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Cheese: Hard

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Save money on hard cheese by purchasing it in bulk, and storing it in the freezer.  You can store it in blocks, or you can shred it first.


If you put it in the refrigerator, you have a couple options to make it last longer and keep mold from forming.  Put it in a airtight container with some sugar, or  wrap it in cheesecloth or a paper towel damped with a touch of vinegar.


When you grate cheese, spray some vegetable oil on the scraper or blades first.  This will stop the waste of the cheese sticking to the grater.


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Frugal footnotes:

Here are a couple frugal recipes that make good use of cheese.


Easy Homemade Macaroni and Cheese


1 package macaroni (16 ounces)
1/4 cup milk
2 eggs
salt and pepper to taste
16 ounces sharp cheddar cheese
2 Tbsps margarine

Cook and drain macaroni.  In a small bowl, mix the milk, eggs, salt and pepper.

Put in a casserole dish, layering with the cheddar cheese.  Top with cheese.  Cut margarine into small pieces and layer on top of the cheese.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, or until casserole is hot and cheese is bubbly.


Cheese Enchilada Casserole


1 package corn tortillas

1 carton sour cream or IMO
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can chopped green chilies (mild)
4 cups grated cheese (longhorn)

Tear the tortillas into strips.  Mix the rest of the ingredients, reserving 1 cup of the cheese.

Layer the tortillas and soup mix.  Top with reserved cheese.

Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes, or until casserole is hot and cheese is bubbly.








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