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I Don't Like Cheese - Am I Alone?

If I tell people that i don't like cheese they look at me like i am crazy. I can handle mozzarella on pizza or minimal amounts on a hero but that is it. I do not like any other cheese. In fact i dislike every other cheese. Any cheese with actual flavor, i do not like. I just don't understand the stinky cheese at all.

I like almost all other kinds of foods and I feel that I do have somewhat of a decent palate so it is not like i just don't try and enjoy new types of foods. I am very open minded when it comes to eating.

am I the only one out there who feels this way? It seems that everybody loves cheese...

PS. I don't like cilantro either but that is a different topic.

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  1. You are not alone. The only way I can eat cheese is if it's cooked - weird I know. I desperately wish I liked cheese, I always feel like a picky toddler when I have to confess I don't like it. I am very open to trying new foods, I will happily eat foods considered unusual or 'gross' by others (offal, escargot, jellyfish, etc.), but I never feel less sophistocated than the moment I have to confess I don't like cheese.

    *sigh*

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    1. re: TheHuntress

      Wow! There's two of you! I'm surprised.

      I wish I didn't like cheese. Count your blessings.

      1. re: TheHuntress

        There are at least three of us. I can eat mozzarella on pizza or other pasta dishes. The sharper or more aged the cheese the worse it tastes to me. I can tolerate small amounts of melted cheddar cheese in a dish but absolutely can't stand unmelted cheese. The worse thing in the world to me is Parmesan cheese. I love milk but, I can't stand cottage cheese, sour cream or yogurt. It all taste sour to me. My whole family loves cheese, even my children.

      2. I don't like cheese either.

        I'd much rather have a root canal without Novocain than be presented with a cheese platter for dessert.

        Only times I like cheese are on pizzas (and only certain select types and combos), and on chili cheese fries.

        Other than that? Niet.

        1. I too hate cilantro. (Different topic.)

          But remove cheese from my diet? I'd rather not eat.

          1. If you enjoy pizza you enjoy cheese. It's too fundamental to the dish not to. You just don't enjoy cheese served alone I guess which is fine.

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            1. re: Chinon00

              I like cheese with pizza (sometimes, as mentioned above), but not on pasta, sandwiches, burgers, hot dogs, etc.

              And there are many pizzas I enjoy, no, love, that have no cheese on them. Roasted garlic, tomatoes, and arugala to name just one.

              1. re: Chinon00

                I disagree. I personally LOVE cheese, but am not a fan of COOKED cheese (though when cooked cheese is on pizza, it's pretty good). There are plenty of foods that have melted cheese that I really don't like, though I do love cheese on a cheese plate.

                Cheese is fundamentally different after it melts.

                1. re: walkerjly

                  So you'd like Parmigiano-Reggiano on a cheese plate but grated over pasta or risotto would be a bad idea for you?

                  1. re: Chinon00

                    Exactly! I never put cheese on my own plate of risotto or pasta (but I do add Parmigiano to risotto I'm serving to other people). And I love hunks of Parmigiano but itself!

                    I can completely understand liking melted cheese but not raw cheese since I feel the opposite.

              2. I don't like cheese. Won't eat it..... any way any shape any form. Not on pizza, not with wine. You would think i was insane.
                When I mention I want a HAMBURGER NOT A CHEESE BURGER, it takes a act of God to have this simple request happen on a regular basis.
                I cannot understand why, if I leave a glass of milk on the table over night, its BAD and should be thrown away..... But if I leave it there for another six months, its cheese and good again.
                Makes my head hurt.

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                1. re: tanker64

                  Its in a controlled environment, encouraging good bacterial growth and minimizing bad bacterial growth, completely.

                  1. re: mcnam003

                    i like milk, ice cream, most dairy products.. even like cream cheese on some things..like cake icing..etc.. just hate the taste, texture.. love to cook with it for others.. but will not eat it..nope

                  2. re: tanker64

                    thank God there's another me out there. i won't eat cheese no way in any way never have and at my age never will.. i have thrown a bag of burgers back thu a drive thu windows because they had cheese on em ( @ a wendy's ) people say your unamerican cause u don't like cheese i get so mad... just don't like it...

                      1. re: tanker64

                        Oh wow I get you on this point. While I lurve cheese in many forms, I don't want it on my burger. I can't count the number of times I've gone through a drive thru, then immediately had to park, go in, wait in line, and ask for my order to be corrected with NO cheese. Meanwhile the fries are cold and the drink is all melty.

                        To each their own. I'm picky myself so I'm certainly not going to criticize anyone else's preferences.

                        Edit: Twinkey - Ha! It ALWAYS happens at Wendy's. I've told them at the speaker, reminded them at the pay window, and then bam. Cheese.

                        1. re: NonnieMuss

                          you cant, i dont know, take the cheese off? at least in my experience at wendys, there cheese is never melted onto the burger.

                          1. re: charles_sills

                            It's usually melted enough that it doesn't just lift off on one slice. Also on drive-thru orders, by the time I get home it will have melted, and I don't want to pull over and deal with a floppy piece of cheese in my car. Plus, many places charge a little more for a cheeseburger than a hamburger. It may only be $.20, but I shouldn't have to pay it when I didn't order it/don't want it.

                            1. re: charles_sills

                              To me (and my wife), cheese on a great burger is like "white on rice." Going back many decades, we celebrated, when one of the best burger joints in the world, added cheddar (not sure if it was Cheddar, or cheddar?), to their wonderful burgers.

                              On occasion, I will do Bleu on a burger, but more often Cheddar/cheddar, and far, far less often Swiss, as I feel that it goes better with other sandwiches and meats, like Smoked Turkey, or even Roast Beef. Just my palate telling me which flavor profiles I like best.

                              Now, I also do not melt any cheese on the burger, though the heat of the patty will melt it a bit. I add the cheese, just before I dive in. I also have never warmed to cheese cooked IN a burger - even Bleu. I want the cheese added, after the cooking process, but that is just me.

                              Hunt

                            2. re: NonnieMuss

                              I've learned at fast food places to always mention any other modifications first.

                              i'd like a quarter pounder, no pickles, no cheese. or whatever. ask for extra ketchup, something, anything.

                              making the cheese the second mod seems to reduce the mistakes by about 70 percent. when you order a double cheeseburger no cheese, they just don't seem to notice.

                              1. re: KaimukiMan

                                K'man,

                                Though it has been at least 30 years, since I ordered a "Quarter-Pounder" (anywhere), but if the "cheese" is "American imitation cheese-food product," then I would not want that either. I sort of lean strongly to "real" cheese, and spend an inordinate amount of $ to ship in those products.

                                I also love a well-maintained "cheese trolley," with a knowledgeable fromagier at the helm, who knows each offering. While all might not be to my taste, I still love to explore - even if some items get left on my plate. How is one to know, unless they try everything, at least once.

                                Also, I feel strongly that some cheeses go with some dishes, and with some wines. There are NO universals, at least not for me.

                                Hunt

                                PS - I try to save some of my white wines, as I feel that they go better with more cheeses, than do reds, and I normally do a cheese course, either before a dessert, or in lieu of one.

                          2. "I Don't Like Cheese"

                            I'm reading the words - but they don't make sense.

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                            1. re: ferret

                              They certainly do not! It's almost an oxymoron. I cannot fathom not loving cheese to pieces but obviously not everyone has the same passions or tastes (which is a good thing). At any given moment I bet we have at least 8 cheeses in the fridge.

