a hidden flavor in the dish rather than just as a topping.
- "Alton Brown's Gear for Your Kitchen"; Alton Brown; 2003
- Cooks.com: Pimento Cheese Recipe
- Photo Credit Hemera Technologies/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images
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