It’s an ongoing debate in my household. Moldy cheese: to eat or not to eat? I eat it. I just shave off the mold. Hey, dairy products are expensive and they can take a bite out of your budget. My sister on the other hand thinks it’s gross and my father is reluctant. You don’t have to eat moldy cheese to save money, below I share tips.
1. Go solid – I skip the shredded cheese because it costs more. You end up paying for the convenience of having it ready to go. Buying a block of cheese will cost less. Just shred when needed.
2. Buy in bulk – This sounds counter intuitive, but it works if you freeze your cheese. Just make sure to compare prices at your local warehouse and grocery store!
3. Use stronger cheese – You’ll end up using less cheese and spending less money if you go for sharp cheese varieties. I particularly like sharp cheddar for grilled cheeses and chillies.
4. Divide and conquer – Shred solid cheese and divide it into portions. Freeze the rest and thaw when needed. I need to get better at this! If mold starts to grow on your cheese, don’t fret. According to the Mayo Clinic, you can slice of the moldy parts on hard and semi-soft cheeses and safely enjoy. Don’t try this with cottage cheese and cream cheese as the mold can send root threads throughout the cheese. Yuck!
5. Avoid grocery stores – Depending on the cheese you’re looking for, it may be less expensive to shop at gourmet stores. Grocery stores seldom have large quantities of fancy cheese and they can charge more. While you’re at it consider local farmers’ markets for great prices on artisan and local cheese.
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