Monday, February 23, 2009


The other day at the IperCoop we were asking the guy at the cheese counter about different types of cheese. He was very knowledgeable and helpful, and we made our selections. Parmigiano 008As I got ready to walk away I noticed what he was getting ready to do: break open some wheels of parmesan so he could wrap and price them. I should have asked about how much an average wheel weighs, but of course I didn't think about it at the time. Depending on the age and the brand, we can get parmesan cheese anywhere from €10 up to maybe €25 per KILO, which averages out to about $6 to $15 per pound - which is why I usually take a big chunk of parmesan back with me to the states!

Parmigiano 001

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At 2/23/2009 08:18:00 AM , Anonymous brazitalian8984 said...

Mouth watering...Barb!
I am clueless about bringing cheese back but would love to do it in April. Do I need to report on our customs forms? Does it need some special wrapping? Need some type of cooler? Thanks,


At 2/23/2009 08:30:00 AM , Blogger Barbara said...

Sandra, you can bring back AGED cheeses, so a hard cheese like parmesan is fine AS LONG AS IT'S VACUUM PACKED! You can also bring back AGED pecorino, but not fresh, and again, the secret is vacuum packed. YOu can also bring back dried porcini mushrooms, but NO meat products, even if they are vacuum packed. And yes, you do need to list everything on your customs form. Oh, and for parmesan, as long as it's not hot, no refrigeration is needed.


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