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Kosher marscapone cheese?

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cappucino May 31, 2011 08:16 PM

I'm not a cheese person, but Shavuos time, I try to pull a few cheese dishes out of my hat. I could not find kosher marscapone in any of the stores. Is it possible? Also, what do I do with sheep's cheese and how does it differ from Spanish Manchego (other than the hefty 17 dollar price on the Manchego)?

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    ferret RE: cappucino May 31, 2011 08:41 PM

    "Sheep's cheese" is an entire category of cheese, not a specific item or variety. Manchego is a type of sheep's cheese, fairly firm and mild (and very delicious).

    BelGioso sells a certified mascarpone (check your spelling).

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      cappucino RE: ferret May 31, 2011 08:46 PM

      Thanks. Do you think the Manchego is worth the 17 bucks? Would I serve it on a platter? What would I do with it? I have two serious cheese connosseurs coming for the holiday. And they no doubt would have spelled it correctly.

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        ferret RE: cappucino May 31, 2011 08:51 PM

        Manchego is traditionally served with membrillo, a dense paste made from quince (it's like a dense quince jam). You can also use a fig jam in a pinch - not sure if you can find certified membrillo quickly. You can also add an assortment of spanish olives to the platter.

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          cappucino RE: ferret Jun 1, 2011 03:49 AM

          I did see fig jam and an entire line of gourmet jams at Stop and Shop of all places. It was an impressive selection, but I wasn't sure where to go with it. This is a good idea.

    2. queenscook RE: cappucino Jun 1, 2011 01:49 AM

      I won't swear to it, and I'm in eretz yisrael at the moment so I can't check easily, but I'm pretty sure I saw mascarpone at Aron's in Queens, and possibly even at the TJ's in Queens as well.

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        cappucino RE: queenscook Jun 1, 2011 03:51 AM

        I hail from Queens, but only visit when I need to see my dentist. Any NJ area stores, anyone? I'm glad it's possible to get kosher mascarpone. Now to find it.

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          phenanthrene RE: cappucino Jun 1, 2011 04:08 AM

          Are you near a Whole Foods?
          I got this brand there http://www.vermontcreamery.com/mascar...
          They're chof-K certified. They may also have it at Trader Joe's.
          While you're at it, try their creme fraiche - delicious :)

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        PotatoPuff RE: cappucino Jun 1, 2011 03:58 AM

        so Bel Gioso is tablet-k certified, which many people won't eat. If you are interested still, I believe Trader Joe's on the Upper West side carries it, as does Wegmans in New Jersey.

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          queenscook RE: PotatoPuff Jun 1, 2011 04:34 AM

          The last time I bought Bel Gioioso, it was CRC (the Chicago one, not the Brooklyn one); it's a shame they had to change the certification, as fewer kosher consumers will be able to have it now.

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            cwsilverberg RE: queenscook Jun 1, 2011 05:15 AM

            the mascarpone is crc certified while the rest of the cheeses are tablet k

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              koshergourmetmart RE: cwsilverberg Jun 1, 2011 04:35 PM

              i have found belgioso mascarpone in shop rite in the gourmet cheese area in produce (both in livingston and west orange). it is a green/white container. it is crc

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                cappucino RE: koshergourmetmart Jun 1, 2011 08:20 PM

                Thank you to all. I will start with Trader Joe's as I have been looking for creme fraiche too. Then, I will begin to follow up on the other suggestions. One cheesecake done. Many more to go along with the tiramisu.

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                  masteraleph RE: cappucino Jun 2, 2011 05:27 AM

                  The Vermont Creamery brand that phenanthrene mentioned also has a creme fraiche too.

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                    azna29 RE: cappucino Jun 2, 2011 07:36 AM

                    The Fairway in paramus NJ has the Bel giosi one. Across from the gourmet kosher cheeses near the olive bar.

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                      cappucino RE: azna29 Jun 2, 2011 08:25 AM

                      Azna, that is what I needed. I didn't know if it was worth the trip over. Great.

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                    CloggieGirl RE: koshergourmetmart Jun 2, 2011 09:08 PM

                    Last I checked, Gristede's and larger Associated stores carry it too.

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              daphnar RE: cappucino Jun 2, 2011 12:38 PM

              I'm pretty sure Glatt Express in Teaneck, NJ has marscapone.

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                mrogovin RE: cappucino Jun 3, 2011 10:31 AM

                In addition to Vermont and Bel Gioso, there is Polenghi Mascarpone imported from Italy that I have seen in many markets that has the OK. Like the other two, it is not marketed as a kosher cheese, but as a mainstream cheese that happens to be kosher.

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                  ferret RE: mrogovin Jun 3, 2011 11:15 AM

                  Mascarpone is a "cheese" in the loosest sense. It's essentially a yogurt made from heavy cream.

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                    cappucino RE: ferret Jun 3, 2011 12:51 PM

                    Ferret, I think I was using it for a tiramisu and some other dessert. Does it really add a lot to the recipe, do you think?

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                      ferret RE: cappucino Jun 3, 2011 01:39 PM

                      It's the mainstay of the tiramisu. You could just do it with whipped heavy cream but it loses body over time. Stick with the mascarpone (or go with some other idea).

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                    Himishgal RE: mrogovin Jun 4, 2011 09:22 PM

                    I found the Italian Polenghi brand in the Amish Market in NYC. Glad its OK certified.

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                    cappucino RE: cappucino May 25, 2012 03:51 AM

                    Found the Bel Gioso brand this year in A & P only to find it a few days later at Wesley Kosher in Monsey for a dollar less. Used it in a delicious strawberries and cream cheesecake recipe. It had a CRC certification. I hope someone finds a way to make a Chalav Yisrael version. I will not be able to serve this cheesecake to my mom which is disappointing.

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                      koshergourmetmart RE: cappucino May 25, 2012 10:45 AM

                      pomegranate I think has a cy one

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                        cappucino RE: koshergourmetmart May 25, 2012 01:40 PM

                        I don't plan on getting near Bklyn any time soon. Do you mind getting me the name brand some time when you have a chance?

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                          kosherfoodie1226 RE: cappucino May 29, 2012 07:48 PM

                          Sorry ,this is a little late, but I saw in Pathmark on New Bridge in Bergenfield.

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                            cappucino RE: kosherfoodie1226 May 30, 2012 02:46 AM

                            It seems that most people have not used it. I highly recommend it for cheesecakes. Still looking for a Chalav Yisrael brand.

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                            koshergourmetmart RE: cappucino May 30, 2012 06:47 PM

                            They make it themselves

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