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Aug 14, 2012 12:07 PM

That stuff in the green can?

Fess up, how many of you have the "green can" of Parmesan wannabe in the fridge?

I always have a couple of lbs of grated Parm in the freezer. But spaghetti and pizza MUST be sprinkled liberally with the green can!

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  1. I don't buy the green can, but I do purchase a grated parmesan from Costco that is a couple of steps up from the green can. I don't use it when I want the real deal, but it has its uses. It makes excellent and reasonably priced frico chips, for instance, and is good added to melty things that need a bit of perking up. It's fine on pizza, too. Costs about the same as the green can but much better quality, IMO.

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    1. re: biondanonima

      Ditto, only I buy mine at Trader Joe's. Beats the heck out of Dust (which is what I've called the green can stuff, since I was a kid).

      1. re: MsMaryMc

        Lol, I buy the green can at Trader Joe 's.

        1. re: MsMaryMc

          We called it cheese dandruff, and I still eat it about twice a year because it's a key part of Mom's tuna casserole.

          1. re: beachmouse

            Cheese dandruff is a good name. I believe the difference between that and grating your own is that they add cornstarch or something like that to most pregrated (whether green can or plastic container), to keep it from sticking together. No thank you!

        1. I grew up with the stuff, but the only time I use it now is when making the Chef B Pizza Kit. It comes with Chef B's version of Green Can Parm.

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          1. re: Perilagu Khan

            I think Chef B's is romano (pecorino in current terms) - loved that box mix growing up.

            1. re: sandylc

              You're probably right. Either way, it works eerily well with that sauce and crust.

          2. Yup - nearly always have the "green can" on hand - usually "low-fat green can", which hubby likes - for takeout pizza sprinkling.

            Also have bags of pre-shredded Parmesan & Asiago on hand at all times - great for sprinkling on salads, soups, weekday pasta, etc.

            And for special applications - always a nice hunk of the real stuff.

            1. Yes, usually always have it on hand. As well as a chunk of asiago, parmesan, or romano. I believe it has to do with some nostalgia, bringing back a certain taste from childhood... yes, CB pizza kits!! I don't use the kits anymore, but just thinking about it brings back the smell, and it's a good one!

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              1. re: wyogal

                I tried one a few months ago when hubby was out of town. It was so disappointing compared to my memories!!! Sometimes you can't go back.

                1. re: sandylc

                  hahaha! Yes, and for that reason I haven't attempted to go back! Memories are sometimes best!
                  So now, I settle for the stuff in the green can sprinkled on Totinos! (although I can and do make kick a$$ homemade pizza!)