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Saving Money on Cheese

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Cheese is a favorite ingredient in many recipes and a great snack food. This is a guide about saving money on cheese.
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April 23, 2010

Watch your prices on items such as cheese. In my area, I can buy a 16 oz. block of cheese far cheaper than I can buy an 8 oz. package of the same cheese grated. I take it home and grate it myself and save the difference.

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You can also freeze cheese to be grated, and it grates easier. This saves me around $12 a month in cheese alone.

By mom-from-missouri from NW Missouri

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March 13, 20090 found this helpful

Tips and advice for saving money on cheese.

Low Fat Mozzarella

I find that the least expensive low-fat cheese is low-skim mozzarella! If you get it in blocks at Smart and Final or another "case" store, it's even less expensive, although a bit more rubbery.
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By Pamphyila

Costco

I buy shredded cheese at Costco. It costs $10 for 5 pounds, cheaper than buying a block of the same brand, and all the work is done. I freeze it in smaller sections. I can also get shredded Parmesan in the dairy case for much cheaper than buying the big jar. Again, I just freeze what I can't use right away. I only buy cheese every few months this way.

By Jess

Walmart

I was surprised when a few weeks ago I saw a man pick out the grated cheese package at Wal-Mart. I went over and checked it out for myself after that and found that the grated cheese was cheaper than the block cheese! This was really nice because it's easier to use the grated cheese in casseroles and on tacos and the grating is already done for you!

By Deb E

Divide Cheese

I've been buying the big bags of cheese for a long time. I've found recently, however, that it's important to divide and freeze if you're not going to use in the next few weeks; the cheese will start to 'sweat' on the bottom of the package if you don't use it up right away.

This is one of my favorite ways to save money.

By Mama Kim

Use Stronger Cheese

Use a stronger variety of cheese than you normally do, and you can use less of it and still have a cheesy flavor. For example, substitute sharp cheddar for colby.

By Nanaverm

Freezing Cheese

We buy our cheese in the large bags already shredded at Wal-Mart. We only do our shopping once a month, so we make sure to buy one of each kind that we use, then when I get home I take a paper towel put it into our storage bags. We use the food saver storage system, then I divide everything in to halves so I have everything sealed and frozen for when we need it the most. Saving money and time.

By Linda

Watch For Imitations

Please keep in mind that if you purchase mozzarella cheese at Wal-mart it will probably be "imitation" mozzarella cheese. This kind of cheese does not melt well and, to me, has an awful taste.

By Gina

Don't Freeze Cream Cheese

I've been buying cheese in bulk when on sale and freezing in portions like the folks above. However, don't make the mistake of freezing cream cheese. It changes the consistency and the flavor.
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By Jamjar

Don't Freeze Sour Cream Either

I know it's "cream" and not "cheese" but I want to put this out there. If you freeze sour cream, don't expect to use it in it's original form after it thaws. It's really watery and looks like baby spit up! (sorry) So if you do freeze it, you'll probably only want to use it in cakes and such.

By Lacy

Add Flour to Grated Cheese

When you grate your cheese, add flour to it, shake it up good, and put in freezer. Does not hurt flavor or usage. I use for all.

By Elayne

Divide Cheese Into 1 Cup Portions

I also buy the large bags of shredded cheese. I also get the snack size zip lock type bags at Big Lots and they hold 1 cup of shredded cheese. So I divide the large bag into my little snack bags and freeze them. I can then pull out and use a full bag in casseroles or just use part of a bag to add a little to my tacos or tuna melt.

By Caotter

Get Cheese Factory Scraps

We actually live near a cheese factory! Every 6 months or so, we go and buy a ton of the odd ends and pieces, pack them in our cooler, then run it all through the shredder attachment of the KitchenAid and freeze it in sandwich bags that are exactly the right size to top a casserole.

By Jana

Block Cheese

I also know that the difference between block cheese and all ready shredded cheese in bags is that the shredded bags of cheese are more convenient but it contains fillers. So, bottom line: you get more cheese with the block.

By Rosa G.

Have Your Cheese Thinly Sliced

If you buy cheese at the deli - on sale of course - get it sliced thinner. A few more slices per pound equals a few more sandwiches per pound.

Here's a guide with tips and advice about freezing cheese:

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June 28, 20050 found this helpful

Pre-shredded cheese is expensive so I have come up with a cheaper way to have this convenience. When I buy a block of cheese, I go ahead and grate the whole thing. I then put the cheese in a gallon freezer zip lock bag with a rounded tablespoon of cornstarch.

Then I shake the bag so that it lightly coats the cheese. This keeps it from sticking together when you store it in the freezer. I keep mine in the freezer so that it will keep longer. It does not take long to thaw because it is in small shavings! I use it in salads, chili, tacos, etc. This is my all-time favorite tip!

By Paula

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July 28, 20100 found this helpful

I buy cheese ends cheap, shred them in a food processor, and use as toppings on all kinds of food. I also use the shredded cheese to make mac 'n cheese, etc. I add a half teaspoon of flour, so the cheese doesn't stick together.

By Shirley from East Windsor, NJ

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July 28, 20100 found this helpful

Whenever I go shopping, I notice how expensive lunchmeat is. My son LOVES cheese (cheese sandwich for lunch, cheese with dinner, cheese as a snack), and it really runs up the bill. Before I go to the deli, I'll run by the little cases they have around the deli (check all of them), and I see if they have any packaged "cheese ends". Last time I shopped, I bought two HUGE packages.

A lot of times, they are larger chunks, but you can make them work in sandwiches, and you'll also find slimmer slices mixed in with the larger ones. I usually buy a few packages of these, and one pound of regular sliced cheese. I use the cheese ends whenever I need to melt cheese for something, or am running out, and they are much cheaper than deli prices! I've also bought turkey ends for hot turkey in gravy, and bologna ends for my boyfriend's sandwiches.

By Jacqueline

Answers:

Buy Deli Meat and Cheese Ends

These ends can be frozen for later use such as extending pasta salad, appetizers etc. (05/31/2005)

By kelleno

Buy Deli Meat and Cheese Ends

If you shop at Sam's, they have very good deals on deli cheese. (06/01/2005)

By Holly

Buy Deli Meat and Cheese Ends

Some cheeses freeze better than others. Some will crumble after they're thawed which makes them impossible to cut, but perfect for melting, just experiment. You can try serving the cheese cubes for a snack with some pretzels and hot mustard to dip them in. Cheese and crackers. Cheese and grapes or other fruit? It will make the cheese last longer by not having so much at one sitting. Cheese contains too much salt and fat to eat so much in one day, anyway. This is from a cheese-a-holic, love cheese, but enjoy the variety platter snacks, too. So do the kids. (06/08/2005)

By kidsNclutter

Buy Deli Meat and Cheese Ends

Deli turkey ends make great turkey salad! (03/02/2009)

By Jeannie

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