After my trip to Costco today, I went about my usual routine of grating my own cheese from the huge block that I buy there and realized... hmmm... I don't think everyone else does this. Perhaps I can inspire :)
I must tell you all a deep dark secret of mine. I LOVE cheese. Like. a Lot. We go through quite a bit of cheese around here and I cant stand buying 2 lb loafs for $10+ as often as I do. Here's my solution. I pick up the 5 lb. loaf of Sharp Cheddar from Costco for about $12 instead. Now, although we eat a lot of cheese, we definitely don't go through a 5 lb block fast enough for it to not go moldy. So, I split it up into thirds.
- 1/3 is kept in the refrigerator for slicing, etc
- 1/3 is grated and kept in the fridge for anything that calls for grated cheese
- 1/3 is grated and frozen to pull out once the bag in the fridge is empty
Using the cheese grater attachment for my Bosch mixer, I cut large chunks and grate them section at a time.
you must try one! Seriously, I am convinced that once you go Bosch you will never go back. If you have a Bosch, you must get the cheese grater! It is equally amazing and is not just for cheese. I use it for grated onions, and any veggies you want grated (i.e. carrots for salads, etc).
Once the cheese is grated, I freeze 1/3 in a zip loc freezer bag, and throw the other bag in the fridge.