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Sep 10, 2012 12:53 PM

cabot ou cheese to be discontinued

My source at cabot says it is being discontinued. Not enough volume to justify added expense. What a shame

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  1. Terrible news.

    Odd how American Jews have never developed a taste for good cheese.

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    1. re: AdinaA

      On the contrary, there are many who have a taste for good cheese, but many of these are not so observant that they cannot hold by Cabot's normal hashgacha. Or there are people like me, who developed a taste for cheese as nonobservant Jews, are quite observant now, but do not have supermarket or local gourmet cheese shop access to the OU variant, and do not wish to incur the expense of shipping plus the cheese's retail price.

      1. re: ganeden

        I agree with Craig. I fall into the former category.

        1. re: DeisCane

          So, I was arranging to meet a friend for a meal in Brooklyn. I offered the choice between Pardes and Basil. The response was: Why would we go out for milchigs?

          I can get really excited about cheese, but it seems to me that it's pretty hard to persuade most of the people i know that cheese can be exciting.

          And the truth is that I was trying to talk that friend into meeting at Basil because I've never been there because I can't talk anyone into going all the way to Brooklyn "just" to eat a milchigs.

          Maybe I just hang with the wrong people.

          1. re: AdinaA

            I think you will have to meet one of your Brooklyn friends at Basil, then you won't have to persuade anyone to go all the way out there for milchiges................

            Way back when I was a young single adult, I had a kosher all fleishiges (and pareves) apartment. I was brought up in a home where my mother served two meat meals a day. I drink my coffee black, am not much of a breakfast eater and could live without ice cream

            This seemed really strange to some of my single friends who kept kosher all dairy apartments. One evening we were out at a pizza joint in Boro Park (Circa 1977) and discussed this. Seemed the majority of friends in a milchiges only kosher apartments, either had never learned to:

            1. Kasher meat (something the consumer did back then)

            2. cook any meat more exotic than a hot dog or hamburger

            3. found that they couldn't afford kosher meat on a regular basis

            4. ate all their shabbos and yuntif meals by other families and got their meat there.

            When I married my first wife, she was a milchiges eater and didn't care much for meat. So, we divided responsibilities. She cooked the milchiges and I cooked the fleishiges. We were lucky in that I had bought to mirror image townhouse condos and broken through the walls, so we had two kitchens, mine and hers.

            I've been in my second marriage for a long time. I still cook most of the fleishiges, but that's because 90% is done outside on the grill or smoker. But I do cook some of the millchiges as well, and bake pizza in the outside wood burning oven. But I can't compete with my wife when it comes to making milchige soups or cheese based baked dishes.

            Yesterday, we drove 2 1/2 hours each way to J for the annual meeting of our family association (Cemetery, etc.) I snacked in the car as from experience, I know they always served lox, cream cheese, bagels, herring in cream sauce, none of which interest me. I was very pleasantly surprised that when we got to my 4th cousin's house (big family, great-great grandfather had 8 children who lived in America and now 8 generations of offspring) I found a huge spread of deli platters and salads.

            Cousin Judy (56 years old) announced that now that we kids got to run the organization, we could finally have the food we want, not what was served since 1919.

            Not a single person complained that it was meat not dairy.

        2. re: ganeden

          Such a shame that it's being discontinued. I bought several bricks from Costco and used it all in Mac and cheese. Anyone know if it's still available?

          Ganeden... Don't feel bad about not having access to OU cheeses. I'm in NYC and it seems like the selection has been reduced to millers and the like. Maybe I'm just not shopping in the right places...

          1. re: cheesecake17

            Miller's is OU! Not chalav yisrael though. My favorite!

            1. re: cheesecake17

              I believe Ganeden was saying that he didn't have access to the OU-supervised run of Cabot, not OU cheese in general.

              1. re: queenscook

                Yup, we get some kosher French cheeses, including some (barely) acceptable soft-ripened cheeses, Gruyere (French, and without the holes for the most part, which differentiate Gruyere in both looks and taste from other similar cheeses), and a few others. We used to get far better French cheese here in LA, but alas, no more. And no OU Cabot that I knew of.

        3. That would be terrible news indeed....but I must ask what your source is as I just spoke with my favorite cheese distributor, Brent Dehlman...aka "The Cheese Guy" who was the first to get his hands on Cabot's very first OU KLP batch and he had not heard this news from his Cabot sources, fingers crossed, this could just be a rumor.

          Adina, I'd join you at Basil...nothing would score more brownie points with my militantly vegetarian wife then my suggesting a trip all the way to Brooklyn just for milchigs!!!

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          1. re: gotcholent

            I ordered 2 cases (YES, CASES) of 12, 8oz bars of the OU Cabot cheese last march before Pesach. The cheese is good until some time in 2013. It says not to freeze, so I have slowly (with some help from my cheese addicted grandchildren) been using it up.
            I believe I saw some 1 or 2 lb blocks of the OU Sharp CABOT cheese in COSTCO, but as I had a frig full I didn't buy any. Its too bad they have decided to forgo the OU in the future.

            1. re: gotcholent

              If you look at cabot's website, it is no longer for sale, and you cannot search for it

              1. re: koshergourmetmart

                Yup, Brent just gave me the official word, the Cabot OU experiment is over....go and stock up everybody!

                1. re: gotcholent

                  Do you know if they will still do an OU run before Passover as they have done previously for several years? And if so, will it only be mail order, or will they stock it in some stores, too (Costco, for instance)?

                  1. re: asf78

                    No, that's all they ever did. Cabot will no longer do any OU run. What you see on the shelves now is what you get. When that is gone you'll be out of luck.

                    1. re: avitrek

                      Thanks for clarifying. Since it had never been sold in Costco before this year, I was just curious.

              2. Bummer! I'm going over to Costco to buy a few bricks of cheese!

                1. This is terribly tragic. Farewell, decent cheese at decent price. :(

                  1. I'm pretty sure I've seen Cabot with some other "less reliable" hechshers like Tablets K. Will those be discontinued as well?

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                    1. re: helou

                      I think all of Cabot's lines have Tablet-K. I'd be surprised if they discontinued that. One of the major differences between Tablet-K and more widely accepted hechsherim is their opinion on how to make kosher cheese; Tablet-K doesn't require a mashgiach to add the rennet to the vat of milk. This means that you don't need to pay someone to drive up to Vermont, resulting in cheaper cheese. I believe there were no other differences between the OU run and the usual Cabot Tablet-K cheeses.

                      1. re: GilaB

                        Cabots shredded cheese, slices, and individually wrapped minis are not certified by tablet k.