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Nov 16, 2010 06:16 PM

Port Wine Cheese - HELP!!!!

My husband really, really woud like some. Any ideas where I can find a Kosher version please? I will be in Baltimore shortly, I live in the Philadelphia area, will be in South Jersey/Cherry Hill area shortly and coudl even go north to NY (if I must) Mail order is a last possible option. Please help me find him some cheese!

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    1. re: DeisCane

      I could be remembering wrong, but I think I've seen it at Pomegranate in Brooklyn. Maybe worth a phone call.

      1. re: tdg

        I think I saw it a while ago in Pomegranate. I was there last week, and noticed that the cheese section was kind of changed around.. may be worth it to call and ask.

    2. Millers (World Cheese) used to make it, though its packaging was horrible. It was labeled "wine flavored cheese product). It did not use real Port.

      There are recipes on-line, but they call for (duh) Port, which is rather expensive. You would need to make a lot of it (or like Port). The cheddar cheese is usually mixed with other ingredients to give it a soft texture. Another problem is finding a good cheddar to use -- there are very few that are really high quality. Cabots and Cheese Guy (both available with OU, the regular production are not reliably kosher despite any labels to the contrary) are about the best you are likely to get (I also like 5 Spokes but would not use it for this).

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      1. re: mrogovin

        Actually, the Miller's product was labelled Cold Pack Cheese Product, which is the technical name for Cheddar made spreadable by processing it without heat and adding whey, red dye (often Carmine), cream, water and other ingredients to make it spread easily and look pretty. Similar to making cheese wiz or velvetta, except those are heat processed.

        There are recipes for making your own, which is your best bet since you control what does in. I tried it once with mediocre results, but I did not use real Port (too costly). Make it when you are having company and you will drink the wine :-) so it does not go to waste, and use a quality sharp cheddar like Cabot. If you want the cheese to be orange, use Annatto or another coloring agent (that is what makes Cheddar orange - it is naturally pale yellow). You may need to boost the red color of the wine too. Look for online recipes for making it.

        1. re: mrogovin

          I have never had port wine cheese, but I found this recipe that looks incredibly simple. Perhaps I will try it too.

          1. re: mamaleh

            Oh thank you so much for the recipe! My husband was thrilled and it looks easy enbought to do. I mean it lookes easier than the glazed nuts I made tonight (I had to hand beat egg whites, a first for me) Now all I need a food processor. Any sugfgetions for a small - ish one? I onkly have chop chops and not a full or even mid sized machine.
            Thanks again!

            1. re: Prettypoodle

              I'm wondering if a good blender would work for this recipe. As far as food processors go, I've had my 9 cup Cuisinart for over 13 years and I use it daily. I have not replaced a single part, and I clean the parts in the dishwasher. It is one of my best kitchen investments. The 14 cup Cuisinart is on sale right now at Costco for $139.99 after rebate. I also have a Cusinart mini prep that I never use - I prefer a coffee grinder for small jobs.

              1. re: mamaleh

                How do you handle the kashruit issues with your food processor? As for a blender, that is a touchy subject here. I had one, Used it ONCE in over 10 years and got rid of it before our last move a few years ago. Why is this a touchy subject, my non hubby gacve it to me for our first Hannukkah ever. Why he thought this was the perfect gift, I will never know, but I certainly did not need it, especially then when i was a broke student paying $.33 a pacakge for Kosher ramin noodles (which was often my dinner - yeah i was really broke!)

                1. re: Prettypoodle

                  Maybe you could narrow down your question. I am having trouble understanding A) what you mean by kashrut issues with the processor, and B) what the story about the blender adds to the question. (And if you were a broke student, is it possible he felt you could make more tasty and/or healthy food than ramen noodles if you had the blender? Just a thought.)
                  If you are asking about chalavi/bisari/parve . . . I keep my processor parve. I have chalavi and bisari immersion blenders as well, which do some of the jobs of a processor (and which I use mainly for pureeing soup).

