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February 17, 2016

The Parmesan Cheese You Sprinkle on Your Penne Could Be Wood

According to the FDA’s report on Castle, obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, “no parmesan cheese was used to manufacture” the Market Pantry brand 100% grated Parmesan Cheese, sold at Target Corp. stores, and Always Save Grated Parmesan Cheese and Best Choice 100% Grated Parmesan Cheese, sold by Associated Wholesale Grocers Inc., which along with its subsidiaries supplies 3,400 retail stores in 30 states. Instead, there was a mixture of Swiss, mozzarella, white cheddar and cellulose, according to the FDA. - Bloomberg Business

Posted by gerardvanderleun at February 17, 2016 10:17 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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My wife has grated her own imported for at least 30, maybe 40+ years. She said many years ago the grated stuff in the stores was like shredded paper.

Posted by: BillH [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 17, 2016 1:47 PM

We've recently started grating our own, cheddar, mozz, etc., because the pre-shredded stuff in the stores has a substance on it to attempt to prevent it from clumping during shipping which makes it difficult to melt properly.

More and more with each passing day that old canard, "If you want it done right, do it yourself.", rings true as the downward spiral tightens.

We're being dragged kicking and screaming back to the 17th century and there's nothing to be done about it.

Posted by: ghostsniper [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 17, 2016 4:13 PM

You obviously have not embraced this Brave New World.

Posted by: Grizzly [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 17, 2016 5:35 PM

The other great food fraud is Olive Oil.

Here's what I've been using for the past few years.
It's great

Posted by: bilejones [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 17, 2016 6:23 PM

JC bile, $46 a gallon, got any better deals?
Clue me in on the fraud thing, I haven't heard about it.

Processed cheese product is not cheese.

Posted by: ghostsniper [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 18, 2016 4:27 AM

Here's a starting point on the fraud issue

The price is a bit steep, it was $35 a year ago but the olive harvest was abysmal. We maybe use 3 gallons a year. The other thing I'll splurge on is good Balsamic vinegar, now there's something that's expensive.




Posted by: bilejones [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 20, 2016 5:01 PM

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