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Offline Chicago Bob

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Re: Why is Grande cheese so hard, if not impossible to find/purchase?!?
« Reply #40 on: August 08, 2014, 12:56:53 PM »
Alot of my grocery stores near me sell the grande provolone at the deli. 

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Re: Why is Grande cheese so hard, if not impossible to find/purchase?!?
« Reply #42 on: August 08, 2014, 01:07:35 PM »
Already been posted above and your link don`t work.

I know. But the name is what I was after. Lazy me, on vacation, should have omitted the linkiness. Perhaps the cheese is no longer on the cows order list. :o


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Re: Why is Grande cheese so hard, if not impossible to find/purchase?!?
« Reply #43 on: August 08, 2014, 01:12:22 PM »
I know. But the name is what I was after. Lazy me, on vacation, should have omitted the linkiness. Perhaps the cheese is no longer on the cows order list. :o


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Re: Why is Grande cheese so hard, if not impossible to find/purchase?!?
« Reply #44 on: August 10, 2014, 04:16:24 AM »
Grande markets a consumer mozz under a different name. I used to get it locally, but they stopped carrying it. Comes in a black tub. I wrote about it on this site. Will look back to see if I can find it.

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Grande only sold Piacci in a few areas of the country, including mine. They had an online directory of retailers (mostly mom-and-pop "fancy foods" shops) who allegedly carried it. I visited a number of these places. Most had none when I visited. In the places I found some, it didn't move. Stock was expired or close to it.

I called up the folks in the Piacci division to discuss this, and they put me on their email list. One day, I got an email thanking me for my patronage, and informing me they were closing down the Piacci line. Their website never revealed it was a Grande product. The address given turned out to be a Grande back office location someplace in Wisconsin. I got this impression that top management at Grande knows how to make great cheese and wholesale it, but knows nothing about retail.

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Re: Why is Grande cheese so hard, if not impossible to find/purchase?!?
« Reply #45 on: August 10, 2014, 09:15:38 AM »
Alot of my grocery stores near me sell the grande provolone at the deli.  Why can't they do the same with the Mozz?  The only other players are Boars Head, Sorrento and Stella.  Boars Head sells anywhere between $6.50-8.00/lb.

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Re: Why is Grande cheese so hard, if not impossible to find/purchase?!?
« Reply #46 on: August 16, 2014, 04:42:56 PM »
They sure must be....Grande sells in food service for under $2.50lb......grocery store crappy 1lb. blocks,Sorrento,Polly-O,etc. sell for $5.00lb.  Grande would own grocery store cheese sales once people tried it and discovered how lame the current offerings are.

what? $2.50 are you kidding? I was quoted $3.56 and $3.96 from to suppliers for grande east cost. And one of them refused to deliver all cheese saying that I have to order other things beside the cheese. Restaurant depot has only its brand in all 7 stores around my locations

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Re: Why is Grande cheese so hard, if not impossible to find/purchase?!?
« Reply #47 on: August 16, 2014, 06:32:04 PM »
what? $2.50 are you kidding? I was quoted $3.56 and $3.96 from to suppliers for grande east cost. And one of them refused to deliver all cheese saying that I have to order other things beside the cheese. Restaurant depot has only its brand in all 7 stores around my locations
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Re: Why is Grande cheese so hard, if not impossible to find/purchase?!?
« Reply #48 on: August 19, 2014, 01:21:19 PM »
I bought east coast locally at Penn Mac. It cost a lot more than Saputo and Wisconsin. I didn't think it was worth extra money.
Now I'm getting from a friend arezzio cheese, which is really good and at $12.50 for 5 pounds I won't be switching to anything else soon.

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Re: Why is Grande cheese so hard, if not impossible to find/purchase?!?
« Reply #49 on: September 22, 2014, 08:58:09 AM »
If it's of any condolence, I paid $40 for a bag of their mozz/provo mix and it was totally and completely bland. It was honestly no better than a $5 bag from the local grocery store. I don't know if I just got a bad batch, but for the ridiculous price they charge, I'll never give it another chance.


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Re: Why is Grande cheese so hard, if not impossible to find/purchase?!?
« Reply #50 on: November 17, 2014, 10:38:38 AM »
Hi Gang

It's pretty easy to order Grande Cheese online at Vern's Cheese. The Solid blocks at http://www.vernscheese.com:10088/vernsShop/index.php?route=product/category&path=59_61&limit=100 and the shredded at http://www.vernscheese.com:10088/vernsShop/index.php?route=product/category&path=59_79

Good Luck it is good stuff!

