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Manchego Cheese

Kosher Critic Feb 6, 2008 09:07 AM

I wanted to report that the recently available Maese Miguel brand of kosher manchego is very tasty. I found it at the uptown Fairway.

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    foxdammit RE: Kosher Critic Jul 14, 2008 05:28 PM

    As a former non-kosher eater, i have missed Manchego for years. Maese Miguel is the real authentic deal.
    And now its gone. I am in despair. If anyone finds it again, PLEASE email me at foxdammit@aol.com and let me know where.

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      Kosher Critic RE: foxdammit Jul 16, 2008 09:04 AM

      The kosher cheese situation is getting worse of late.

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        koshergourmetmart RE: Kosher Critic Jul 16, 2008 09:07 AM

        how so?

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          Kosher Critic RE: koshergourmetmart Jul 17, 2008 01:55 PM

          I have been seeing fewer European cheeses in the market. Aslo, the end of the Joseph's Farm line was a significant setback as it was an improvement over the mainstream brands. Finally, I have found that Le Petit Fermiere has gone down in quality recently.

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            zatar RE: Kosher Critic Jul 20, 2008 07:40 AM

            kosheritalia.com offers a variety of imported cheeses and other interesting food items on line. I don't see Manchego on their list, though.

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              ganeden RE: Kosher Critic Jul 20, 2008 09:47 AM


              Availability of European cheese is a direct result of lack of demand. They're available in Europe. Lack of a large enough sophisticated consumer base in the USA is causing importers to think twice- especially since the new, small importers pay more in the way of importation fees, duties, etc than the established companies, ensuring higher costs to consumers than would otherwise have been the case.

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                Kosher Critic RE: ganeden Jul 21, 2008 08:15 AM

                A small company may face higher transportation costs. However, Customs duty rates do not vary according to the size of the importer.

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            ferret RE: Kosher Critic Jul 17, 2008 02:13 PM

            To the contrary, I've never known a time when there were so many options for Kosher cheese. Problem with the economy being the way that it is and most of the Kosher purveyors being less attuned to the "foodie" world, you're gonna find a lot of cheddar, mozzarella and munster hogging the shelves. People are making it, but getting it on store shelves is a battle.

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