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Jul 27, 2013 11:16 AM

why is ther no proper cheese in the u.s

why is it not possible to buy proper cheese in the u.s,i.e a stilton,gorgonzola,everything is processed,

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    1. try shopping somewhere else -- even Publix and Walmart are carrying Stilton and Gorgonzola --

      small stores are even carrying a few raw-milk cheese (e.g., Sweetgrass Dairy in Thomasville, GA as the closest one -- and dozens of small producers)

      1. I'm in the UK and the perception here is that cheese in the US is not good. However even from this side of the Atlantic I realise that there must be producers making good and interesting cheeses. In a place as big and diverse as the US how could there not be.

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        1. re: Paprikaboy

          yes -- and US producers aren't dumb enough to try to sell their products in the UK or France...possibly two of the most well-known cheese producers on the planet. They might sell some as a novelty, but by the time the freight, taxes, and duties are paid, they're going to be woefully uncompetitive pricewise.

            1. re: Paprikaboy

              Maybe you're thinking of so-called "American cheese," a repulsive processed semi-plastic sold to melt over burgers and ruin children's taste buds. But that is nothing like American cheese, which is as varied as French, English, Italian, or Spanish cheese.

              1. re: Isolda

                When I mentioned US cheese yes I was thinking of "American cheese" because as sunshine842 astutely points out we don't get any interesting US cheeses in UK.
                I realise the cheese in the US must be very varied and assumed (obviously wrongly) that by the rebuttal of the OP' s argument that there was a tacit understanding that I believed there was good cheese to be had in the US. Also I used the phrase perception (didn't put it in quotation marks, because I'm English and everything we say has assumed quotation marks;-)) to attempt to indicate that this is a received wisdom which I don't subscribe to.Obviously all this doesn't translate very well on an internet forum.. Sorry if you misunderstood me.

                1. re: Paprikaboy

                  Thanks for explaining. I think most (many?) American's laugh at "American Cheese" too. It's the funny, rubbery yellow-orange stuff sold in slices and blocks in supermarkets. It might be used in children's lunch-boxes, for grilled "cheese" sandwiches or in the "queso" dips found at many late-night parties (hey after a few beers???).

                  If you actually make it over for a visit you will find many local and imported cheeses, both at grocery stores and at speciality shops.

                  I live in a small-town Middle of the USA....check out Capriole Goat Cheese and Trader's Point Creamery for examples of local products you can find in my neck of the woods:


                  And there are producers ALLLL over the US. We are kinda a big country.

                  Good luck and happy eating!

                  1. re: pedalfaster

                    pedalfaster--you must be in (or near) Indiana (as am I). Check out Jacobs and Brichford cheeses (Connersville, IN). They are excellent. I served them at a recent dinner party to much delight from the guests.

                    Quite like Traders Point Fleur de la Terre. And I love me some Traders Point cream-top whole milk, too!

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              1. There are excellent cheese producers in Wisconsin, New York, Georgia, etc...from one end of the country to the other. Sheep, cow and goat cheese, fresh cheese, aged name it.
                Check your local farmer's markets, or your county extension office. Check online for artisan cheeses in your area. Whole Foods often carries local cheeses. In our area, Sweetgrass Dairy, Udderly Cool Dairy and Capra Gia Dairy are well known. Where are you located? Perhaps some of your local Chowhounders can give you some tips.

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