Glossary of Cheese Terms

Glossary of Cheese Terms Welcome to the 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

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

Panela and Spinach soup

Panela and Spinach soup In 40 minutes you can have this fantastic vegetarian tomato based panela and spinach soup. I was amazed how quick and easy this was to make. The flavors were fantastic and it made a great lunch for us with very little fuss. I used a Corvadonga panela cheese, which was excellent … 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

How to Use Panela Cheese

How to Use Panela Cheese Panela is a fresh, mild cheese that is great on salads and sandwiches. However,  it is most famously known as a cheese that can stand up to high heat. Panela cheese can be grilled, baked or fried without losing its shape. It will become soft and browned but will not … Read more

Can Dogs Eat Panela Cheese?

Can Dogs Eat Panela Cheese? Yes, most dogs can eat Panela cheese in small amounts as a treat. As with all cheese, there are health considerations to be made when feeding dogs, but Panela cheese is relatively low fat compared to some other cheeses. Panela cheese can be great as a treat for your dog, … Read more

The Ultimate Guide to Mexican Cheese

Mexican Cheese, the ultimate guide

It is nearly impossible to imagine the Mexican cuisine we know and love without Mexican cheese as a vital component. Enchiladas, chiles rellenos, chilaquiles, quesadillas and esquites….what would they be without cheese? Would these ubiquitous dishes even exist on the modern Mexican menus of today without the introduction of cheesemaking to Mexico? While cheese seems … Read more