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  1. #1
    Julie Bove Guest

    Default How to cut a 5 pound block of cheese?

    Costco has been out of Tillamoos. If you don't know what those are, they
    are single serve packets of Tillamook, medium cheddar cheese. So I bought a
    5 pound block of the same cheese. I had a heck of a time cutting it. I
    used a butcher knife.

    After that was all eaten, I bought a 2 1/2 pound block of the same cheese at
    a different store. I thought this would be easier to cut. I tried a
    smaller ceramic knife, but it slipped sideways and I grazed my cuticle. Not
    a big deal. No blood.

    So now I have another 5 pound block that I will need to cut up soon. I have
    been cutting them in cubes. Is there some other way to cut this besides a
    knife? I have Wusthoff knives (except for the ceramic one) and I once broke
    the blade off in a much smaller block of cheese. This was some years ago
    and the knife was less than a year old. That knife plus another have since
    been replaced by the company. They were still under warranty.

    I just don't want any more accidents. Is there some other way to cut cheese
    in cubes? Would dental floss work? Thanks!



  2. #2
    ImStillMags Guest

    Default Re: How to cut a 5 pound block of cheese?

    On Dec 9, 4:37*pm, "Julie Bove" <julieb...@frontier.com> wrote:
    > Costco has been out of Tillamoos. *If you don't know what those are, they
    > are single serve packets of Tillamook, medium cheddar cheese. *So I bought a
    > 5 pound block of the same cheese. *I had a heck of a time cutting it. *I
    > used a butcher knife.
    >
    > After that was all eaten, I bought a 2 1/2 pound block of the same cheeseat
    > a different store. *I thought this would be easier to cut. *I tried a
    > smaller ceramic knife, but it slipped sideways and I grazed my cuticle. *Not
    > a big deal. *No blood.
    >
    > So now I have another 5 pound block that I will need to cut up soon. *Ihave
    > been cutting them in cubes. *Is there some other way to cut this besides a
    > knife? *I have Wusthoff knives (except for the ceramic one) and I once broke
    > the blade off in a much smaller block of cheese. *This was some years ago
    > and the knife was less than a year old. *That knife plus another have since
    > been replaced by the company. *They were still under warranty.
    >
    > I just don't want any more accidents. *Is there some other way to cut cheese
    > in cubes? *Would dental floss work? *Thanks!


    Wire would work better than dental floss. If you have some copper
    wire or other wire that's not thick, take two pieces of wood or two
    of anything you can wrap the wire around, leaving a long piece in
    between for the cutter.

  3. #3
    Jim Elbrecht Guest

    Default Re: How to cut a 5 pound block of cheese?

    "Julie Bove" <[email protected]> wrote:
    -snip-
    >
    >So now I have another 5 pound block that I will need to cut up soon. I have
    >been cutting them in cubes. Is there some other way to cut this besides a
    >knife?


    I use a [sharp metal] knife- but I think if I was going to be cubing a
    whole block at once I'd give one of the wire cutters a try- they
    should give you a lot more control and you could get uniform cubes-
    http://www.amazon.com/Prodyne-126-B-.../dp/B000I6147Y
    $24

    >I have Wusthoff knives (except for the ceramic one) and I once broke
    >the blade off in a much smaller block of cheese. This was some years ago
    >and the knife was less than a year old. That knife plus another have since
    >been replaced by the company. They were still under warranty.
    >
    >I just don't want any more accidents. Is there some other way to cut cheese
    >in cubes? Would dental floss work? Thanks!
    >


    Probably- guitar wire has been used. You can get stainless wire and a
    couple of bull rings at the hardware store pretty cheap.

    Jim

  4. #4
    Julie Bove Guest

    Default Re: How to cut a 5 pound block of cheese?


    "ImStillMags" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]...
    On Dec 9, 4:37 pm, "Julie Bove" <julieb...@frontier.com> wrote:
    > Costco has been out of Tillamoos. If you don't know what those are, they
    > are single serve packets of Tillamook, medium cheddar cheese. So I bought
    > a
    > 5 pound block of the same cheese. I had a heck of a time cutting it. I
    > used a butcher knife.
    >
    > After that was all eaten, I bought a 2 1/2 pound block of the same cheese
    > at
    > a different store. I thought this would be easier to cut. I tried a
    > smaller ceramic knife, but it slipped sideways and I grazed my cuticle.
    > Not
    > a big deal. No blood.
    >
    > So now I have another 5 pound block that I will need to cut up soon. I
    > have
    > been cutting them in cubes. Is there some other way to cut this besides a
    > knife? I have Wusthoff knives (except for the ceramic one) and I once
    > broke
    > the blade off in a much smaller block of cheese. This was some years ago
    > and the knife was less than a year old. That knife plus another have since
    > been replaced by the company. They were still under warranty.
    >
    > I just don't want any more accidents. Is there some other way to cut
    > cheese
    > in cubes? Would dental floss work? Thanks!