                              1. re: chefathome

                                I find the reactions interesting. If I said I dont eat meat, i would be a examplar of society.
                                I dont like cheese. I am not forcing you to hate it, I am not asking that it be removed from the supermarket, I am not inflicting my preferences on everyone. I only require that my food not have cheese. I am simply stating a personal preference.
                                My wife loves cheese. She learned to live with this along time ago. I probably know more about cheese than her as I often buy it for her. I have learned what she likes and dislikes and work accordingly.

                                1. re: tanker64

                                  Trust me, I'd react the same way to "I don't like meat."

                            2. That would be a tough thing not to like.

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                              1. re: sedimental

                                Just today I was thinking......A life without cheese isn't worth living....at least for me.

                                www.honestlygoodfood.com

                                1. re: sedimental

                                  It does make ordering Italian food interesting........

                                  1. re: tanker64

                                    not really. i love seafood and i know that i am almost always safe to order seafood at an italian place as it will not have cheese.

                                2. I LOVE cheese. However, a very good friend from college hates it. The very idea of it makes her feel ill. She grew up in an Italian family, so that was kind of difficult. You're not alone!

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                                  1. re: Heatherb

                                    I'm curious. Is it the underlying taste, the texture, the smell? All of the above? Or more an I don't know, all if it, it is too bad to even try to figure out what I don't like, I just don't like it. Are you OK with other dairy products? Yogurt, sour cream, ice cream, etc?

                                    1. re: KaimukiMan

                                      From what she has said, all of the above (taste, texture and smell). She has managed to find minimal usage of ricotta acceptable, but everything from grated parm on her pasta to a grilled cheese sandwich grosses her out. She loves milk and yogurt though. It baffles me a bit, to be honest because of the vast scope of her dislike. I mean, cheeses can be so varied!

                                      But I really do hate blue cheese with a passion - even just a little will utterly ruin a dish for me. I can always taste even a hint of that sour sour taste. I guess she feels the same way about ALL cheese.

                                      1. re: KaimukiMan

                                        For myself it's the smell and the taste. I also despise butter (gasp) but I love gelato and Greek yogurt as long as it's mixed with fruit. I actually get less grossed out by pungent cheeses that don't have a buttery taste, but that doesn't explain why I can't eat mozzy. Every now and then I will try a bite. So far the only cheese I can eat is ricotta but only in a very sweet cake to mask any remaining cheesy odor.

                                        1. re: KaimukiMan

                                          It's the smell, taste and texture. Never worked for me. I love Ice Cream. Sour cream makes good dips and I eat yogurt frequently.

                                          I never said it made any sense......

                                          1. re: KaimukiMan

                                            nope...i don't like yogurt, sour cream, mayo, etc. i am okay with ice cream.

                                            i would never ever drink a glass of milk on its own, yuk.

                                            it is not the texture...it is simply the taste. and the smell of course.

                                            1. re: Yaxpac

                                              I don't understand the inclusion of mayo here. Like it or not, not the point, but, "yogurt, sour cream, mayo, etc.", is sort of like, "petunias, impatiens, basketballs".

                                              One of these things is not like the other.

                                              EDIT: Yes, I know this post is old.

                                              1. re: sandylc

                                                Add cream cheese to the list too.

                                                They are all creamy white substances...similar in nature to me. I am okay with basketballs though, just not to eat.

                                          1. I find it odd that someone can not like the entire range of cheese. There's such variation, from a soft and creamy St Marcelin to a rock hard mimolette, that there's almost no similarity. It's like saying you don't like chicken, beef and pork because they are all meats.

                                            And like a few others here, if I were to stop eating cheese I may as well give up food. I have 8-10 kinds on the go at all times and eat it for at least 2 meals a day.

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                                            1. re: Dan G

                                              Oy. I've gotten this before. Yes there are numerous types of cheese. However, there is a commonality- they're all fermented moldy milk products of some sort. It's not so impossible to understand that if your palate finds one cheese to be vile that it will feel likewise about most other cheeses. I should not have to explain that yes I've tasted Brie, Camembert, goat, mozzarella, hard and soft, mild and stinky... And they're all stuff of my nightmares. Sometimes "I hate cheese" means just that.

                                            2. You're not a true cheese hater if you like mozzarella! :) do a search fir some of my old cheese hatin' posts. Cheese is evil and it's a cheese world. Sigh. :)

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                                              1. re: NicoleFriedman

                                                thank you nicole...i agree with all that you wrote.

                                              2. In another thread, someone mentioned the expression...

                                                "What a Friend We Have in Cheeses..."

                                                So apparently the love of cheese bordering on the religious is fairly widespread.

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                                                1. re: Tripeler

                                                  The second line of the song could read-
                                                  "Christ Almighty what a treat"

                                                  1. re: Tripeler

                                                    Favorite quote : "Cheese is as noble as bread and as brilliant as wine and may the three remain always the greatest tradition in gastronomy" (Anna Thomas, The Vegetarian Epicure, 1972).

                                                    1. re: NCVeggie

                                                      Beer is approximately 3,000 years older than wine.

                                                  2. I have one friend who hates all cheese. He is the only person I know who does. I know a lot oof people who dislike certain cheeses. I think most people turn their noses up at Limburger (I love it) and blue and goat cheeses are not enjoyed by a lot who love other cheeses.

                                                    For me, I can't think of a cheese I dislike.

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                                                    1. re: briansnat

                                                      I've yet to meet a cheese I didn't like. I love all of the ones you mentioned.

                                                    2. Ooops!! I looked at the title quickly and thought it said "I don't like cheese when I'm alone"
                                                      I like cheese when I'm alone and with other people :)

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                                                      1. I don't like cheese. Cooked, raw, by itself, in pasta or on pizza, whatever, I don't want to eat it. I've tried many different types from cheap grocery store cheddar to a bunch of different French cheeses (no idea what they all were- I guess I'm shamefully uneducated when it comes to cheese!) that a friend brought back from a trip to Paris- but it all tastes and smells like feet to me and makes me feel kind of sick. Feels like I'm chewing on a slab of fat. On the one hand it makes me feel kind of unsophisticated, on the other hand, i can't say I mind not enjoying a food that clocks in at around 120 calories for 30 g.

                                                        1. I don't like cheese, either......or milk, yogurt, etc. Most dairy products (not when something is made with milk or yogurt) make me feel like my tongue is wearing a sweater. Ugh.

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                                                          1. re: Brianne920

                                                            HAHAHAAHA!! I hear you will only drink chocolate milk :P OMG I had this awful experience, I went to the grocery store with my mom and thought i'd be nice to get a yogurt sample so that she would have 2 samples but as I was walking away the lady told me I HAD TO DRINK IT THERE!!! I didn't knwo what to do so I chugged it UGH :S

                                                          2. My two eldest children have never even TASTED cheese, they will not take the plunge. Ah, the problems of parenthood

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                                                            1. re: Delucacheesemonger

                                                              And you, a cheesemonger . . .so sad.

                                                              From childhood, no matter how much cheese we had, no matter the variety, it magically disappeared overnight.

                                                              1. Totally with you. I do eat pizza, but pretty much any other cheese based dish- melted or raw- is just gag-reflex-inducing for me. I drink milk, eat yogurt and ice cream, but I don't know, the combination of texture and flavors in just about any kind of cheese (mild to strong, it doesn't matter) is just so off-putting to me.

                                                                This is particularly tough as a vegetarian. Whenever someone plans for a "vegetarian option" more often then not it's some sort of pasta dripping in a thick white cheesy sauce. Ick.

                                                                So no, you're not alone, though in that moment when people are rolling their eyes at you and imploring you to "just try it" you're sort of out there in a world where no one else understands why you're being "so difficult about this thing that everyone else loves."