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Re: Why is Grande cheese so hard, if not impossible to find/purchase?!?
« Reply #51 on: November 17, 2014, 11:15:51 AM »
I have never been too impressed with Grande myself, I think it oils off  too much but for the members in the Bay Area here, Mollie Stone's sell Grande Whole Milk mozza and their Provolone in 1lb increments. Not cheap, though. I think it's about $8.00/lb.

An extremely good alternative to Grande is the mozzarella from Cascade Diary Products in Hayward, CA. They used to make the North Beach mozzarella for Trader Joe's but I believe TJ's has now their own label.

North Beach mozzarella is an excellent product. I have raved about it a few times on here and much better, imo, than Grande. Not to mention it's reasonably priced. Great flavor, heat tolerance and melting capabilities.

I know Costco carries it in blocks or shredded. For more info you may have to give them a call.

Cascade Dairy Products
21090 Cabot Blvd
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(510) 784-8800

http://www2.costco.com/Browse/Product.aspx?Prodid=11543120&whse=BD_823&Ne=5000000+4000000&eCat=BD_823|9897&N=4033899%204294896839%205000106&Mo=6&No=4&Nr=P_CatalogName:BD_823&Ns=P_Price|1||P_SignDesc1&lang=en-US&Sp=C&topnav=national

http://www2.costco.com/Browse/Product.aspx?Prodid=11537951&whse=BD_823&Ne=1611%204000000&eCat=BD_823|9897&N=4031223&Mo=157&No=69&Nr=P_CatalogName:BD_823&Ns=P_Price|1||P_SignDesc1&lang=en-US&Sp=C&topnav=national
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Re: Why is Grande cheese so hard, if not impossible to find/purchase?!?
« Reply #52 on: November 17, 2014, 11:45:31 AM »
Mike:

I am only 20 minutes away from the Hayward Costco business center, so the cheese is accessible to me.  But, 6 pounds is overkill for our household.  We make about two pies in a week.  Does this stuff freeze ok?

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Re: Why is Grande cheese so hard, if not impossible to find/purchase?!?
« Reply #53 on: November 17, 2014, 12:01:14 PM »
Mike:

I am only 20 minutes away from the Hayward Costco business center, so the cheese is accessible to me.  But, 6 pounds is overkill for our household.  We make about two pies in a week.  Does this stuff freeze ok?

- Mitch

Mitch,

It should. What I use when freezing cheese, or any meat for that matter, is the Ziploc Vacuum bags.

http://www.ziploc.com/Products/Pages/VacuumFreezerSystem.aspx

What I forgot to mention about the North Beach Mozzarella is that it also comes as whole milk, not only part-skim. The whole milk is actually my personal favorite but I'm not sure Costco carries it.

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Re: Why is Grande cheese so hard, if not impossible to find/purchase?!?
« Reply #54 on: November 17, 2014, 12:03:17 PM »
By the way, if you're only 20 mins away from the Costco place, why not go directly to Cascade and see if they sell to you? Or call them up. Why pay the middle man ;D
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« Reply #55 on: November 17, 2014, 12:13:59 PM »
Yep, I agree - I actually spent some time a few minutes ago "googling" them.  They do not seem to have a website, so I am not sure if they are very retail oriented.  But, as you said, I could give them a call.  - M

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Re: Why is Grande cheese so hard, if not impossible to find/purchase?!?
« Reply #56 on: November 17, 2014, 12:24:59 PM »
I'm a cheese freezer and haven't noticed any issues. I cut a 6lb loaf into smaller portioned bricks, freeze them, let defrost overnight and grate the day I use them.
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« Reply #57 on: November 17, 2014, 12:30:49 PM »
I'm a cheese freezer and haven't noticed any issues. I cut a 6lb loaf into smaller portioned bricks, freeze them, let defrost overnight and grate the day I use them.
Yep   ^^^       Especially if Mitch can get the bricks. I freeze shred all the time....no problemo.
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Re: Why is Grande cheese so hard, if not impossible to find/purchase?!?
« Reply #58 on: November 17, 2014, 01:00:30 PM »
Yep, I agree - I actually spent some time a few minutes ago "googling" them.  They do not seem to have a website, so I am not sure if they are very retail oriented.  But, as you said, I could give them a call.  - M

Here's their website:

http://www.pacificcheese.com/
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I freeze shred all the time....no problemo.
I have no choice but to do the same with bricks/logs.  I actually think the Poly O LMWM Smoked Mozzarella gets a bit better after a time in the freezer.  I refrigerator thaw and shred the day I use it.  Cheese cut into 1.5 lb chunks, double wrapped in cling wrap, and put into thick ziplock bag(s).  I do a Mozz/white cheddar mix these days.
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