Glossary of Cheese Terms

Glossary of Cheese Terms Welcome to the MexicoCheese.com Glossary of cheese terms, a comprehensive listing of terms and vocabulary you need to know while learning about Mexican cheese, Mexican food and cheesemaking in general.  Cheese Terms – Listed Alphabetically  Acid Set Acid set: Using bacteria in milk to coagulate the milk without the use of … Read more

Feria del Queso Tonantzintla 2022

21st Annual Feria del Queso Tonantzintla 2022 Held in Puebla On August 5, 6 and 7, Puebla celebrated the twenty-first edition of the traditional Tonantzintla Cheese Fair in the municipality of San Andrés Cholula, Puebla. This long-running cheese festival was canceled in 2020, and due to pandemic restrictions, significantly modified in 2021. Dairy producers, cheesemakers … Read more

Substitutes for Oaxaca Cheese

Substitutes for Oaxaca Cheese – 13 Great Options for A Variety of Dishes What is Oaxaca Cheese? Queso Oaxaca (pronounced wuh-HAA-kah) is one of the most popular cheeses in Mexico and originates from the state of Oaxaca. In this region, it is more commonly known as Quesillo. Oaxaca cheese is a semi-firm, white cheese with … Read more

8th Annual Festival del Queso Artesanal

8th Annual Festival del Queso Artesanal held in Tenosique, Tabasco Last weekend, after being postponed for two years, this highly anticipated, gastronomic festival was held in the state of Tabasco in the Tenosique Convention Center. The three-day event featured over 250 exhibitors and was attended by over 58,000 visitors. Respected as one of the largest … Read more

The Best Substitute for Panela Cheese – 12 Great Options

The Best Substitute for Panela Cheese What is Panela Cheese? Panela (pronounced pa-NEH-lah) is a semi-soft, fresh Mexican cheese made from skimmed cow’s milk, rennet and sea salt. Panela cheese is commonly known as “queso canasta” or “queso de la canasta”. It takes its name from the baskets in which the cheese is commonly made … Read more

Mexican Manchego vs Spanish Manchego

Mexican Manchego vs Spanish Manchego – What’s in a name? If you have ever perused the international cheese section of your supermarket you have undoubtedly come across cheese labeled “manchego”. You may even have noticed two distinctly different styles of cheese both called “manchego”. One is a hard, ivory-white cheese with a distinctive rind. The … Read more

Queso Fresco vs Queso Blanco

Queso Fresco vs Queso Blanco – Are they the same? Queso blanco and Queso fresco are both white Mexican “fresh cheeses”. Their appearance, texture and flavor profile are nearly identical and they can be used interchangeably in almost any Mexican dish. But are they the same cheese? Let’s learn more about these two popular Mexican … Read more

Cotija vs Queso Fresco

Cotija vs Queso Fresco – All you need to know about these two iconic Mexican cheeses Cotija and Queso Fresco are two of the most used cheeses in a Mexican household. They are both white and crumbly and one may easily be mistaken for the other. While Cotija and Queso fresco fall into completely different … Read more

Panela vs Paneer 

Panela vs Paneer  Mexico’s Queso Panela and India’s Paneer Cheese – Similarities and Differences Cheese is an integral ingredient in the cuisines of both Mexico and India. While India has a documented history of cheesemaking that goes back 4500 years, cheese and cheesemaking techniques were introduced to Mexico only about 500 years ago. Mexico’s Panela … Read more

Panela vs Queso Fresco

Mexican Cheese, the ultimate guide

Panela vs Queso Fresco How to Use Panela Cheese and Queso Fresco in Your Cuisine Cheese is one of the most popular food items in modern Mexican cuisine. Despite the fact that cheese and cheesemaking techniques were introduced to Mexico just over 500 years ago, it now seems inconceivable to imagine a Mexican kitchen without … Read more