                                                                1. I have the same reaction to insects, I don't care if they are baked broiled or deep-fried, I am not eating them.

                                                                  1. The cheese may stand alone in the nursery rhyme, but in my house I'll defend cheese until the cows come home. And the goats and the sheep, too.

                                                                    1. The saddest tale in all the globe:
                                                                      The unenlightened cheeseaphobe.
                                                                      He'll never know the zesty glee
                                                                      Of cheddar, Parmesan or brie.
                                                                      How bleak the life if he eschew
                                                                      The joy of Camembert or bleu.
                                                                      But yet most say that nothing beats a
                                                                      Mozz and pepperoni pizza.

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                                                                      1. re: DonShirer

                                                                        That will have a lot of folks smiling without having to say cheese!

                                                                        1. re: DonShirer

                                                                          I must add to your cheesy rhyme
                                                                          Though it might seem to be a crime
                                                                          I don't pretend to understand
                                                                          The cheeseaphobes who roam this land
                                                                          But I might point out, what they eschew
                                                                          Just leaves more cheese for me and you!

                                                                          AWESOME post, Don! :)

                                                                        2. Yes, I do not like cheese either. It is annoying because I'll go to occasions and people get very prideful about an expensive cheese that they have.. and insist that I try it.. and I say no. They keep insisting. I keep saying no. Eventually they realize: nope, she really does not want the fancypants cheese.

                                                                          I would eat any sweet over cheese.

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                                                                          1. re: GraceW

                                                                            gracew i know your pain..lol. its like we are breaking the law or something.. had a heart surgeon tell me once it was the # 1 artery clooging food.. just hate the taste.... just for those who want to know for what ever reason i am white not that ..that would matter

                                                                          2. It's interesting reading the posts of other people who don't like cheese, which has actually made me realise I am not a huge fan of the whole dairy food group. Everything about cheese is just bad (unless it's a mild, cooked cheese as I previously mentioned), milk I can take it or leave it, as well as yoghurt. The only dairy products I actually care about are butter, cream, and of course ice cream!

                                                                            1. I am wondering if there is an ethnic, cultural component to disliking cheese- certainly certain cuisines do not have much dairy- those of you who don't like cheese -are you from an ethnic group, cultural identity that doesn't mcuh use dairy (i.e. Japanese, Chinese?)

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                                                                              1. re: karenfinan

                                                                                I do not like cheese, and I am Caucasian. My ancestors were from Britain.

                                                                                1. re: karenfinan

                                                                                  I am an Eastern European ashkenazi Jew. My mom loves cheddar and american on burgers and yet, here I am:}

                                                                                  1. re: NicoleFriedman

                                                                                    I think your dislike of cheese has all to do with your vegetarianism and nothing to do with your heritage.

                                                                                    1. re: Veggo

                                                                                      I am actually also a vegetarian...

                                                                                      1. re: GraceW

                                                                                        And you buttress my point. I don't think it is fair for vegetarians to color a dialog about cheese without disclosing their broader biases.

                                                                                        1. re: Veggo

                                                                                          Irish and PA Dutch- no cheese (or dairy, really) for me....and I truly love eating animals.

                                                                                          1. re: Brianne920

                                                                                            Irish? PA Dutch? And no cheese? I can't wrap my brain around that one.

                                                                                            But, as I have said before, "I won't yuck your yum" (or, in this case, "yum" your "yuck")

                                                                                            1. re: gaffk

                                                                                              Thank you :) And trust me, I'm the only member of my family with this odd affliction. Also- my mother is from Ireland and just a no-nonsense lady- if you didn't eat what she made, you just didn't eat. I'm only in my mid 20's now, and I vividly remember nights at the kitchen table, telling my mother she could make me sit there until I got to high school, and that macaroni and cheese would still be there. I'm pretty sure that I said I'd "rather eat bugs" more than once. That's probably why I'm a laywer now---stubborn and annoying as hell, from the get-go.

                                                                                              1. re: Brianne920

                                                                                                As I said before, that's why there is white pizza and tomato pie . . . to each their own. Pizza with tomato and cheese was the venn diagram ;)

                                                                                                1. re: gaffk

                                                                                                  Love the Venn diagram idea---and love tomato pie (sans any cheese sprinkling! haha)

                                                                                          2. re: Veggo

                                                                                            I am coming to the conclusion that I don't like a lot of meat -- chicken became "disgusting" most recently -- but you'll need a crowbar to get the last wedge of Parmigiano-Reggiano out of my hands.

                                                                                            Right or wrong, I attribute certain recent upticks in food dislikes to growing older. I will be officially "old" in the spring, and I just don't feel like eating certain things anymore that I've always enjoyed.

                                                                                            I haven't had eggs in the house in almost a year, though I did make pasta at a friend's, and enjoyed it enormously. I don't want to be anywhere near raw onions, and will only eat them if they are practically caramelized. I recently let a chicken carcass sit in my fridge until it grew mold. I used to love to make stock. I've always preferred white meat, but this time, I didn't even want to touch the legs and thighs.

                                                                                            I was making a list of things to buy for coq au vin on Sunday, and when I thought about legs and thighs, I knew I just would never actually cook them. Or I'd cook them, then not eat them.

                                                                                            I knew an old lady who, as she got older, just stopped doing anything she didn't want to do. All she ate the year (or more) before she died was ice cream. I know because I did all her shopping.

                                                                                            I've been thinking about who's going to get which piece of my cookware when I die. But this is more because I have a dear friend who's dying than because of any new attitude I may be developing towards food.

                                                                                            Tonight for dinner: St. Andre, "good" bread (I had a girlfriend whose mother described things as "good" long before any of us knew about Ina; I got "good" from her in 1970), Bonne Maman raspberry preserves.

                                                                                            1. re: Jay F

                                                                                              Sure, our preferences change along the way. If you are enjoying triple cream St. Andre and good bread and raspberries, your fuel tank is high octane, and may you continue to enjoy the journey.

                                                                                              1. re: Jay F

                                                                                                I love your old lady! More power to her--and not just about not eating food she didn't want to.
                                                                                                I love most cheeses, but I have to say I am not surprised at those who don't--there is plenty to dislike: sour taste + fatty mouth feel, plus notes of grass, and socks and sweet all together. I could almost talk myself out of it....almost.

                                                                                          3. re: Veggo

                                                                                            ? I'm not and never have been a vegetarian.

                                                                                            1. re: Veggo

                                                                                              i am not a vegetarian in any form,, hate cheese won't eat it in any form or any way.. but don't mind cooking with it for others.. i just hate it

                                                                                          4. re: karenfinan

                                                                                            Hmmm, I am Australian, born Portuguese and German, raised by Welsh and English. I am the only person in my family who doesn't eat cheese.

                                                                                              1. re: TheHuntress

                                                                                                Except for the cheese that's got maggots living in it, I'm not sure there's a cheese I wouldn't gladly try. Love it, love it, love it.

                                                                                                1. re: EWSflash

                                                                                                  Yeah, me neither. It's called Cazu Marzu and the maggots can be so loud and plentiful you can actually hear them from several feet away. According to a book on strange foods I have the author likens the sound they make to rain!! I love rain but not maggoty-cheese rain.

                                                                                                  Other than that, bring it on.

                                                                                              2. re: karenfinan

                                                                                                No cultural or ethnic component:
                                                                                                Try being Dutch and not liking cheese!
                                                                                                I will eat it melted though, but not raw. Can't handle the texture. I love milk yoghurt and almost all dairy products.
                                                                                                My brother won't eat cheese in any way, melted or raw. He does eat pizza though, he calls it pizza imbecilo (pizza without cheese). Our parents love cheese. Maybe it just skips a generation?

