Ingredient of the Month: Parmesan Cheese
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Ingredient of the Month is a unique way to feature different local as well as worldwide ingredients and to invite A Lot on Your Plate reader’s from all over, to share their recipes based on the ingredient chosen each month.
The recipes shared by you guys will be added to the post that not only links you to recipes of my own featuring the ingredient of the month, but offers background history of the ingredient as well as fun facts, information, origin, how to store and select, and different uses for the ingredient.
To enter your recipe so it can be added to the post, leave a comment with a link to your recipe attached below like you would for the A Lot on Your Plate Bake-offs and I will be sure to feature your recipe in the post (with a picture provided from your post). *Please note: I can only feature recipes that use the actual ingredient of the month in the recipe.
You will always have a chance to add your recipe to the any of the Ingredient of the Month post’s. These post’s will never close and will continue to grow as long as recipes are entered!
Anyway, I just thought this was a fun way to spread the word of all the fabulous recipes out there on WordPress as well as all over the internet. Enjoy!
Facts About Parmesan Cheese:
• Parmesan Cheese is a dry and sharp Italian cheese that is staple in many Italian cuisines.
• It can be served in different ways like grated over pastas, fish, or chicken,or sliced and served in salads and baked dishes.
• The name Parmesan is a legal trademark in Italy and its use is exclusively controlled.
• Ingredients found in Parmesan cheese are whole milk or naturally skimmed milk, salt, and rennet.
• Some of the biggest producers of Parmesan cheese are Italy, Argentina and The Unites States.
• Cows producing the milk for Parmesan can only be fed on grass or hay.
• Parmesan can be aged up to 20 months, but is ripe after the 10th – 12th month.
• Parmesan Cheese is high in protein and rich in calcium and vitamins.
How to select & store: When purchasing cheese such as Parmesan, its always a good idea to ask a staff member who might have knowledge as to which cheese is best to try. (Do not be shy to ask to sample the cheese if you are in a cheese shoppe.) Look for cheese free from mold and do not purchase if it has a weird or funny smell to it as this is a sign of lack of freshness (do not mistake this smell for a sharp smell). To store, wrap in a paper towel to keep moisture out, then place in an air tight Ziploc bag. You can keep Parmesan cheese for up to a few months that way.
Parmesan Cheese Recipes:
… and now some recipes from A Lot On Your Plate readers!
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Thank you all so much for entering your recipes!
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Happy Thursday everyone!