    Wire would work better than dental floss. If you have some copper
    wire or other wire that's not thick, take two pieces of wood or two
    of anything you can wrap the wire around, leaving a long piece in
    between for the cutter.

    I don't think I have any wire. Years ago I did have a wire cheese cutter
    but it only did slices. I will look for some wire. Thanks!



  5. #5
    pure kona Guest

    Default Re: How to cut a 5 pound block of cheese?

    On Thu, 09 Dec 2010 19:56:09 -0500, Jim Elbrecht <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >"Julie Bove" <[email protected]> wrote:
    >-snip-
    >>
    >>So now I have another 5 pound block that I will need to cut up soon. I have
    >>been cutting them in cubes. Is there some other way to cut this besides a
    >>knife?

    >
    >I use a [sharp metal] knife- but I think if I was going to be cubing a
    >whole block at once I'd give one of the wire cutters a try- they
    >should give you a lot more control and you could get uniform cubes-
    >http://www.amazon.com/Prodyne-126-B-.../dp/B000I6147Y
    >$24
    >
    >>I have Wusthoff knives (except for the ceramic one) and I once broke
    >>the blade off in a much smaller block of cheese. This was some years ago
    >>and the knife was less than a year old. That knife plus another have since
    >>been replaced by the company. They were still under warranty.
    >>
    >>I just don't want any more accidents. Is there some other way to cut cheese
    >>in cubes? Would dental floss work? Thanks!
    >>

    >
    >Probably- guitar wire has been used. You can get stainless wire and a
    >couple of bull rings at the hardware store pretty cheap.
    >
    >Jim


    When I was in Vermont for school-decades ago, they had a snazzy cheese
    slicer in all stores that was a wire and you sliced off perfectly thin
    slices. It could not hurt you. I bet you could google for a cheese
    slicer.

    aloha,
    Cea

  6. #6
    Julie Bove Guest

    Default Re: How to cut a 5 pound block of cheese?


    "Jim Elbrecht" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > "Julie Bove" <[email protected]> wrote:
    > -snip-
    >>
    >>So now I have another 5 pound block that I will need to cut up soon. I
    >>have
    >>been cutting them in cubes. Is there some other way to cut this besides a
    >>knife?

    >
    > I use a [sharp metal] knife- but I think if I was going to be cubing a
    > whole block at once I'd give one of the wire cutters a try- they
    > should give you a lot more control and you could get uniform cubes-
    > http://www.amazon.com/Prodyne-126-B-.../dp/B000I6147Y
    > $24
    >
    >>I have Wusthoff knives (except for the ceramic one) and I once broke
    >>the blade off in a much smaller block of cheese. This was some years ago
    >>and the knife was less than a year old. That knife plus another have
    >>since
    >>been replaced by the company. They were still under warranty.
    >>
    >>I just don't want any more accidents. Is there some other way to cut
    >>cheese
    >>in cubes? Would dental floss work? Thanks!
    >>

    >
    > Probably- guitar wire has been used. You can get stainless wire and a
    > couple of bull rings at the hardware store pretty cheap.


    Aha! I forgot about those kind of cheese cutters! One year I gave them out
    as gifts. There was a store next door to where I worked that was like
    Coscto. They had them but the base was marble. I shall get one. Thanks!



  7. #7
    Steve B Guest

    Default Re: How to cut a 5 pound block of cheese?


    "Julie Bove" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:idrsnf$5m6$[email protected]..
    > Costco has been out of Tillamoos. If you don't know what those are, they
    > are single serve packets of Tillamook, medium cheddar cheese. So I bought
    > a 5 pound block of the same cheese. I had a heck of a time cutting it. I
    > used a butcher knife.
    >
    > After that was all eaten, I bought a 2 1/2 pound block of the same cheese
    > at a different store. I thought this would be easier to cut. I tried a
    > smaller ceramic knife, but it slipped sideways and I grazed my cuticle.
    > Not a big deal. No blood.
    >
    > So now I have another 5 pound block that I will need to cut up soon. I
    > have been cutting them in cubes. Is there some other way to cut this
    > besides a knife? I have Wusthoff knives (except for the ceramic one) and
    > I once broke the blade off in a much smaller block of cheese. This was
    > some years ago and the knife was less than a year old. That knife plus
    > another have since been replaced by the company. They were still under
    > warranty.
    >
    > I just don't want any more accidents. Is there some other way to cut
    > cheese in cubes? Would dental floss work? Thanks!


