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sqwertz Dec 4, 2011 08:19 PM

Any place to buy it reasonably? Considering it's a "specialty" item, I'm sure retailers will milk me for all I've got,which ain't gonna happen. I've never seen it, but I';m usually only browsing the moldy cheese sections. So what's a good alternative? I tried using Yancy's Champagne Cheese tonight (from Costco), and it was good but it didn't' rock my boat.

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  1. Delucacheesemonger Dec 18, 2011 10:08 PM

    Most raclette that comes to US is from France's Jura mountains, pasteurized and neither very expensive or flavorful. There are two types from Switzerland, basic stuff with more flavor and more cost, can be raw or pasteurized or even themolysed, and the real stuff raclette bagnes, mold that makes the cheese imprints Bagnes on side. It is awesome, very expensive, and difficult to find in either France or Switzerland away from the area that makes it. Thus you have another quest. In Chateau Gruyere in Switzerland there were two stores that sell nothing but Raclette machines, sigh.

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      sqwertz Dec 19, 2011 12:09 AM

      Thanks for the info. Now I can go to Whole Foods and act all stuffy and stomp off in a huff when they tell me they don't carry the Bagnes ;-)

      But I will at least look for a Swiss-born raclette cheese.

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        Delucacheesemonger Dec 19, 2011 01:19 AM

        Whole foods does not use Emmi as a 'favored' supplier, thus the Bagnes is off the table for them. If they have Vacherin Freibourg from the Swiss Jura, works equally as well.

    2. chispa_c Dec 14, 2011 11:47 AM

      The Antonelli's gift guide (http://www.antonellischeese.com/guide...) lists 'Raclette 3 Ways'.

      Raclette 3 Ways $115
      Raclette is a Franco/Swiss dish consisting of boiled potatoes, cured meat, and cornichon pickles, piled high with melted Raclette cheese on top. This meal has warmed many a soul on cold nights in the Alps (including ours!). This crate comes with Raclette cheese, a Raclette Tapas Broiler for two, hard salami, and a bottle of Cornichon pickles. approx. weight: 1 lb. cheese, 8 oz. salami / Optional Add-on: French white wine

      1. malarkey Dec 7, 2011 08:22 PM

        An HEB with a decent cheese counter might even have raclette. It's worth a shot.

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          sqwertz Dec 5, 2011 03:09 PM

          Does anybody actually serve a raclette? That would be good for inside vendor at a Christmas bazaar type place.

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            popvulture Dec 5, 2011 03:43 PM

            Do you mean like as they do it in France where they have the little raclette warmers and melt it onto stuff? I've never seen that here... you could always ask Justine's or Chez Nous; maybe one of them has a machine they break out during the holidays or something. Would love to know if you find anything out about this.

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              sqwertz Dec 5, 2011 08:22 PM

              There's a larger-scale version of raceltte tyhan those little kiddie-trays. I have a good picture but it's not mine to post. It appears in Usenet's alt.binaries.food if anybody happens to have access to that (free through eternal-september.org but you need to set up your newsreader for it). Otherwise, this will have to do as an example:

              http://www.weebirdy.com/2009/03/londo...

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                dinaofdoom Dec 5, 2011 10:28 PM

                i've never seen raclette (the dish) served in austin.
                if you ever spy it on a winter menu, it is something you should go for.
                i was under the impression it was more swiss than french, however.

                since we have no trader joe's, whole foods would probably have the best price point.
                i think they have slightly cheaper prices than antonelli's.
                i haven't been to a CM recently enough to compare.

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                  Bettinatizzy Dec 11, 2011 06:38 PM

                  I'm drooling, sqwertz. Wish someone would do that in Austin.

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                sasebastian Dec 8, 2011 12:59 PM

                I buy raclette at Central Market. It's usually about the same price as Gruyere. I wish there was a place that served it. I've never been able to recreate the way it's served in Swizerland.

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                  popvulture Dec 8, 2011 02:14 PM

                  Ha, this is one kitchen gadget that you'd have to be pretty extreme to buy, but have a gander nonetheless (and it comes with cheese!):

                  http://www.wasserstrom.com/restaurant...

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                    sqwertz Dec 18, 2011 09:16 PM

                    I'll scout out CM again and report back.. I usually only take a superficial gander at anything other than the ripe, stinky cheese sections.

                2. Georgia Sommers Dec 5, 2011 09:19 AM

                  Do you have Trader Joe's? Our carries raclette during the colder months. Very reasonably priced.

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                    ret3 Dec 5, 2011 01:08 PM

                    Joe the Trader has not yet graced these climes with his presence.

                  2. popvulture Dec 4, 2011 09:01 PM

                    I've gotten it at Antonelli's.

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                      popvulture Dec 4, 2011 09:04 PM

                      That was a bit of a brief response. It wasn't particularly expensive. I can't remembrer what exact price it was, but it was just your average "nice cheese" sort of range. Not cheap, not overpriced.

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                        brentwood Dec 8, 2011 02:27 PM

                        Antonelli's also carries the Swissmar grills, I think. And if they have it in stock, try the Ogleshield. It's a British washed-rind cow's milk (Jersey) cheese, melts wonderfully like raclette. We loved it. http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/a...

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