                                                                                                1. re: karenfinan

                                                                                                  For me, there is no ethnic, cultural component to my not liking cheese. If anything, my ethnic and cultural background would incline my to liking cheese. I'm caucasian. I'm from the southeast USA (Georgia and Mississippi). My culinary upbringing is pretty much what you'd expect in the South. Both my parents, all my siblings, and (as far as I know) all of my extended family love cheese. And, I am certainly NOT vegetarian either. I love steak (rare), chicken, pork. I have even eaten and liked guinea pig in Ecuador and caterpillars and ants in Brasil. I love trying new and exotic things. But cheese? Absolutely revolting—usually causing an immediate gag reflex.

                                                                                                2. To the OP: You are not alone. Don't sweat it, and don't let others pressure you. Obviously, from my moniker, I love it enough to make it my career.

                                                                                                  But the world turns 'round on our differences. The worst thing is when people genuinely do not like it, but keep trying to force themselves- don't do it.

                                                                                                  Ask me to eat an oyster, and I'm right there with you in distate level. :D

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                                                                                                  1. re: cheesemonger

                                                                                                    No lie, this week after eating sushi for fifteen years and trying sea urchin again for the first time in a few years (and previously absolutely hating it) I adore it now. As Churchill said:
                                                                                                    "Never give up, never give up, never ever ever give up!"

                                                                                                  2. Yes, you are alone.. and we are going to find you, you anti-cheesite, and "fix" this - we have ways of assimilating you into our cheese-loving horde..

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                                                                                                    1. re: grant.cook

                                                                                                      I really think that we are all individuals with our own unique combinations of taste buds and taste preferences. I love some cheeses but loathe others. I can't explain why. Some smelly cheeses make me drool while others smell like vomit to me and nearly turn my stomach. Asiago is one such cheese, yet I adore Parmigiano Reggiano and Pecorino varieties. I quite like Stilton, Roquefort and Cabrales, yet can't stand Gorgonzola. What can I say? My taste buds have strong opinions.

                                                                                                      My husband was shocked when, after purchasing several top quality 88% cocoa dark chocolate bars, I stated emphatically that I dislike dark chocolate, no matter what its provenance. I like milk chocolate and white chocolate, but I crave neither. He's interested in dark chocolate for its health properties. He pushed me to sample one square. The result? My tongue dried out on impact from the bitterness of the cocoa. I have the same reaction with red wines with heavy tannins. It's very unpleasant for me. I do like some red wines very much, though, plus some whites.

                                                                                                      If we all liked and consumed the very same things, how limited would our selections be? Vive la difference. I'm thrilled that so many different foods are readily available for us adventurous eaters to sample. I'm happy to risk hating something when tasting new foods, because the chances of loving it are equally great. Taste and smell are very developed senses for me and thus, I feel I tend to have strong reactions to them, positively or negatively.

                                                                                                      I don't understand why anyone would condemn someone else for disliking something. The only time I can be critical, though, is when people won't try something new or different, just because it's unfamiliar to them.

                                                                                                      1. re: 1sweetpea

                                                                                                        <<<<Some smelly cheeses make me drool while others smell like vomit to me and nearly turn my stomach. Asiago is one such cheese, yet I adore Parmigiano Reggiano and Pecorino varieties. I quite like Stilton, Roquefort and Cabrales, yet can't stand Gorgonzola.>>>>

                                                                                                        Parmigiano-Reggiano is my single favorite food. Asiago is okay. But Pecorino, that I find foul. I was so disappointed. I like _everything_ Italian. And the way some of the TV hosts and cookbook authors go on, I thought they were interchangeable. Hell, no.

                                                                                                        I've never had Cabrales, but Gorgonzola is the only cheese I like from your second list. I have an _active_ dislike of Stilton. When I was catering, I would always have someone else work with it if I could.

                                                                                                        1. re: Jay F

                                                                                                          Just out of interest, Jay F, have you encountered other types of Pecorino than Romano? I was intentionally vague in my post because I don't think many people have access to Pecorino Sardo or Pecorino Toscano, both of which are less salty and less smelly than Pecorino Romano. These are vastly superior to both Romano and the North American versions produced to mimic Pecorino Romano. You may well loathe them all, but I'm interested to know.

                                                                                                          If you don't like Stilton or Roquefort, I can pretty much guarantee that you'll dislike Cabrales too. It's up there with Roquefort in terms of intensity/rankness.

                                                                                                          Do you like aged Gruyuere? That's another I quite dislike, unless combined with Emmenthal and bubbling atop an authentic onion soup. In that case, it's fine, as it serves its purpose.

                                                                                                          As a fan of many cheeses, I'm really quite shocked that I can be so picky from one cheese to the next. I could create a lengthy list of cheeses from around the world and I suspect that my "yuck" list would be nearly as long as the "yum" list.

                                                                                                          1. re: 1sweetpea

                                                                                                            Re: Pecorino, I'm honestly not sure if I've had Sardo or Toscano. But I will now try them. I'm not crazy about gruyere unless it's cooked in something, like quiche or onion soup. As an eating cheese, there are just so many better ways to spend the money.

                                                                                                        2. re: 1sweetpea

                                                                                                          Is it bad that I distinctly smell barf smells of some cheeses and it makes me want it more?

                                                                                                        1. My 28 year old daughter hates cheese. She orders pizza without cheese and also hates chocolate. We think she's an alien. :) This has been going on all her life. I have a picture of her in her high chair spitting out chocolate pudding.

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                                                                                                          1. re: joan828

                                                                                                            Oh and we are Boston Irish. All of us are meat lovers. She just does not like the taste of any kind of cheese, including cream cheese. :)

                                                                                                          2. I don't get a dislike for cheese, but I am sure some people don't get my dislike for liver in any form. I have 7-10 different types of cheese in my refrigerator at all times. I can't do without it.

                                                                                                            1. I don't get claiming to not like cheese then naming when you like cheese.

                                                                                                              1. If you don't like it, and you have tried it, and tried again, and still don't like it, then why worry about it. Just say no thanks. Yes it can be limiting, but I'm sure you have found ways to deal with it. And no you are not alone. Tastes do change over time, but not always. Who knows, maybe your body is telling you something. After all there is some evidence that until only about 10,000 years ago humans couldn't digest milk past infancy.

                                                                                                                1. 12 yr old DD, with an otherwise discriminating palate, absolutely detests cheese & always has; however, doesn't mind cooked cheese such as pizza. Some psychological block I figure since she won't even try anything (not even cream cheese frosting on a delectable Kara's Cupcake). During a vacation dinner at Osteria Mozza in L.A., obviously jealous from seeing the rest of us blissfully enjoying ricotta crostini, DD accused me of probably not having given her any cheese when she was a baby!

                                                                                                                  She eats lamb, sushi, spicy Indian food, deli sandwich with onions/pickles, etc. : )

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                                                                                                                  1. re: ceekskat

                                                                                                                    It's an interesting thing to like cheese in some ways and not others (such as you mentioned). I love fresh fennel bulb but do not like fennel seed in things. I want to but just don't!

                                                                                                                    1. re: chefathome

                                                                                                                      hehe, she *loves* toasted fennel seeds (somph) along with the candy coated ones found in the Indian restaurants!

