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Sep 6, 2011 03:31 PM

Kosher cheese at Whole Foods

Today at Whole Foods I found kosher cheddar cheese slices, the 365 Whole Foods Brand. It bears the StarK Dairy symbol.

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  1. WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    That's their store brand!!!!!

    How'd it taste???
    (This is such good news I feel like we ought to check the mislabeled kosher lists just to make sure!!)

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      1. re: masteraleph

        Amazing...real cheese that happens to be kosher instead of kosher cheese pretending to be cheddar.

        Wonder if we could talk Whole Foods into making parmesan???

        1. re: SoCal Mother

          I'd rather they just carry the existing real kosher Parmigiano Regiano that exists. I'm not sure if Whole Foods even makes an uncertified 365 brand parmesan.

    1. Star-K has been giving their hechsher to some whole foods brand products for a while, which is a wonderful thing.

      If you really want great cheese at whole foods, look for 5 spoke brand which is chof-k certified. It is made from raw milk, humane, grass fed, and delicious! See for info. Not all Whole Foods carries this cheese, but most of the ones I buy from do. Highly recommended!

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      1. re: kosherfoodfan

        it actually has the star k's non chalv yisrael symbol-a d with a star in it

        1. re: koshergourmetmart

          Not sure where you got this info from. 5 Spoke is exclusively certified by the Chof-K, not the Star-K.

          1. re: kosherfoodfan

            i was referring to the whole food cheese not 5 spoke

        2. re: kosherfoodfan

          I have had the 5 spoke - it's sold at a wine store in our neighborhood! It is excellent.

          1. re: kosherfoodfan

            I love that cheese! Seriously some of the best cheese I've ever had. I've found a few of the 5 spoke varieties at Whole Food. All good but I tend to like the ones that are slightly more aged (such as the redmond cheddar) best.

            1. re: kosherfoodfan

              Incidentally, if you check the cheese counter rather than the packaged cheese section, you can sometimes find the 5 spoke tumbleweed out with all the other unkosher cheeses. I don't want to get into an argument on if you can buy the cheese from there, but it speaks to the quality of 5 spoke that Whole Foods sells it with the regular high end cheeses.

            2. I went on a tour of the Tillimook factory in Oregon some years ago. They had a picture of their kosher cheddar but none for sale :(

              That is seriously good cheddar.

              Well I will have to go over to Whole Paycheck and check out the cheese. I usually just get my toasted sesame seeds and leave.

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              1. re: SoCal Mother


                Most Trader Joes I have been to carry the Tillmook kosher cheddar. Its mixed in with all the other cheese and is usually plentiful and easy to find. I think Trader Joes is in SoCal??

                1. re: seikoloco

                  Ours does not. Our local Ralph's will sometimes stock it in the kosher section. I understand that it's available mail order. When I get cheddar these days I buy the huge bags of Kosher and Natural at Costco because my kids (and their friends) use it up so quickly.

                  1. re: SoCal Mother

                    If you are open to considering mail order, Cabbot cheddar is a great option that is also pretty affordable.

                    1. re: SoCal Mother

                      A friend just told me about this

                      She ordered the Cheddar and Kidwelly Castle and said they were both really good. I plan on trying it out.

                    2. re: seikoloco

                      i'm also on the west coast -- out here TJ's dsnt carry it, but Fred Meyer does (at least in Washington & Oregon). It will be next to the non kosher Tillamook.

                      1. re: teajoygreye

                        In Santa Barbara, the Whole Foods carries it. I'd imagine that it might in other places, too.

                    3. re: SoCal Mother

                      Just bought some Tillamook Kosher Cheddar at Trader Joe's in Westfield NJ and it was great. They don't have a separate section for kosher items... you have to look at every different kind of cheese to find the kosher ones. Even Empire Kosher Chicken is mixed in with other chicken by type (breast, thigh, boneless thigh, ground etc)

                    4. I tried the Whole Foods cheddar and it was really good. Much less salty than the traditional kosher brands..

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                      1. re: EmpireState

                        How sharp is the WF cheddar? My husband likes his very sharp. I dunno, I dont eat it.

                      2. I will have to try it thanks..
                        Other good kosher cheeses are Tillamook, which you can usually get at Trader Joes.
                        Sugar River is also really good but a bit more expensive.
                        Also Cabots does an OU run on occasion. I see the cheese at Fairway sometimes.