It can be hard to figure out how much cheese you need to buy to meet some recipe's requirements. If a recipe calls for a cup of shredded cheese or a cup or cubed cheese how much cheese do you need to buy? It all comes down to how much in a pound of cheese shredded or cubed.
To determine how much is a pound of cheese cubed or shredded we selected a ¼ pound block of cheese for our test sample. These measurements are the same for cheddar, mozzarella, American, Swiss, jack, and other processed block cheeses.
We found that our ¼ pound block in our sample size equals 2/3 cup of cubed cheese. If you have a full 1 pound block equals 2.67 cups of cubes. When grated, our ¼ pound block of cheese yielded 1 cup of shredded cheese, or 4 cups from a 1 pound block of cheese.
Bleu cheese is normally crumbled, not grated or cubed but we found that ¼ pound still equaled 1 cup. Parmesan cheese is slightly different than the previously mentioned cheeses. One pound of this cheese equals about 4.5 cups grated which makes ¼ pound come in at 1 to 1.25 cups grated.
If you are measuring by weight, remember that coarsely grated cheese is much heavier than finely grated cheese. In other words 1 cup of coarsely grated cheese will contain less cheese than 1 cup of finely grated cheese. Most good recipes will specify what grating size they used.
Did you know that it takes about 10 pounds of milk to make 1 pound of cheese. Cheese can be produced using cow, buffalo, goat, horse and even camel milk. Moose milk cheese that is made on a farm in Sweden is super rare, super expensive; it sells for about $400 per pound. However, the most expensive cheese in the world is called Pule, a Balkan donkey milk variety from Serbia that cost $600 per pound. Since cheese is most flavorful when eaten at room temperature, remove it from the refrigerator about 1 to 1.5 hours before serving.
So now whether you need shredded or cubed cheese you'll be able to easily figure out how much is in a 1/4 pound of cheese. You can also use our conversion tool below for any custom how many cups in a... measurements you need. If you use a lot of cheese you should consider getting a good box grater, and microplane. I often use a box grater for basic cheese shredding. There are several inexpensive models that do the trick OXO Good Grips and the iCooker Stainless Steel Cheese Grater are 2 good examples to consider. In addition to zesting, a microplane makes quick work of producing very fine grated Parmesan cheese. For many years I have used the Microplane Classic Zester/Grater at home. If you are looking for a great gift for a cheese lover? Consider the Victorinox Swiss Army 3-Piece Gourmet Cheese Knife that includes a one for each type of cheese.
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