                                                                                                                  2. I hate all cheese - cooked, cottage and raw. I wish I didn't. It makes life really hard.

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                                                                                                                    1. re: nycgal31

                                                                                                                      i am with you nycgal31..at 55 yrs old i've tried it..didn't like it and in all these years an't eat it and planning to now.. nope

                                                                                                                    2. Nothing wrong with that, leaves more in the world for us-- thanks.

                                                                                                                      Cheers!

                                                                                                                      1. Are you my SIL? Of course she won't eat cheese in any form: raw, cooked, even mascarpone or creme fraise. She said a friend of hers as a child didn't like cheese and she decided to dislike it in support of her friend and it has been that way for her ever since. Weird not just because she knows she just made it up but that otherwise she has a pretty sophisticated and worldly palate.

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                                                                                                                        1. re: chicgail

                                                                                                                          I don't think so but I wish I knew her. It's so frustrating being a cheese hater.

                                                                                                                        2. I know someone who doesn't like cheese in any form. I can't fathom that, as I've lived on cheese as my main protein for the last couple of years that I've been ill and haven't been able to eat much. I can't do liquid or sweet dairy, but can (and do) eat cheese all day long.

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                                                                                                                          1. re: tracylee

                                                                                                                            The father-in-law is one who won't eat cheese in any form.

                                                                                                                            That said, there is a long list of things that he won't eat in any form - tomatoes, anything spicy, anything "foreign", most vegetables to name just a few,. He once described green beans as "exotic" - I joke not. I freaking hate it when he comes to dinner - nowadays, regardless of what everyone else is having, he just gets a steak and single potato (which he leaves most of).

                                                                                                                            1. re: Harters

                                                                                                                              Some people have taste buds that taste bitter compounds way more than the rest of us. Those people tend to dislike veggies more. I think my bitter buds must be broken, because the only veggie I don't like is English peas. I love cheeses that many think are too bitter.

                                                                                                                          2. I must be the cosmological equivalent of anti-matter to those who don't like cheese. Give me your tired, your weary wheels, your rotten, fetid, off-color cheeses, and I will feast on them.

                                                                                                                            1. I absolutely hate cheese! I think it is the grossest (if thats a word) thing i have ever put in my mouth, but i can eat pizza. It cant be plain because that always tastes cheesy, must be pepperoni. I'm not even sure how people can put it in their mouths. It taste like something you shouldnt eat. Everytime you tell someone you dont like cheese they think your being rude or just think your weird. Everytime you go to order something like a salad or a burger, most of the time cheese is usually included. How can people assume that everyone likes cheese. Thats like putting tomatoes on everything. I'll never understand the big deal about not liking cheese, and I'll never understand the hype over liking it. YUCK

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                                                                                                                              1. re: kmasowut

                                                                                                                                If cheese is so awful how can you tolerate on a pizza? I mean you can ask for no cheese or remove it. I have a relative who does all the time. Not because she doesn't like cheese but because it wreaks havoc with her dentures.

                                                                                                                                1. re: lifeasbinge

                                                                                                                                  or not. I guess perhaps I just don't understand the question. Not everyone likes cheese. Not everyone has to like cheese.

                                                                                                                                2. Some people think that those who dis-like cheese are allergic to rennet - and I kind of believe that - but....

                                                                                                                                  I used to hate cheese -

                                                                                                                                  As a kid, I could eat one slice of pizza w cheese and then had to pick the rest off.... and won't go into my wierder cheese eating habit -

                                                                                                                                  ok....I will.....I folded up american cheese into little squares and sucked on them, hated it if I chewed...

                                                                                                                                  I work in the food business, worked at one of the most famous cheese counters in the country (at the time) and owned a store that sold over 50 types of cheese - through it all, I tasted everything and liked very little -

                                                                                                                                  I've since grown to like some cheeses, and even crave a few (sometimes) - some still smell and taste like puke (nice image right?) - aged provolone is still the most disgusting thing -

                                                                                                                                  I love milk, ice cream and whipped cream, can tolerate sour cream, cottage cheese and sometimes yogurt....

                                                                                                                                  Go figure - Used to hate eggplant too - it made my tongue tingly - now I eat eggplant parmesan with pleasure.

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                                                                                                                                  1. re: harryharry

                                                                                                                                    So with you on the provolone. I love every other cheese I've ever tasted, but man, provolone is absolutely foul.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: harryharry

                                                                                                                                      "- some still smell and taste like puke (nice image right?) -"

                                                                                                                                      seem appropriate to me!
                                                                                                                                      . . . . since the taste/smell causes my tongue to curl up and want to expel any and all content of my stomach.

                                                                                                                                    2. When I was a kid, I hated cheese. In retrospect, my folks weren't very adventurous, and neither were my surroundings, so I probably just hate "American cheese." Always spoiling a burger! YUCK. Luckily my mom never made macaroni and cheese or grilled cheese sandwiches, but the very idea gave me nightmares.

                                                                                                                                      I married a cheese lover.

                                                                                                                                      So, okay, I like cheese generally now. I still can't stand bleu cheese or any of its relatives. I think I just hate MOLD, and that's what it tasted like to me - I'm eating mold! ack.

                                                                                                                                      Strangely, I used to think I didn't care much for goat cheese, the first few times I tried it. Now I think it's humankind's greatest invention.

                                                                                                                                      1. My sister in law just doesn't like cheese or eggs,lived with a lot of flack about it.About 15 years ago at age 40 ended up in the ER with a ?belly? ache,as did her younger brother about 5 years later.The final diagnosis was not so mild allergies for both of them.My husband is the oldest of six,the three born in the middle are all sensitive to dairy and egg.Two take a pill,SIL doesn't bother,doesn't like cheese and eggs anyway.
                                                                                                                                        Your so-called dislike maybe your body doing you favour.Both of DH younger brothers never really drank milk or ate much cheese.

                                                                                                                                        1. OP is clearly not alone. Insanity still a possibility, tho. (joking!) (mostly!)

                                                                                                                                          1. Yes. in my eyes. I could live on cheese.

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                                                                                                                                            1. re: fara

                                                                                                                                              I guess you are saying he is the only one who doesn't like cheese, then? (Since the only question in his OP is: "am I the only one out there who feels this way?") If so there are lots of people who would contradict you.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: huiray

                                                                                                                                                try developing a sense of humor.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: fara

                                                                                                                                                  My sense of humor is just fine, thank you - but obviously very different from yours.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: huiray

                                                                                                                                                    don't have a sense of humor when it comes to cheese on my food.. i get so mad.. ask for a hamburger and get a cheese burger.. there is a differance ,most cooks in the food service today don't know that.

                                                                                                                                            2. No, you are not alone.

                                                                                                                                              I eat cheese but do not particularly care for it and certainly do not think of it when I am hungry nor look for it, except when I want to make something that specifically calls for a certain type of cheese. It's very rare. As I write, I just remembered that there is a hunk of what I believe was supposed to be excellent parmigiano reggiano in my fridge somewhere on the top shelf, still unwrapped since I bought it - I don't even recall when. Then there were the two pieces of local, artisanal Edam and something else, I forget what, that sat in the fridge for, what, 6+ months before I chucked them out, again completely unopened.

                                                                                                                                              Sure, if I get a cheeseburger when eating out I'll be eating cheese, typically American cheese (those squares of yellow stuff, suitably melted over the burger) in most cases. Or Mac n cheese (with velveeta, even, let alone American cheddar or some such), etc etc. I don't make these items at home. I can't remember the last time I had a pizza.

                                                                                                                                              The last time I got cheese and used it was for making a batch of pesto genovese, for which I got fresh grated pecorino romano. And before that...probably some fresh pappardelle with walnut-gorgonzola sauce I made myself, maybe a year or so ago.

