Why is some of my cheese weird?
May 2, 2012 6:07 PM Subscribe
Food puzzler: I frequently buy the same kind of factory-packaged Tillamook
cheese from the grocery store in ~8 ounce plastic wrappers. Oddly, the same product is not always the same - each package has one of two very dissimilar textures, either dry/crisp or oily/plasticky. Last week I bought two packages from the same store sitting in the same row - and one has the texture I like, one has the plasticky texture. Any idea why?
posted by arnicae to Food & Drink (14 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
The textures are markedly different. I'd say I get the normal texture in 2/3 of my purchases and the oily texture in 1/3 of my purchases, so the oily texture isn't that abnormal. I have been curious about this for YEARS and thought - who better than metafilter to explain what is up with my cheese?!
The normal texture is dry, slightly even crumbly, and easy to cut thin slices with a sharp knife. The slices cut off from the loaf almost like carving shavings from a piece of wood. The cheese is firm and dry and doesn't leave an oily aftertaste.
The plasticky texture is greasy and plasticky, and is difficult to cut. My sharp knife kind of hangs up on the cheese, resulting in uneven, thicker slices. The cheese is moist looking even a little greasy in appearance. It leaves an oily aftertaste, almost like the feeling you get when you've eaten too much of something.
The cheese is stocked by a lot of different supermarket chains, and it doesn't seem to matter if I buy it at Safeway, Ralphs, or Whole Foods - I still get the texture variation. It doesn't seem to have anything to do with what I do with the cheese - it always goes straight into the fridge after coming home from the store. The cheeses look the same uncut.
This has always puzzled me. Anyone have any idea why this happens?