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I’ve been putting off writing about cheese because I’ve been afraid of what I might find.  Its been 65 days since I started on my Plant-based diet and I’ve found that I’m not so much missing eating meat but I am eating more cheese.  I know that eventually I’ll need to remove dairy from my diet to accomplish my goal of cleaning my arteries but cheese provides so much to a dish that you can’t get any other way, that I’m afraid the cravings might start.

For those who just have to know about the most expensive stuff in the world. I must admit it is interesting to see what people will pay the big bucks for.  The featured picture is a picture of deer milk cheese.  It is only $500/lb, but the most expensive cheese in the world is Pule cheese, made from donkey milk.  It sells for $616/lb. -pictured below.



Cheese is around 4000 years old on this planet.  It is made from the milk of all animals but you’ll find it mostly made from cow milk.  There are easily over 700 different popular cheeses in the world.  Cheese can be found hard, semi-hard, semi-soft and soft.  Most cheese is classified as vegetarian, but not vegan.

Serving and Storage Tips 


  • Unpasteurized cheese with a range of flavours should not be sliced until purchase otherwise it will start to lose its subtlety and aroma.
  • Keep the cheese in conditions in which it matures. Hard, semi-hard and semi-soft cheeses are stored in the temperatures from around 8 – 13 C.
  • Keep the cheese wrapped in the waxed paper and place it in a loose-fitting food-bag not to lose humidity and maintain the circulation of air.
  • Wrap blue cheeses all over as mould spores spread readily not only to other cheeses but also to everything near.
  • Chilled cheeses should be taken out of the refrigerator one and a half or two hours before serving.
  • Cheeses contain living organisms that must not be cut off from air, yet it is important not to let a cheese dry out.
  • Do not store cheese with other strong-smelling foods. As a cheese breathes it will absorb other aromas and may spoil.
  • Wrap soft cheeses loosely. Use waxed or greaseproof paper rather than cling film.
  • Let cold cheese warm up for about half an hour before eating to allow the flavour and aroma to develop.

Nutritional Facts

This is the part I’ve been afraid of.  Lets take cheddar cheese as an example.

Cheddar cheese is very low on the Glycemic index.  It has a load factor of 1 on a scale of 0 to 250, which means that it releases its energy into the blood stream on a slow, long term basis.  Cheddar is also very low on the inflammation scale with a -120.

That was the good.  The bad is that one ounce of cheddar cheese provides 113 calories, 92 of which are from fat and of the 9 grams of total fat, 6 grams are saturated fat.  Worse than that is 10% of your daily intake of cholesterol will be in that one once of cheese (29 mg).

Cheddar does have 7 grams of protein per ounce and 20% of your daily calcium needs for a 2000 calorie diet.

Parmesan cheese – To show you the difference between hard cheese and even a semi-hard cheese like cheddar, lets look at parmesan which is one of the hardest cheeses.

The good is that Parmesan rates a “0” on the Glycemic load chart and a -7 on the Inflammation chart.  It also contains a lot of phosphorus and calcium, as well as 10 grams of protein.  But…

The bad isn’t quite as bad as with cheddar.  Only 110 calories per ounce of which 64 are fat.  It contains 7 grams of fat of which 5 grams are saturated.  It only has 19 mg of cholesterol but a whopping 449 mg of sodium.

Lets look at one more standard cheese.  Cottage cheese, which is considered a soft cheese.  Cottage cheese ranks a 1 on the Glycemic load chart and a -6 on the Inflammation chart.
Cottage cheese only has 27 calories per ounce, 11 of which are from fat.  The good news is that less than 2% is saturated fat and only 1 gram of total fat.  It does have 5 mg of cholesterol and 102 mg of sodium.


Be your own judge, but by what I’ve found here, it looks like cheese will not be in my future.  If I find a miraculous cheese that you just can’t live with out, I’ll let you know.  Until then, I’m a little depressed, – jughandle

Refrigerator items to stock 6-10

Refrigerator items to stock 6-10

These are food items that will keep in the refrigerator for a week or more. The only exception might be the fresh meats and fish that should either be eaten or frozen within 3 days.

cottage cheese
cream cheese
sour cream
deli meats


6. cottage cheese – Wikipedia defines it as

“a cheese curd product with a mild flavor. It is drained, but not pressed, so some whey remains and the individual curds remain loose. The curd is usually washed to remove acidity, giving sweet curd cheese. It is not aged or colored. Different styles of cottage cheese are made from milks with different fat levels and in small curd or large curd preparations. Cottage cheese which is pressed becomes hoop cheese, farmer cheese, pot cheese or queso blanco.”

via Cottage cheese – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Jughandle uses it for dips in place of sour cream and it makes a great creamy cheese to add to lasagna.  I buy the low fat, low sodium kind even though the regular tastes a little better.  It also make a great healthy snack.


7. cream cheese – Most of us are familiar with the silver packages of Philadelphia brand cream cheese.  I my opinion nothing else touches it for flavor.  I’ll give you my recipe later for Cheese cake made with 6 packages of the stuff.  Cream cheese is very spreadable and it great on crackers and can be softened even more to combine with other stuff by putting it in the microwave for 30 sec on high.
8. sour cream – believe it or not, sour cream is exactly that.  Cream that has soured by the introduction of certain kinds of lactic acid bacteria.  Sour Cream is high in fat and is fabulous for dips and dressings.

9. meats/fish – A well stocked refrigerator will have the meat or fish that you intend to cook with in 2 to no more than 3 days, unless you are aging beef. (that is another story for another day).  Keep the meat or fish covered and cool.  Bring to room temperature before cooking.
10. deli meats – such as smoked or cured, turkey, ham, or sausages like baloney, salami, pastrami are great to have on hand to make sandwiches or hors d’oeuvres.  These will keep for at least a week well packaged.  Remember, deli meats are usually high in sodium and fat.


More tomorrow farmers,