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Jul 22, 2007 07:42 PM

Cheeses native to Caribbean?

I am compiling a caribbean tasting menu for a restaurant and was wondering what cheeses are native to the caribbean, if any.

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  1. something made from evaporated milk? or sweetened condensed? maybe some goat cheese operations?

    I'm not sure those islands had the space or climate for large scale dairy operations.


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    1. re: paulj

      Loblaw's, in Ontario, used to sell (and maybe still does) something called "Caribbean Cheddar". This was old cheddar with bits of hot pepper mixed in. I have my doubts that this was a genuine Caribbean food.

    2. I don't know if they have any in your area. But in Toronto you can get what I call can cheese at the local West Indian store. It is made on different islands, but I always get Tastee which is a brand made in Jamaica. I am not sure if you want to find it though, this stuff is like velveeta, but it doesn't melt (easily)

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      1. re: sweetie

        The search on Tastee cheese turns up a number web sites. Apparently this is a processed cheddar, probably using imported cheese from some where like New Zealand. Canning makes a lot of sense, given the hot climate and limited refrigeration (in the past). Same reason that Key Lime pie is made with condensed milk.

        Looks like most of this cheese is eaten with 'Easter bun'

        The Jamaica company: