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Parmesan, parmigiano-reggiano cheese, grated

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Parmesan cheese (parmigiano-reggiano) is an iconic hard cheese originally from Italy, widely used and produced around the world. In Europe, Parmesan cheese is a protected cheese, meaning that only cheeses made in a certain way in a certain area of Italy can be labeled as Parmesan cheese.

In most of Europe, Parmesan cheese is referred to by its Italian name: Parmigiano-Reggiano, a reference to the regions in which the cheese is produced. The cheese is traditionally made by mixing whole morning milk with skimmed milk from the previous evening. The milk is heated and mixed with rennet to form curds, which are pressed in a cheese mold.

True Parmesan cheese is molded with a stencil, indicating where and when it was made. The cheese is soaked in a brine bath and then aged for a minimum of two years before being graded for sale.

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Another well known export of the region is Parma ham. The pigs are usually fed the discarded whey from the Parmesan cheese manufacturing process, and this is said to create a distinct flavor in the meat. The curing process for true Parma ham is also protected, along with many other regional Italian foods. Some import stores specialize in importing protected Italian foods for consumers outside of Europe who wouldlike to be assured the genuine article.

Real Parmesan cheese is a hard yellowish cheese which breaks in a sliver-like pattern. The dense cheese has large grains in it which can easily be seen with the naked eyes. When testing a wedge of Parmesan cheese, the marks from the Parmigiano-Reggiano stencil will also be able to be seen, and you should be able to see which dairy made the cheese, and when. A reputable importer will cut a sliver for consumers to taste before packaging the cheese for sale, and may offer tastes of several wheels of Parmesan cheese so that the best flavor can be identified.

Grocery stores around the world also carry cheese made in the Parmesan style outside of Italy. Some of these cheeses rival true Parmigiano-Reggiano for flavor and texture, while others are of a somewhat lesser quality. If possible, obtain Parmesan cheese in a whole wedge, rather than pre-grated, as the wedge will hold flavor and texture better, and the cheese will not be as dry when it is used.


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Kraft Grated Three Cheese Blend Shaker (8 oz Bottle)

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Kraft Grated Parmesan Cheese - 4.5 lb. container

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Andrew & Everett Hormone Free Grated Parmesan Cheese, 7 oz container

Andrew & Everett Hormone Free Grated Parmesan Cheese, 7 oz container

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Hormone Free Grated Parmesan Cheese in a convenient, easy to use container Made with milk sourced from pasture raised, grass-fed and humanely raised cows that are rBGH-BST hormone free No preservatives, binders, fillers or extenders & gluten free Produced in Small Batches, for Farm-to-Table Freshness Milk Sourced from 3rd & 4th Generation U.S. Family-owned Farms Grated parmesan cheese in a convenient, easy to use container Made from the milk of cows that are free range, grass fed, and treated humanely with care and respect No preservatives, binders, or fillers Sourced from cows that are rBGH and BST hormone free Made in the United States


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igourmet Parmigiano Reggiano 24 Month Top Grade - 2 Pound Club Cut (2 pound)

igourmet Parmigiano Reggiano 24 Month Top Grade - 2 Pound Club Cut (2 pound)

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Parmigiano Reggiano began life seven centuries ago in the Italian provinces of Parma, Reggio Emilia, Modena, part of Bologna and part of Mantua A delicious, full-flavored, best selling Italian cheese for eating or grating Aged for two years, this premium quality Parmigiano Reggiano will enrich any meal or dish


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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 cup (100g)
Amount per Serving
Calories 431Calories from Fat 257
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 28.6g 44%
Saturated Fat 17.3g 87%
Trans Fat ~
Cholesterol 88mg 29%
Sodium 1529mg 64%
Total Carbohydrate 4.1g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 0.9
Protein 38.5g
Vitamin A 9% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 111% Iron 5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your caloric needs.

Where found

Parmesan cheese is usually found in the cheeses section or aisle of the grocery store or supermarket.

Food group

Parmesan, parmigiano-reggiano cheese, grated is a member of the Dairy and Egg Products USDA nutritional food group.

How much does Parmesan cheese weigh?

measure grams
1 cup 100
1 tbsp 5
1 oz 28

In Chinese:巴马干酪,帕马森干酪芝士,磨碎
British (UK) term: Parmesan, parmigiano-reggiano cheese, grated
en français:fromage parmesan
en español:queso parmesano

Recipes using Parmesan cheese

There are 2687 recipes that contain this ingredient.

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