Delicious & Mouth-Watering Cheese!

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

The first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the word cheese is surely the Pizza. For most nations cheese was introduced only because of pizzas. But cheese is a staple food item in many recipes like hams, sandwiches, lasagne and pasta. And there are hundreds of cheese varieties that give each food type a sizzling taste. Thinking what makes each variety different from the other? It is the storing process, texture and processing procedure. It is commonly available in different forms, age and color to choose from.

White Cheese

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White cheese is less fattening and there is a wide selection of white cheese readily available in the market. Some of the popular varieties of white cheese that you must try out are:

1. Brie: This cheese has a hard exterior but a very soft interior. It is ideal to spread on crackers because of its buttery quality. Its rustic smell equals to the fragrance of fresh mushrooms.
2. Camembert: This cheese is firm at the center and has a mild sweet taste with salty nut-like flavor.
2. Cottage cheese: The consistency of this cheese is much like the curd. This is a great low-fat cheese therefore you can indulge guilt free.
4. Marscapone: This is also called the dessert cheese and extensively used to make desserts like cheesecake and tiramisu. It is even used in some varieties of pasta.
5. Feta: This variety of cheese comes from goats of Danish and Greek origin and is marinated. It is known for salty, strong and creamy consistency. This cheese is marinated with spices, olives, peppercorns, sun-dried tomatoes and oils.
6. Mozzarella: This cheese is known for its spongy and soft consistency and therefore perfect for pastas and breads.

Blue Cheese

Blue cheese
Blue cheese is a flavored variety that originated hundreds of years back. This variety is popular for its distinct aroma and peculiar taste. It is made from milk after its careful aging and formation of colorful and tasty mold. There is a large variety of blue cheese available and they are often differentiated in the basis of production methods, consistency and intensity of the flavor. Popular choices of blue cheese are Roquefort, Gorgonzola, Stilton, Cashel Blue and Danablu. Blue cheese is generally enjoyed as an accompaniment with foods like wine, nuts, figs, dessert, fruits and bread.

These cheeses are exclusive in tastes and can make a great gourmet food basket idea for someone who just loves unique variety of cheese.

Health benefits of Cheese

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Most girls believe that cheese will not do any good to their health. It will just add the unwanted calories and few inches. But it is only a myth! Cheese in monitored quantities can do more good. Cheese is rich in high quality calcium and proteins. Also, it contains adequate amount of Vitamin A, Vitamin B12, riboflavin, zinc and phosphorus. As cheese is rich in calcium, it helps in keeping the teeth strong and prevent cavity. Also, it is good for bones and a must for pregnant and lactating mothers, children, and elderly people. No wonder, patients of osteoporosis are urged to include cheese in their diet. Include cheddar, Brie, Gouda or Swiss variety of cheese to avoid tooth decay. Only few people know that cheese also helps in cancer prevention. It is high in Sphingolipids and Conjugated Linoleic Acid that fights cancer. Girls out there, did you know that cheese can actually help you deal with PMS? It controls some of the symptoms associated with PMS. Those of you who suffer from migraine must take cheese as good calcium levels help you fight this problem. But only aged cheese must be consumed. Include monitored dose of cheese to boost the immunity system and fight the common flu diseases because it is rich in Vitamin A, and zinc. Also because of Vitamin B12 and riboflavin, you feel energetic after consuming cheese.

If you are fond of cheese and forcing yourself to stay away from them because of weight issues, then you must look out for cheese made from the low-fat milk. There are brands and stores that have an extensive range of low-fat cheese variety. This gives the health conscious people a chance to satiate their taste buds without compromising on their health routine.

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