Whole Foods is having a One Day Sale on Parmigiano Reggiano! For more than half off the regular price of $21.99, on Friday the 13th you can get this beautifully exquisite cheese for only $9.99 a pound! You should absolutely check out your local Whole Foods for this amazing deal. If you don’t understand what all the hype is behind Parmigiano Reggiano I will share a little information on this hunk of heavenly cheese.
The Story of Parmigiano Reggiano
Parmigiano is a name protected cheese and each wheel of Parmigiano Reggiano carries proof of its authenticity. During production, the rind is impressed with the number of the “caseificio” or cheese house, production date and pin dots forming the words “Parmigiano Reggiano.” The pin dots guarantee that the cheese was made under regulation of the Consorzio del Formaggio Parmigiano Reggiano, conforming to its stringent standards of quality. After one year of aging, each wheel that passes the test is branded with an oval certification mark and left to finish aging. Almost every piece we cut at Whole Foods includes part of the marked rind, so you can verify it is Parmigiano Reggiano!
This carefully made cheese is always a raw cow’s milk cheese and exclusively made in the regions in and around Parma, Reggio Emilia, Modena and Bologna, Italy. Traditionally the cows are fed only grass and hay therefore producing “grass fed milk”. There, of course, are knock off versions of this Italian hard cheese. Outside of Europe it may be referred to as Parmesan. Grana Padano is another variation of the former only from a different region in Italy with less strict rules on what the cows may eat and how it is aged, etc.
Now you may be thinking…what am I going to do with a pound or more of Parmigiano Reggiano? I’ll give you some suggestions. It can be grated in a food processor and stored in an air tight container in the fridge for over a month, making it easily accessible for tossing in salads or over pastas. It will also look marvelous and be a big hit on holiday cheese boards!
This exotic superstar is nothing like the waxy pre packed already grated or shredded cheeses that are much cheaper. You will absolutely taste the difference. Whether you’re cooking with it, using it for garnish or serving it on a cheese board, Parmigiano Reggiano will change the way your food tastes! It’s such an extraordinary cheese that when we crack open wheels of it, we always put a cheesy smile on our customers faces after giving them a sample! It is usually much pricer but for one day you will get the luxury of buying it for over half off! I say go for it and use it instead of the cheaper knock off versions for as long as you can!