Shredded Cheese

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Being a turophile is something that needs to be inbred and not something that one can develop on his/her own, and I for one am a born turophile. Even if that weren't the case for you, it's no fun if you haven't grown up with cheese all your life, and explored its many tastes and smells as you aged. Before we begin about how shredded cheese is used in cooking and in preparing sauces, we first look into what a turophile is. It simply means, lover of cheese, or one that has a love for cheese. It takes root from the Greek word tyros, meaning cheese and philos meaning, beloved/dear. There are different kinds of shredded cheese, or what is known as grated cheese, that comes either in blocks that you can grate by hand, or in ready made form packed as grated strands. Either way, these grated cheese types come from hard cheese, since they hold together well. We look into how cheese can benefit cheese lovers and those who like the occasional cheese dish when it comes to its health benefits and nutrition. I'll also put together a shredded cheese dip you'll not want to miss out on making in the comfort of your own kitchen space.

Shredded Cheese Nutrition

There are different types of cheese that come under shredded/grated cheese. We cover five kinds of the same that fall under the grated cheese types list. You can also look into feta cheese nutrition, for something a little different than the usual cheese kinds eaten.

Nutrition Facts Chart Nutrient Content Cheddar
(100g = 412 Calories)
(100g = 415 Calories)
(100g = 357 Calories)
(100g = 387 Calories)
(100g = 353 Calories)
Sodium 647mg 1696mg 965mg 700mg 1395mg Protein 24g 38g 25g 23g 21g Calcium 588mg 1253mg 731mg 643mg 528mg Fat 35g 27g 28g 31g 29g Saturated Fat 21g 17g 18g 19g 19g Vitamin A 1177 IU 639 IU 825 IU 985 IU 763 IU Sugars 0g 0g 1g 0g 0g Cholesterol 87mg 72mg 89mg 103mg 75mg Carbohydrates 6g 3g 1g 5g 2g

Shredded Cheese – Health Benefits

So what makes cheese healthy and how can one include this yummy milk product in their diet? Before you start on a regime that includes cheese, find out how it can benefit you in ways that you didn't even know about, on these cheese health benefits.

  • For those of you who are on the skinny side and want to pack on some pounds in a healthy and safe manner, then cheese calories are your answer. It is full of nutrients that aid the body, and is a great source of fat and muscle building agents.
  • Since women need a lot of calcium in their diet during pregnancy, cheese serves as a great way of supplying this. It can help reduce the impact of contractions, and ensure a more smooth sailing delivery. It can also help in producing milk that is good and rich in nutrients, once the baby arrives.
  • It improves one's metabolism.
  • Helps reduce the occurrence of headaches and even migraines.
  • Makes one's bones stronger, and heavier.
  • It helps one curb away from problems like osteoporosis.
  • Not that you can escape from dental hygiene methods of flossing and brushing your teeth, but cheese is a great way of strengthening teeth, and reducing the chances of having plaque. It also builds saliva within one's mouth, supplying enough of it to keep clean.
  • Some studies show that cheese could help prevent cancer, specifically colon cancer, due to its high Conjugated Linoleic Acid content.
  • Can help reduce the signs of PMS during menstruation.
  • Although it can prove to be bad for those suffering from hypertension, one needs to go easy on cheese if high blood pressure levels are elevated.
  • Can help strengthen one's immune system.
  • Helps strengthen the liver.

How to Make Cheese Dip

This dip that I've put together, can be coupled with anything like say, bread sticks, buffalo wings, fried chicken, steak, pasta, seafood, tortillas and more. Use your own take on how this dip can be used not just as an accompaniment but as a sauce as well for say, pasta based dishes. Look into this cream cheese crab dip, for more sinful cheese dip ideas.

What You'll Need:

  • 200g of Parmesan cheese (shredded)
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tablespoon of corn kernels
  • 1 teaspoon of chives
  • 1 teaspoon of chili flakes (add more for pungency)
  • 1 small piece of ginger
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of whole seedless green/black olives
  • 1 dollop of sour cream
  • 100g of halloumi cheese

Method of Preparation:

Take a deep dish and fill it halfway with water and keep it on the boil, set at a low flame. Place a glass bowl that is slightly bigger than the opening of the dish and let it sit above it, so that it gets indirect heat from the boiling water below. Dump in your cheese, and keeping the flame on low; let it gradually melt into a nice and thick consistency. Then take the bowl out, and pour in your creamy mixture into another bowl, and fold in your sour cream, crushed garlic, corn, chives, ginger and olive oil. Blitz this mixture in a blender for five seconds and then scoop out your mix back into the bowl. Lastly, add in your chili flakes, whole olives, and then garnish with more chives. Once that is done, gently dry fry your halloumi cheese till it turns slightly brown and then serve these as a side dish with the dip, with chili flakes sprinkled atop. There you have it, sweet and sour cheese dip. Find out here on how to make goat cheese dip, for a another way of making a nice creamy cheese dip that would go great with appetizers.

Shredded cheese is something that can be added last when making a dish, to give that cheesy finished top layer. Don't be afraid to experiment with this kind of cheese. Expose your palate to different types of it, to give your senses that jolt in taste and texture. In time you'll come to love this very important ingredient in fine cooking, and eventually, fall in love with it. Have a 'cheesy' day.

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    chemo- 2011/01/11 09:23:49 am

    thank's for the information ^_^

This article was published on 2011/01/11