                                                                                                                                              Oh, I do like fresh mozzarella from one particular person who makes it fresh, and I use it for Insalata Caprese with nice juicy tomatoes, but that's about the only time I eat mozzarella, for that matter, and only from time to time during tomato season.

                                                                                                                                              1. Wouldn't know where to begin to look for statistics on this, but I wonder what percentage of the public doesn't like cheese, like in a poll...

                                                                                                                                                Hate it

                                                                                                                                                Dislike strongly

                                                                                                                                                Take it or leave it

                                                                                                                                                like it usually

                                                                                                                                                love it

                                                                                                                                                never tried it
                                                                                                                                                etc.

                                                                                                                                                I like it fine myself.

                                                                                                                                                1. I personally love cheese.

                                                                                                                                                  However, I can introduce you to lots and lots of people who don't. I live in a part of Asia, where dairy products aren't a big part of traditional cuisine, and even now, the cheese section at the grocery store is 95% processed cheese slices, with maybe some imported cheddar and mozzarella if you're feeling exotic.

                                                                                                                                                  So there are a lot of people who didn't grow up eating cheese, and don't like the flavour at all. Then there are people who are okay with cheese slices, but find any sort of flavourful cheese absolutely disgusting. These are the same people who can happily eat things like stinky tofu, durian, or natto, mind you.

                                                                                                                                                  1. No you are not alone. I hate the taste of cheese. The taste makes me gag. Sour cream, cream cheese, and ranch dressing does too. I can't stand the smell of it either. I can tolerate a little mild mozzarella provided it is accompanied with a tomato sauce such as on pizza. But I definitely prefer my pizza without cheese. And no, I am NOT lactose intolerant. I enjoy most other dairy products such as ice cream, milk (about a gallon a week), yogurt. But cheese is absolutely revolting. My parents, brothers, and sister love cheese, but I have no idea why. They are kind of weird like that.

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                                                                                                                                                    1. re: bobwilson

                                                                                                                                                      I have one grown son who feels exactly as you do, bobwilson, about cheese and all those creamy white foods.
                                                                                                                                                      My other son, however, is exactly like me in that cheese is his desert island food.(my husband's desert island food is eggs, so happily if were were trapped on the same desert island, we can make omelets!)

                                                                                                                                                    2. I doubt that you are alone. I, OTOH, really love good cheeses, and usually pass on any desserts, if I can do a glorious cheese course.

                                                                                                                                                      At the end of the day, or the end of the meal, it is about what YOU enjoy. If cheese is not part of that, I would respect your choice, and would buy you any dessert that you wanted. However, I would ask that you avert your gaze, while I chowed down on a half-dozen cheeses. It is about what you like and what I like.

                                                                                                                                                      You are not wrong, and I am not wrong. We just have different tastes, and so be it.

                                                                                                                                                      BTW - do you like French Chardonnays, such as Montrachets? I do, but many great friends do not.

                                                                                                                                                      Hunt

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                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Bill Hunt

                                                                                                                                                        There's also a goat cheese called Montrachet. So you can eat some Montrachet while you drink your Montrachet!

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: cheesemaestro

                                                                                                                                                          As I am so much more of a fan of white wines (there are some reds from Montrachet too, but not so very many) with most of my cheeses, that will be one to keep an eye out for.

                                                                                                                                                          Thanks,

                                                                                                                                                          Hunt

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Bill Hunt

                                                                                                                                                            IIRC, the Montrachet cheese is a French supermarket pasteurized version of St Maure, a raw goat's milk one from the Loire and awesome, with a reed through it's center. Would be wonderful with a Montrachet, but even better with a Bonnezeaux or Quarts de Chaume.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Delucacheesemonger

                                                                                                                                                              Interesting.

                                                                                                                                                              You are talking a bit over my head here, but as the wines from the Montrachet are wines from the Côte D'Beaun in Burgundy, I am surprised at the mention of the Loire Valley. Still, I am talking about wines here, and have so very much to learn about cheeses - but I am a good "student."

                                                                                                                                                              Most of the cheeses, that I love with my (usually leftover) Montrachet white Burgs, has been cow's milk cheese. When I go to either sheep's milk, or goat's milk cheeses, I often go to Meursault, for a tad more acid, to pair.

                                                                                                                                                              Only a guess, on my cheese-ignorant part, I would think a Vouvray (Chenin Blanc grape) with a cheese from the Loire, but could be horribly wrong.

                                                                                                                                                              Please keep the comments coming, as I am heading to London, and then to Paris, and both locations are big on their cheese selections, at least from my experiences. Again, I love a well-stocked cheese trolley, with a knowing person at the helm, and I often just give them my leftover wines, and ask for them to pick, and then give me a bit of a "chalk talk," on why they chose each, but which of my wines, did they think about, in their choice. Usually (depends on the native language), I learn something new, and usually try each cheese, with each wine, just to learn. When I find the right pairing, I begin to eat and drink!

                                                                                                                                                              Thank you for that information.

                                                                                                                                                              Hunt

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Bill Hunt

                                                                                                                                                                A Vouvray might work with goat cheeses from the Loire Valley, but I think that Sauvignon Blanc is the ideal grape for these cheeses. So for me, a Sancerre would make the perfect pairing.

                                                                                                                                                                Since you are fond of sheep's milk cheeses, try to have some Berkswell or Spenwood when you are in London. Both are fantastic. Some American cheese shops bring in Berkswell, but Spenwood only very occasionally makes its way to the US.

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: cheesemaestro

                                                                                                                                                                  Thank you for those recs. We're doing London twice in the next few mos., and most restaurants on the schedule DO have a good cheese program.

                                                                                                                                                                  As for the Sancerre, I would wonder about the acids matching, but then no "counter-point." Still, we will give this a go. The reason for going in the Loire direction is both acid, but then some "fruit," to counter-balance.

                                                                                                                                                                  I have an idea - we need to sit down with a great cheese trolley, and a wonderful B-T-G list, and just spend the afternoon tasting!

                                                                                                                                                                  Sancerre is at my wife's # 1, or # 2 (some harder-to-find Napa SB's fit in there too) SB choice. She hates most NZ, and many SA SB's, and with a passion. I enjoy them, but do find that NZ SB's are better "sippers," than for food pairings, but that is just me.

                                                                                                                                                                  Just did some US sheep's milk cheeses (Walland, TN), and a dry PX was the winner to pair with all four of those.

                                                                                                                                                                  As a last note, and at the risk of going too far OT, while I love bigger FR Chards with creamy cheeses, I also lean to many Chabils, for slightly less cream-oriented.

                                                                                                                                                                  Appreciated,

                                                                                                                                                                  Hunt

                                                                                                                                                      2. I could've written the original post myself. It's exactly how I feel. I've always hated cheese. Every time I try a different type I get the same underlying flavour that is just awful. It's like tea. There are so many different types of tea, but in the end they all taste like lawn clippings.

                                                                                                                                                        And I'm not a big fan of cilantro either.

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                                                                                                                                                        1. re: KPKicker

                                                                                                                                                          I feel great pain for you, but understand that we are all individuals, with our individual tastes, and palate. Still, I would hate to think of my dining world being without cheeses.

                                                                                                                                                          Sorry,

                                                                                                                                                          Hunt

                                                                                                                                                        2. I made this account just so I could respond to this thread. I'm 25 years old, love food, and hate cheese.

                                                                                                                                                          I am willing to try every other type of food (the spicier the better) so my inability to eat cheese without gagging has always amazed people. I'm told I was able to eat it without an adverse effect until I was two. I come from a family of cheese lovers and married a cheese lover and over the years they've just had to learn to cope. And, sometimes, very sweetly remind me to make sure that the meal I ordered doesn't come with cheese. I live in Texas so it's a big issue with local cuisine. In fact, I have actually had people add cheese to a dish that didn't have it, like a hamburger or a taco, as a "favor" for me.

