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Tasty Cheese [Moved from Australia/New Zealand board]

mamaciita Apr 12, 2007 08:58 AM

I have a neighbor--an Aussie native--here in Louisville, Kentucky, who passes on to me the Australian magazines that her mom sends over.

I've seen "tasty cheese" listed as a recipe ingredient; can someone tell me the American equivalent?

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    bettylee Apr 23, 2007 10:10 PM

    Any sharp/aged cheddar will substitute for Tasty cheese. The big brands here in New Zealand are Mainland and Anchor and they taste like any sharp cheddar I've had back home - Cabot, etc.

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    1. re: bettylee
      jberryl Apr 26, 2007 07:41 AM

      Sams Club has 5 year old cheddar which is one of my favorite cheeses.

    2. purple goddess Apr 12, 2007 02:36 PM

      tasty cheese is a generic term for not-cream cheese. It was coined in the 60/70's when the only readily available cheeses were Kraft "Cheddar"(a bizarre thickened milk product, the making of which involved alchemy and now-banned chemical processing.. I think it's similar to your Velveeta) and "tasty".

      Tasty cheese comes pre shredded and in solid block form. It is predominantly cheddar, but a cheaper, more generic version.

      The most common brand of Tasty Cheese is Coon.

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        yeoyeo Apr 12, 2007 09:04 AM

        What they mean by that is cheddar cheese. Have you ever had Grafton Village's sharp cheddar (aged 5 years)? Divine.

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          mamaciita Apr 12, 2007 09:06 AM

          Thank you!!

          Is Grafton Village available in the States?

          1. re: mamaciita
            yeoyeo Apr 12, 2007 09:20 AM

            It is! The company is in Vermont. They have a very good website (www.graftonvillagecheese.com). But also you can find the cheese at fine markets. It's wrapped in black wax so that's something to look for. I have seen it at Wild Oats (now Whole Foods, I think). If you're ever near Newport, RI, Max's Market sells it along with fine accompaniments.

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