Kraft's Parmesan cheese
Kraft’s Parmesan cheese

I bought Kraft’s Parmesan Cheese at COSTCO. It’s imported from the USA and is very big. It contains 16OZ(453g). I found a description ‘WE USE ONLY REAL PARMESAN CHEESE, NOT IMITATION OR SUBSTITUTES’.

I had thought that Kraft’s Parmesan cheese was not real Parmesan cheese, so I researched.

Wikipedia – Parmigiano-Reggiano describes very well

Of course, real Parmesan cheese is ‘Parmigiano Reggiano’, which is made in North Italy. In the EU, there is a regulation that only cheese made in North Italy is called ‘Parmigiano Reggiano’.

Kraft's Parmesan cheese
“We use real Parmesan cheese”

There are no regulations outside of the EU, so Parmesan Cheese made in the USA can be sold in the USA. ‘Parmesan Cheese’ is English name of ‘Parmigiano Reggiano’.

What Kraft Company says is right, because they use ‘Parmesan Cheese’ in the USA. I found a description below at the Kraft WEB site.

Ingredients: PARMESAN CHEESE (PASTEURIZED PART-SKIM MILK, SALT, LESS THAN 2% OF ENZYMES, CHEESE CULTURE, CELLULOSE POWDER TO PREVENT CAKING, POTASSIUM SORBATE TO PROTECT FLAVOR), AGED 6 MONTHS.

According to Wikipedia, Parmesan cheese made in the USA is aged for a shorter time, and its size is small. Parmigiano Reggiano must be aged at least one year, usually two years, but Kraft’s cheese is aged six months only.

Sometimes I can get real Parmigiano Reggiano, its taste and flavor are very different from Kraft’s one. Anyway, Kraft’s Parmesan cheese is also Parmesan cheese.

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