                  1. re: queenscook

                    Nah the brlender was not for healthier meals, seriously all i could afford was ramin sometimes. When i coudl afford more i bought more fruit and veggies. No the blender was the result of me once saying didn't HAVE one, not that I WANTED one. Ahh I supposed he tried, but it was kind of a flop of a gift.
                    Can you get other blades and cups for food processors so I can keep some daity and some parve? Or must i buy two units?

                    1. re: Prettypoodle

                      I keep my food processor parve. I have an immersion blender that's also parve.

                      My blender is dairy -- I use it to make smoothies. I've never had a problem using my blender to puree dairy recipes that call for a food processor. It's not an expensive blender either.

                      1. re: Prettypoodle

                        You can purchase extra bowls and blades and other parts through Cuisinart. However:
                        1) I would check with your Rabbi first. Depending on the model, it is possible that even if you have separate bowls and blades, meat and dairy can come in contact with other parts of the machine.
                        2) By the time you are finished buying all of the extra parts, you are close to the same price as a new food processor.
                        Like some of the other posts, my food processor is pareve. My blender is dairy, and I have a dairy immersion blender for blending soup and sauces in the pot. If I'm doing a lot of cooking, I don't use the immersion blender because I find it tires out my arm, so I use the blender instead.

        2. Thank you all for your help and suggestions. This is what I have learned. From the VERY nice man at Pomogranite's cheese dept/counter - they no longer sell it. Strike one.
          From the equally nice Dave at Seven MIle Market in Baltimore - he simply can not get it, it is no longer made. he called his cheese guy in NY who told him that sad, sad fact. Strike two.
          I am bummed as my husband had really wanted some. BUT on a happier note the all new, way bigger Seven Mile MArket is now open (and I get to go there and shop VERY soon WOO HOO!) and Dave the super nice dairy dude there said he will keep trying to find some for me! So all is not lost.

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          1. re: Prettypoodle

            I could be totally wrong, but I believe I have seen it in Rockland Kosher (monsey) as recently as May- I actually bought a port wine/ cranberry cheese for my dad when he was on vacation here. Honestly, his report was not exactly glowing, but to each their own...

            1. re: marissaj

              The next time you are there could you please get me the brand of this product. I have a feeling if I had that that the super nice diary guy at 7 Mile Market might be able to get it for me.

              1. re: Prettypoodle

                It was made in store. Many of their cheeses are.

                1. re: marissaj

                  Do you know if they do mail order? Yeah i am desperate. :(

                  1. re: Prettypoodle

                    Pretty -

                    This is a far-out suggestion, but as you said, you are desperate. I would suggest joining the Yahoo group -- TeaneckShuls and posting your request there -- there are enough subscribers (over 11,000) that you probably can find someone going from Monsey to B'more, who might be willing to do this for you --with either direct compensation or a donation to a charity.

                    1. re: vallevin

                      OH I will try this. THANKS! I wounder if on the way to Baltimore, they'd stop in Philadelphia (closer to where I am)
                      My poor husband really, really wants some and was so sad when I told him it was discountinued 10 YEARS ago according to the Baltimore cheese guys contact in NY.

                      1. re: Prettypoodle

                        Why don't you call them first and find out if they have it?

                        1. re: marissaj

                          I will have to do that, have not had the chance yet.

                        2. re: Prettypoodle

                          Ooooooooo, I thought you were in B'more

                          You can find someone schlepping to Penn, Bala Cynwyd or Cherry Hill. are any of those close to youi?

                          1. re: vallevin

                            Yeah all three are, thanks. I assume you mean U of Penn, not too hard to get to, we shop very close to BC and usually drive through both going and comming. CH is the furthest, but I grew up there! Thanks so much for the tips, I will have to look into this further and hopefully I can make the husband a bit happier! :)

              2. re: Prettypoodle

                I was just in Pomegranate and they had a bunch of packages of Cranberry Port Wine Cheese in the fresh cheese section. I would call them up and see if they will ship. I know they deliver to Deal, can you go pick it up from there?

                1. re: EllieS

                  YES!!!!!!! I so didn't want to tell my husband I really do need a blender. THANK YOU!