Our family has a few “rules” when it comes to cheese-shopping:
- We buy blocks rather than pre-grated. It’s more affordable that way and tastes much fresher.
- We buy Tillamook, whenever possible. It’s just plain better.
In Arizona, our local grocer carries Tillamook Medium Cheddar and Colby Jack in 2 lb. loaves. We would likely also buy Monterey Jack if it were available.
The ingredient list seems pretty solid – with only four ingredients (Cultured Milk, Salt, Enzymes, Anatto).
Unfortunately, I can’t say the same for Tillamook-branded ice cream. It’s delicious…but it is also full of who-knows-what ingredients. Even if it were available in the Arizona market, I’d likely pass it over for Haagen-Dazs or homemade from our ice cream maker.
Have you ever had Tillamook cheese? If not, you can get free samples and fun prizes at a Tillamook Loaf Love tour stop in 2012 (coming to Tucson on the 25th and 26th of February!).
What brand of cheese do you buy and why? Do you look for certain ingredients on the label?
* Our family attended a VIP Tillamook party at the Phoenix Zoo with a select group of bloggers a few weeks ago. Super fun…even at 31weeks pregnant (31!).