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Where can I buy Cojito cheese in the burbs?

Displaced California Foodie Mar 9, 2008 03:56 PM

Hello - need (Mexican) Cojito cheese for a recipe. Can anyone tell me where to find it in the Philly burbs? Tried Whole Foods- no luck.

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    jwbausch RE: Displaced California Foodie Mar 9, 2008 04:37 PM

    I've found cotija cheese at the supermarket in Norristown not far from Michocana. Perhaps that might be a place to check.

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      rabidog RE: jwbausch Mar 9, 2008 07:55 PM

      that's what i would think, too. there are a ton of mini-markets etc on west marshall street in norristown, makes for an interesting stroll. never particularly looked for cojita cheese (but now you've got me craving it) but i'm sure if it can be found anywhere it will be found there.

    2. mschow RE: Displaced California Foodie Mar 9, 2008 09:36 PM

      In NJ, there are 2 Supremo Stop and Shop supermarkets that really cater to the hispanic shopper. They have a HUGE selection of cheese, including a few different brands of Cojito. Closest one to the city is on 130 in Pennsauken. It's about a 5 minute ride from the BF bridge. You can get about anything you need from produce to meat, to sauces to spices, when it comes to Mexican or any sort of Central or South American food. It's fairly large, BTW.

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        keby RE: Displaced California Foodie Mar 10, 2008 06:33 AM

        I know the mexican grocery store in West Chester (next to Senora's restaurant & police station on Gay st.) has it and they often have it at the other mexican store 2 blocks up in a shopping center. Also, the Shoprite in West Chester usually has it.

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          lillotis RE: keby Mar 10, 2008 09:26 AM

          The cheese shop in Ardmore Farmer's market- Downtown Cheese- is the best. They may have it. Maybe Wegman's or Trader Joe;s too?

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          jzerocsk RE: Displaced California Foodie Mar 10, 2008 01:34 PM

          Can usually find it at the Shop Rite on Germantown in W. Norriton.

          1. crazyspice RE: Displaced California Foodie Mar 10, 2008 01:40 PM

            Did you check the Chestnut Hill Cheese Shop?

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              Displaced California Foodie RE: Displaced California Foodie Mar 10, 2008 04:23 PM

              Thank you for the suggestions.
              I'm making this recipe: Baked Chile Rellenos - see recipe via attached link:


              Do you have any substitution suggestions for the chorizo?
              I'm thinking of making without the chorizo but serving with a spicy salsa. Any thoughts?

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                macdonwald RE: Displaced California Foodie Mar 11, 2008 07:18 AM

                I've been having a devil of a time finding Mexican cheese (queso fresco, queso anejo) in general. Definitely not at Trader Joe's in Abington, not at Whole Foods in Abington (the cheese guy said they used to carry it, but no one bought it), not at DiBruno Bros. downtown. Someone mentioned Chestnut Hill Cheese Shop--anyone know if they have it there? (or anywhere in Center City or Eastern Mont. Co.)

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                  mschow RE: macdonwald Mar 11, 2008 07:59 AM

                  I mentioned above Supremo Supermarket in Pennsauken, which caters to hispanics. They have a huge selection of Mexican cheeses, some of which I have never heard of. I was stunned by the amount of cheese they offer. A dozen different kinds of tortillas. Aisles of rice, beans, spices, canned goods. Big produce selection of hard to find items, very well priced. All sorts of meat and dozens of types of sausage.
                  Anyway, according to this thread on chowhound, there is also a location in the Northeast. If it is anything like the store in Pennsauken, you won't be disappointed. Good luck, and report back if you take the trip. I guarantee you will find the cheese you are looking for.

                2. Fitzy31 RE: Displaced California Foodie Mar 11, 2008 11:08 AM

                  Give Ramondo's Cheese in Phoenixville a try.
                  164 Bridge St, Phoenixville - (610) 933-5716

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                    lillotis RE: Fitzy31 Mar 11, 2008 12:35 PM

                    12th Street Cantina in Reading Terminal sells some Mexican cheeses too.

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                    Displaced California Foodie RE: Displaced California Foodie Mar 18, 2008 06:12 PM

                    Thank you everyone for your suggestions. jzerocsk: I went to shop rite and found the Cojito cheese! I have not been there in about 2 years and what a huge assortment of Mexican goodies. Queso fresco, salsas and seasonings!!! A great selection of chiles in the produce dept AND THEY WERE NOT SHRIVELED! I feel like I am in Southern California again!!!
                    Thank you!!

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                      keby RE: Displaced California Foodie Apr 1, 2008 07:12 AM

                      Stick with Shoprite for your ethnic foods. Not gourmet, but very authentic ingredients. It's my go to place for mexican, indian, and thai/japan/chinese flavors

                    2. missclaudy RE: Displaced California Foodie Mar 30, 2008 02:11 PM

                      Is this the same as Cotija cheese?

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                        Displaced California Foodie RE: missclaudy Apr 22, 2008 04:19 PM

                        I spelled it incorrectly! :-( Sorry folks!

                      2. Eat_Nopal RE: Displaced California Foodie Apr 22, 2008 04:32 PM

                        FYI... a cojito is a little gimp wheras cotija is a cheese.

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                          gardens4me RE: Displaced California Foodie May 6, 2008 02:51 PM

                          There is a Mexican Grocery store in Fraser near the Classic Diner.....I'll check out the name and report it back here.

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