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What to do with leftover cheese?

Hey everyone,

I'm generally pretty good at putting leftover food to good use, but I'm always throwing away blocks of cheese that've been sitting in the fridge too long. Any suggestions for using up blocks of cheese? I'd prefer low-carb ideas if possible. (Trying to stay away from large quantities of noodles/bread/potatoes)

Right now I have a block of cheddar and monterey jack in the fridge...I'm thinking of maybe doing a frittata or something? Broccoli cheddar frittata sounds good.

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  1. Crustless quiche is nice, as is a vegetable gratin( we especially like celeriac and spinach combo.

    1. Cheddar makes good frico crisps - it will exude a lot of grease, but eventually crisp up well. You can break these into chips or shape them (while hot) into bowls or taco shells. I love Monterey Jack melted - I use it in omelets, crustless quiche, cheese dip/fondue, etc. You can also shred it into meatloaf, low-carb casseroles or stuffings for things like stuffed mushrooms, peppers or what have you - it helps bind without carbs.

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      1. re: biondanonima

        Frico is one of my low carb snack staples! I love them dipped in sour cream and franks red hot.

      2. Cheese freezes well. You can grate it & then freeze it also.

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        1. re: JoeBabbitt

          Is it better to freeze shredded or as a block? Was wondering if frozen shredded cheese affected the melting quality (say while melting cheeses in a roux). I normally use the cheeses for baked or stovetop pastas.

          1. re: Lorry13

            Shred then freeze. I haven't noticed any change in melting qualities.

            1. re: Lorry13

              small pieces of cheese dry out faster than larger pieces of cheese so I suggest freezing the entire piece of cheese and shred when ready to use.

            2. re: JoeBabbitt

              Agreed. I buy a big chunk at Costco, freeze half, and Mr Autumn knows where to search in the freezer when the fridge stash runs out for his daily lunch sandwich. Wrap well and LABLE. Cause cheese is good, just not always interchangeable (I don't like cheddar in my mac and cheese when I thought I had gouda)

            3. Broccoli and cauliflower like to be steamed and then covered with a cheesy sauce.

                1. I'm cooking for one so I'll often only make it through 2/3 of a block of cheese before I get bored of it and want to buy a different kind. Whenever I end up with a few chunks, I throw them all in a food processor and it chops it up into crumbles. The crumbles work the same way as shredded cheese (and I actually prefer the crumbles). I'll add some parmesan to keep the crumbles all loose and separated. (This works similarly to how pre-shredded cheese contains cellulose as an anti-caking agent. I prefer cheese over wood fiber.) Put the cheese crumbles in a zip-loc, freeze flat, and use as needed (no thawing necessary). Yesterday I just made a mix of Monterey Jack, Red Fox leicester, and Asiago. It's in the freezer right next to a pack of TJ's hand-made tortillas. Quesadillas available on demand!

                  1. You can't get a more "utility cheese" than cheddar or jack (unless you're talking an aged cheddar that doesn't melt well). We don't buy a lot of this kind of cheese, but when we do, they end up mainly in omelettes, quesadillas, nachos, bean-and-cheese burritos, and grilled cheese sandwiches. Good ol' comfort foods. A frittata?--sure, why not.

                    1. Any vegetable gratin. Maybe carb it up a little with a bit of bread crumbs on top to finish under a broiler.

                        1. Make mac' and cheese, or a cheese ball.

                          1. Why are you buying blocks of cheese if you don't eat it ?

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                            1. re: C. Hamster

                              I'm not buying them...I throw a lot of parties and there always seems to be cheese left over that people bring as apps.

                            2. Broccoli cheddar or cauliflower cheese soup. Which can be frozen.