                                                                                                                                                          I can eat pizza with mozzarella cheese, but only if the flavor is masked with lots of sauce and salty ingredients, typically meat (i.e., veggie pizza with cheese is a no-go). I have slowly trained my stomach to handle small amounts of parmesan (usually no more than 1/4 cup for 6+ servings) mixed into dishes because it was so hard to avoid. I can do chilled cream cheese with a ton of sugar in cheesecake or frosting, but I didn't know that until I was an adult. I can do sour cream, but not creme fraiche. I love yogurt sauces like raita and tzatziki.

                                                                                                                                                          You're not alone :) and I'm happy to find out I'm not either.

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                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Mayfollower

                                                                                                                                                            Interesting.

                                                                                                                                                            When I was a child, I would shop with my mother at the local A&P food store - before the term "supermarket" had been coined. I loved to just hang out, until we reached the cheese section - the last aisle in that store - and then rather go wild. I would sneak cheeses into the cart. My mom would comment, as she put it back into the cooler, "you're too young to enjoy that type of cheese." I'd then go behind her back, and sneak it back into the cart, along with a loaf of Roman Meal bread (the only non-white bread, that we had back then), and would sit in the kitchen, tasting my cheeses, on Roman Meal toast. She really came unhinged, when I added Gorgonzola, and also several Bleu cheeses, as "those were not for children." Also, and OT, she equated any dark bread with the "poor," and felt that only "the genteel," in the Deep South, at white bread - tasted like styrofoam to me, and I hated it - no texture and no taste - I wanted wheat and brown, but then I was a culinary outcast in my own family.

                                                                                                                                                            To this day, I can smell certain cheeses, and be instantly transported to that A&P food store, and can conjure visions of the giant wheel of cheddar, plus the great aromas. Only a very few other dishes, and some wines, can "transport" me, as some cheeses can. Oh, and a few coffees too!

                                                                                                                                                            Hunt

                                                                                                                                                          2. Hate it on anything in any shape of form.I agree with TheHuntress, i always feel like a picky toddler.Well i am quite picky.My friends believes i am strange and when i was younger one of my friends spread this round and almost all of them were shocked.I don't like most dairy products.I don't like milk on my cereal or drinking it plain.I also don't like most yogurts.Only frozen yogurts.

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                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Rocking

                                                                                                                                                              There is absolutely nothing wrong with being "picky." You do NOT need a 12-step program for that. It is about what YOU like, and what you do not like. Nothing beyond that.

                                                                                                                                                              While I might be your "opposite number" (hey, the Universe needs balance), it is all about what YOU like, and then what I like. No one is right, and no one is wrong. We just like different things.

                                                                                                                                                              I refuse to use the cliché, "more for me," as there IS enough for me. I see the trolley heading my way, and there ARE enough choices.

                                                                                                                                                              Hunt

                                                                                                                                                            2. I've got a friend who will eat the grated mozz on a pizza, or cheddar in mac 'n' cheese (although she won't eat a lot of the latter), but things like goat cheese on a salad? She squicks out. Just means more for me. And that we'll never share a cheese and fruit plate at a restaurant. Unless she eats just the fruit and I get the cheese.

                                                                                                                                                              1. This is fairly common in dairy foods and cheese so you are not alone.

                                                                                                                                                                I would recommend trying some aged cheeses (1 yr+) to see if you like those. These aged cheeses do not have lactose like fresh cheeses do (as cheese ages lactose turns into calcium lactose) so if you try and like those and they agree with you, look into lactose intolerance and dairy foods that have minimal/no lactose.

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                                                                                                                                                                1. re: CheeseGuru

                                                                                                                                                                  ". . . as cheese ages lactose turns into calcium lactose. . ."

                                                                                                                                                                  That is utter hogwash.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: cheesemaestro

                                                                                                                                                                    I'd like to apologize for the tone of my reply. While what you wrote about lactose is wrong, a more helpful response would have been in order. So here it is: At the start of the cheesemaking process, bacteria "digest" the lactose in milk and turn it into lactic acid. Usually this is accomplished by adding what is called a "starter culture" to the milk. The starter culture contains a specific type of bacteria that ferments the lactose. As the lactic acid builds up, the milk becomes increasingly acidic, which is a necessary initial step. You're correct about aged cheeses, which have negligible residual lactose.

                                                                                                                                                                2. Not a fan of cow's milk cheese, but give me goat or sheep's milk cheese any day! I also dislike cheese cake and pizza (yes, I really don't like cow's milk cheese), and cream cheese in general. Now if it's a goat's milk cheese on the pizza or if in a cheese cake, I might like that much better. I think mac n cheese is disgusting looking and tasting too, and I never order cheese on French onion soup.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. YES why is it that people are astongished to find out there are people in this world that dont like cheese?!

                                                                                                                                                                    LOL I'm with you -I don't like cheese but I'll eat pizza, but I must admit I pick off the parts of cheese that look thick LOL oh! and cheese filled empanadas :O .*gasp* but only if they are made with mozzarella and a small amount. :P
                                                                                                                                                                    I've tried harvati ugh thats just not for me and supposedly thats MILD :S

                                                                                                                                                                    I usually pick the cilantro off hahaha- its too strong!!

                                                                                                                                                                    1. My son has always hated all things dairy -- won't touch any of it, even ice cream.

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                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: pikawicca

                                                                                                                                                                        When my son was a child, he would not try cheese of any type. Absolutely none-no mac and cheese, grilled cheese, cheddar. None. It was a given- don't even offer it to him, because he wasn't going to eat it. When he was a teenager with a huge appetite, I came home from work one day to discover that he had eaten all the Brie. Now, not exactly a beginner's cheese, what with all that white stuff all over it and such. Who knows why he ate it, but been eating cheese since.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Leslie

                                                                                                                                                                          Since my son is 29, I think there's no hope for him.

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Leslie

                                                                                                                                                                            My son is 12 and doesn't eat much dairy - he makes exceptions for ice cream and a little yogurt now and then. He hasn't had a glass of milk since he gave up his bottle as a toddler. (Although I make him a lot of protein shakes, so he gets more milk than he thinks. He's very thin, has a super high metabolism and plays a lot of sports so I have to keep shoving calories into him.) He's always loved pizza and he loves fresh mozzarella but wouldn't even consider eating any other cheese until recently - and that's only if it's baked into something like enchiladas etc. I often wonder if he'll be more of a cheese eater as he gets older but it doesn't bother me either way. He eats almost everything else and I make sure he gets proper nutrition even without much dairy in his diet.

                                                                                                                                                                        2. Join us on Cheese of the Month and explore.
                                                                                                                                                                          There r many cheeses similar to mozzarella to try.

