My guys love cheese. Earlier this week I was preparing dinner and I finished grating some cheese so I removed the top of my cheese grater and my toddler snatched it. The next thing I knew I looked over and my son is licking the cheese off the back (thank goodness he wasn’t licking on the grating part). So I took it away from him and he immediately started picking up all the little shreds that had fallen on the floor, now that' a cheese lover. My husband likes to joke around and call me the cheese police because I often leave notes on the packages of cheese I buy that say 'do not eat' or 'saving until a certain date'. Since we are trying to stay on budget cheese is something that could easily blow our budget, and our waistlines. I try to stretch it as far as it will go.
One of the ways I do this is I try to find meals that do not need cheese, and if I am making a dish that requires it I don’t use all that the recipe calls for. But the easiest way I stretch the cheese I buy is through grating it myself on the finer side of the grater. By doing this you can cover a larger area with less cheese. I also measured how many cups I can grate from one 8 oz bar of cheese, it’s 3. That’s 1 cup more than buying it in the bags and often it is the same price. What a steal, not to mention it melts beautifully.
I simply grate an entire bar at a time and put it in a baggie in the fridge. I haven't been happy about the texture of freezing bars of cheese, but I've had success freezing my grated cheese. Now at Aldi you can buy an 8 oz block for $1.29.
This makes all of our family happy, the cheese lovers and the budget keepers. I don’t know about you but that Works for Me! For more great ideas check out We’re That Family.