Cheese: What are good melting cheeses?

Blondell recently e-mailed the Kitchen Shrink to ask, “Which cheeses can be melted and poured?” While most people know that processed cheeses melt smoothly and easily into sauces, selecting a natural cheese that behaves as well isn’t always easy. Many hard grating cheeses don’t melt well and those known for their stringiness and chewy texture tend to maintain that texture when warmed, but the list of those that do melt well into sauces gives pretty much choice at the cheese counter. If you follow the tips below, you can count on a smooth sauce when you use Asiago, Cheddar, colby, fontina, Gouda, Gruyère, Havarti, Monterey Jack, or Muenster. Blue cheeses and soft cheeses such as Brie and Camembert also melt well if you remove the rind. When melting cheese, the following tips will help insure a smooth sauce. Bring the cheese to room temperature before using, grate or finely chop the cheese, thicken the sauce before adding the cheese, and heat only until the cheese has melted. Overheating can make the cheese harden and release fat creating a lumpy sauce.

4 Responses to Cheese: What are good melting cheeses?

  1. Laurie says:

    Can’t wait to try tonight and then I’ll let u know.

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  3. Ron L says:

    You missed goat cheese. I use it all the time for rose sauces or even cream sauce for gnocchi.

  4. Valerie says:

    Thanks for the tip. I’m cooking from scratch because my husband is on a low sodium diet and I just made a pasta and cheese dish that is stringy!

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