                                                                                                                                                                          1. So......very much.........alone.....

                                                                                                                                                                            1. Sounds reasonable except when I think of blue cheese and feta. I cannot understand disliking those =)

                                                                                                                                                                              If it makes you feel any better, I don't like pizza for the most part. If the subject comes up people stare at me as if I told them I don't eat food... I just get my nutrients through the air.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. I quite the cheese addict but have a good friend who hates all cheese. Well, not all cheese but most cheese. She will eat pizza with mozzarella cheese which for years always confused us all because it didn't make sense when she said "I hate cheese" and then inhaled pizza which was quite cheesy. Well, her original explanation was that she was lactose intolerant which made even less sense since mozzarella is one of the cheeses with some lactose vs many other hard cheeses which she refused to eat. Now that she admits that she just doesn't like cheese it's fine. It does make it frustrating at restaurants and she will inquire for 10 or so minutes about cheese in a dish and at work we often have to order the catered food without cheese just for 1 person. It's usually brought on the side but for a dish which is usually cheese-based on the side doesn't work well. I guess you like what you like and even though most like cheese, it makes sense there'd be a few of us who don't. However, in my cheese explorations as a cheese fanatic I have discovered the incredible variety among cheeses and so maybe there is a cheese that you like but no reason to force yourself to like it.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. It's funny how are palates are. I like macaroni and cheese and some cheeses on their own BUT I do not like cheese on a burger. I cannot tell you why, just prefer burger cheese-less.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Ottojr

                                                                                                                                                                                    I also don't eat cheese on a burger BUT it is cultural
                                                                                                                                                                                    I grew up in a traditional Jewish home where meat and milk were not mixed.

                                                                                                                                                                                  2. It's funny how are palate's are. I like macaroni and cheese and some cheeses on their own BUT I do not like cheese on a burger. I cannot tell you why, just prefer burger cheese-less. When I look at those American food commercials on TV I always comment "Can they do anything without have cheese in it?"

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. I enjoy cheese but I'm particular about how I use it and what I buy. Cheese for cheese sake never worked for me but cheese enjoyed always did.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: HillJ

                                                                                                                                                                                        I am with you.

                                                                                                                                                                                        I have certain cheeses, that I want on/with certain dishes.

                                                                                                                                                                                        For me, Swiss is for Roast Beef Po-boys, but not Burgers.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Cheddar (or cheddar) is for Burgers.

                                                                                                                                                                                        On a Cheese Course, my selection will be based on the wines in the glasses on my table, or based on the B-T-G wine selections.

                                                                                                                                                                                        When I want something to snack on, cheese is often in the mix.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Hunt

                                                                                                                                                                                      2. I love cheese, but even so I rarely just have cheese alone or with crackers or fruit, it's always part of a larger meal.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. You're not Alone !!

                                                                                                                                                                                          Your tolerance to cheese on Pizza's (for i.e.) is just like mine.

                                                                                                                                                                                          P.S. However, I " Do " like Cilantro.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. I just imagine its a blessing in disguise as cheese is quite fattening and ubiquitous

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. I envy you. I love cheese but wish I didn't.

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. I actually just searched the phrase "I don't like cheese" on Google to find some other people who shared my opinion after my coworkers reacted...strongly.

                                                                                                                                                                                                Thanks for posting, I feel for you!

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Yes. You are on an island.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Hello Yaxpac,

                                                                                                                                                                                                    No, you're not alone. Funny that fact that I can only eat mozzarella on top of a pizza, just like you...

                                                                                                                                                                                                    What's more annoying for me, is that I'm French: People just don't understand that I don't like cheese... :/

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: bobbylapointe

                                                                                                                                                                                                      This is fascinating. I know three people who hate cheese but can eat pizza regularly.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. I hate cheese in general but not all cheese. I love mozzarella, cream cheese, and can eat cheddar on burgers. Parmesan is bearable in baked pasta dishes with mozzarella. I am fairly open minded with different cheeses but end up disappointed most of the time. Provolone is by far the worst I've tried so far. Tastes like vomit. Glad I seem to forget the ingredient I'll hate when I make it in two dishes (I forgot to add provolone to one). I've also done the same thing with smoked paprika (hate it). Provolone is just unbearable. Blue cheese is disgusting and goat cheese tastes like bad, chalky cream cheese with dirty armpit.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      I haven't tried a wide range of cheese but I not very hopeful so far.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: WhaChaChaKing

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Funny to see that this thread is still going. Someone mentioned taste buds differing amongst people. That may have something to do with it. I am a "super taster" or whatever that is called where I taste things in more extremes than most people.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I was recently dining on a Dutch island in the Caribbean and we did a multi-course tasting menu. Lo and behold the cheese course arrived. It threw me way off. I powered through it by chasing the cheese down with wine but it was not easy at all. I literally had a gag reflex with one of the stronger cheeses.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Offal, no problem...throw some Stilton in front of me and i want to vomit.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Happy that i am not alone in this!

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I did enjoy a chicken parm hero last night though haha! I like my cheese burnt if i have to suffer through it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Yaxpac

                                                                                                                                                                                                          If you are eating Chicken Parm Hero's and Offal Cuts I doubt that you are a "Super Taster". Most "Super Tasters" can only eat the blandest of foods. Things like Wine, Broccoli, Coffee, Olives, Strawberries, Tomatoes even Sugar are unpalatable to Super Tasters

                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. I have the problem of hating cheese. I wish I didn't because its an inconvenience and people make fun of me. The smell, the taste, everything about it bothers me. Their really are no exceptions. Oh well, there are plenty of good foods to enjoy and life is still awesome.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Erinfeb12

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Life may still be awesome, but without cheese it's less awesome.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Dad always said he was "allergic" to cheese. He never had a pizza, a cheeseburger or a soufflé. I think that his up bringing is the root of his phobia. It always bothered me he said he was "allergic" when we went out. Never had a pizza, any cheese covered dish zor anything I can remember. Ther is no doubt his parents, early food exposure is responsible.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          My siblings and I have no problem eating almost any type of cheese. Must not be genetic. BBF

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. You are not alone. I was the hypocrite that loved pizza as a kid and that was the only thing with cheese I would eat. Now, I've grown to even develop a disdain for pizza (unless its cheese-less) - and if i can't order it cheese-less - I'll only eat it if there is nothing else available (and disguised by meat and good tomato sauce).

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Concurrently, I am lactose intolerant - although I do mildly enjoy a limited amount of dairy - Butter, Whipped Cream, and Ice Cream (the latter which without fail always gives me stomach issues).

                                                                                                                                                                                                            People look at me like I have 8 heads when I turn down cheese (I normally use the lactose-intolerant excuse).I know my friends and family are likely lactose intolerant as well. I usually use the lactose intolerant excuse so I don't have to listen to people's annoying commentary about not liking cheese:

                                                                                                                                                                                                            "Oh i just take the stomach ache I can't live without cheese".

                                                                                                                                                                                                            "Oh if I didn't have cheese I don't know what I would do".

                                                                                                                                                                                                            "So you don't like pizza?"

                                                                                                                                                                                                            "A burger without cheese would be weird to me."

                                                                                                                                                                                                            STFU.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I have to deal with the ubiquitous proliferation of cheese in everyday life. People putting cheese on my chipotle burrito before I even tell them I don't want it - Having to send orders back because I specifically say "no cheese", but people's brains are wired by default to put cheese on EVERYTHING - People thinking they are doing you a favor by putting cheese on something that you never suggested you wanted cheese on - People equating "cheeseless pizza" with "vegan pizza" (Cheeseless pizza wasn't even an option until vegans started popping up).

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I am unaware of any other common food that is forced upon people as much as cheese is. I love onions - I don't see people being given a hard time for not liking onion, or things that don't even need onion being included with onion by default (and if it is - more often than not they'll remember "no onion" better than "no cheese"). Just as strange - I feel as if I'm always expected to "pick the cheese off" (even though it it f**** melts on the d@mn sandwich) of sandwiches while no one levies that expectation on people who don't like onion to continue my analogy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I think the most annoying thing is the ubiquitous "defaultness" of cheese that just isn't present with any other common food. Shocking - considering 80% of the world can't digest it properly and it has very little nutritional value.