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Why do people so often claim that Cheese has to be eaten with something else?

ShowUsYourRack Jan 31, 2014 05:32 PM

I often see, hear or read here or elsewhere that people damn near have to eat Cheese along with not just a beverage, but also "crackers" or some type of "snacking" meat, ya know? I for one don't always believe that that's necessary. As examples someone might say/believe "you've gotta eat Jarlsberg with crackers" or "there is no way (better) to eat Cheddar than to pair it with meat cubes", right?

Sure, it is nice having a deluxe Burger paired with a nice Cheese or to mix up some sort of Cheese(s) in another tasty recipe, but Cheese doesn't always have to go with something as far as I'm concerned. Is (good or quality) Cheese actually bad if it's not paired with a "snacking" meat or crackers anyways? I, quite frankly, don't think so! I like Cheese alone more often that not, as I can then experience its "true" flavor in all its glory, ya see? That's as important & vital as I could imagine it would ever be on realizing whether or not a Cheese is preferable or even good at all when you really take everything into account.

In the end, you all can say or do whatever you want, but I definitely feel it necessary to comment on whether or not it's actually mandatory to eat cheese ONLY with something else. I can see that perhaps at first, yet not practically all the time, ya know? I take a look back at when I was first trying not just a few different Cheeses, but Cheese in general & it was quite a task to take in & enjoy because of how pungent & intense its flavor & smell can be, yet I eventually found my way(s) around it. I'd simply put a few different types of Cheese in a small bowl & to hopefully prevent throwing it up I'd instantly take a few bites of some Pepperoni or a Blueberry Bagel, ya know? Now, then I considered it a good idea & somewhat important having some Pepperoni or the Blueberry Bagel alongside to hopefully keep me from throwing up, yet I definitely DON'T need that anymore. Why, if at all, do some of you believe that it's so important or even recommend always pairing Cheese along with a beverage & something else? Please let it all out.

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    texanfrench RE: ShowUsYourRack Jan 31, 2014 06:14 PM

    I know someone who chows down on cheese with a knife and fork, can easily consume a pound or two in a sitting, and does this fairly often. I know other people who love cheese but can't deal with too much at once. It is at least partly genetic.

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      ShowUsYourRack RE: texanfrench Jan 31, 2014 06:18 PM

      Interesting thought about genetics. On the other hand, as far as genetics go, there are also many families that love one thing, yet there could be 1 or 2 members that absolutely can't stand it, so...

    2. greygarious RE: ShowUsYourRack Jan 31, 2014 06:15 PM

      Because, ya see, room temp or chilled cheese doesn't offer much in the way of texture. It's fancy fat, ya know? Many, if not most, folks prefer combining it with something to balance the mouthfeel, be it a food or alcohol. YMMV, YK.

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        cookie monster RE: greygarious Jan 31, 2014 07:01 PM

        I like that explanation. Kind of like asking why most people insist on eating butter with another food. I like cheese, and will nibble on a small amount of an interesting cheese by itself to really get the flavor, but it's not something that I chow down on large amounts of to satisfy my hunger. Just the thought of that makes me a little queasy. I guess I view cheese as almost more like a condiment. Or maybe it's like wine - I enjoy wine all by itself very much, but pairing it with food is a whole different experience. But as you say, YMMV.

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          ShowUsYourRack RE: cookie monster Jan 31, 2014 07:08 PM

          I kind of like that comparison between Butter & Cheese, yet I can't recall the last time I saw somebody eating a stick of Butter anywhere all on it's own...lol.

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            cookie monster RE: ShowUsYourRack Jan 31, 2014 07:13 PM

            I'm sure it's happened - don't they sell deep-fried butter at state fairs?

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              ShowUsYourRack RE: cookie monster Jan 31, 2014 07:15 PM

              Well, there are people that will eat damn near everything. That doesn't mean that it will always be good though. Especially in a competition...lol!

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              vil RE: ShowUsYourRack Mar 19, 2014 09:08 AM

              Except for very young kids who haven't experienced the discomfort of ingesting too much fat in one sitting.

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          hazelhurst RE: ShowUsYourRack Jan 31, 2014 06:34 PM

          The notion bamboozles me . I grew up, in the 1960s, with cheese courses after the meal. There was bread if one cared to emply it but no one ever did. We just nibbled off the fork or, if you were Uncle Smegma, off the knife blade. When I wwent to France for my first trip at age 11, I did not notice anyone caring about wolfing down the fermented curd (sorry. Mont Python shows up always)

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            ShowUsYourRack RE: hazelhurst Jan 31, 2014 07:10 PM

            That's getting up nice & close for ya, huh...lol?

          2. MamasCooking RE: ShowUsYourRack Jan 31, 2014 11:58 PM

            To me pairing cheese with meats, breads and crackers can detract from the pleasure of eating the delicious cheese but I love the stuff, the stronger and bolder the better.

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              ShowUsYourRack RE: MamasCooking Feb 1, 2014 12:10 PM

              I just tried that Beecher's Smoked Flagship last night & it's a "rocker."

            2. fldhkybnva RE: ShowUsYourRack Feb 1, 2014 12:36 PM

              Who are these people? I eat cheese straight up all the time. :)

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                HillJ RE: fldhkybnva Feb 1, 2014 01:22 PM

                Yes, who are these people?

                to the OP, either or actually. It's not an all or nothing hard fast rule how you eat cheese. But heck eaten sliced alone or not cheese makes some good meals great too.

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                  ShowUsYourRack RE: fldhkybnva Feb 1, 2014 07:12 PM

                  I feel your "pain"...lol!

                2. MamasCooking RE: ShowUsYourRack Feb 1, 2014 02:03 PM

                  I must clarify though that I prefer to eat gorgonzola and bleu cheeses with fruits and nutmeats to balance the saltiness of the cheese. Again *chasing* a few nibbles of good robust cheese served at the proper temperature with any wine is a *good thing* :) IMO.

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                    BuildingMyBento RE: ShowUsYourRack Mar 23, 2014 10:11 AM

                    Most cheeses that I like I can eat on their own. But you see, I've got a thing for gluten too...

                    1. Veggo RE: ShowUsYourRack Mar 23, 2014 10:17 AM

                      Mimolette needs nothing else.

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                        vil RE: Veggo Mar 24, 2014 10:15 AM

                        After a certain point, it gets a bit too salty, no? ;-)

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                          Veggo RE: vil Mar 24, 2014 12:15 PM

                          It is so dense and has such a deep flavor than a single portion is fairly small. I didn't notice excessive saltiness, if any. I'm not sure where the import ban stands, but I hope I can find it again. I bought mine in October.

                      2. sunshine842 RE: ShowUsYourRack Mar 23, 2014 10:23 AM

                        eh, look at it this way --

                        While they're all busy finding something to eat with their cheese -- the cheese sits unguarded. More for you.

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