    I have a Henckels cheese knife that works nicely. It is about eighteen
    inches long, and has a handle on each end. They are great. I got it at a
    yard sale for $10.

    Steve



  8. #8
    Melba's Jammin' Guest

    Default Re: How to cut a 5 pound block of cheese?

    In article <idrsnf$5m6$[email protected]>,
    "Julie Bove" <[email protected]> wrote:
    > I just don't want any more accidents. Is there some other way to cut cheese
    > in cubes? Would dental floss work? Thanks!


    I think you need wire, not dental floss.

    --
    Barb, Mother Superior, HOSSSPoJ
    Holy Order of the Sacred Sisters of St. Pectina of Jella
    "Always in a jam, never in a stew; sometimes in a pickle."
    Pepparkakor particulars posted 11-29-2010;
    http://web.me.com/barbschaller

  9. #9
    Melba's Jammin' Guest

    Default Re: How to cut a 5 pound block of cheese?

    In article <[email protected]>,
    pure kona <[email protected]> wrote:
    > When I was in Vermont for school-decades ago, they had a snazzy cheese
    > slicer in all stores that was a wire and you sliced off perfectly thin
    > slices. It could not hurt you. I bet you could google for a cheese
    > slicer.
    >
    > aloha,
    > Cea


    I'm going to guess that you can't cut cubes with it--slices, yes, but
    cubes? Not so much.

    --
    Barb, Mother Superior, HOSSSPoJ
    Holy Order of the Sacred Sisters of St. Pectina of Jella
    "Always in a jam, never in a stew; sometimes in a pickle."
    Pepparkakor particulars posted 11-29-2010;
    http://web.me.com/barbschaller

  10. #10
    Julie Bove Guest

    Default Re: How to cut a 5 pound block of cheese?


    "Jim Elbrecht" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > "Julie Bove" <[email protected]> wrote:
    > -snip-
    >>
    >>So now I have another 5 pound block that I will need to cut up soon. I
    >>have
    >>been cutting them in cubes. Is there some other way to cut this besides a
    >>knife?

    >
    > I use a [sharp metal] knife- but I think if I was going to be cubing a
    > whole block at once I'd give one of the wire cutters a try- they
    > should give you a lot more control and you could get uniform cubes-
    > http://www.amazon.com/Prodyne-126-B-.../dp/B000I6147Y
    > $24
    >
    >>I have Wusthoff knives (except for the ceramic one) and I once broke
    >>the blade off in a much smaller block of cheese. This was some years ago
    >>and the knife was less than a year old. That knife plus another have
    >>since
    >>been replaced by the company. They were still under warranty.
    >>
    >>I just don't want any more accidents. Is there some other way to cut
    >>cheese
    >>in cubes? Would dental floss work? Thanks!
    >>

    >
    > Probably- guitar wire has been used. You can get stainless wire and a
    > couple of bull rings at the hardware store pretty cheap.


    I just ordered a wire cutter from Instawares. It is hand held and made for
    large blocks of cheese. I almost ordered the bamboo one and then realized
    by looking at it that it probably was too small in scale for a large block
    of cheese. I think this one will work.

    Thanks again!



  11. #11
    Julie Bove Guest

    Default Re: How to cut a 5 pound block of cheese?


    "pure kona" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > On Thu, 09 Dec 2010 19:56:09 -0500, Jim Elbrecht <[email protected]>
    > wrote:
    >
    >>"Julie Bove" <[email protected]> wrote:
    >>-snip-
    >>>
    >>>So now I have another 5 pound block that I will need to cut up soon. I
    >>>have
    >>>been cutting them in cubes. Is there some other way to cut this besides
    >>>a
    >>>knife?

    >>
    >>I use a [sharp metal] knife- but I think if I was going to be cubing a
    >>whole block at once I'd give one of the wire cutters a try- they
    >>should give you a lot more control and you could get uniform cubes-
    >>http://www.amazon.com/Prodyne-126-B-.../dp/B000I6147Y
    >>$24
    >>
    >>>I have Wusthoff knives (except for the ceramic one) and I once broke
    >>>the blade off in a much smaller block of cheese. This was some years ago
    >>>and the knife was less than a year old. That knife plus another have
    >>>since
    >>>been replaced by the company. They were still under warranty.
    >>>
    >>>I just don't want any more accidents. Is there some other way to cut
    >>>cheese
    >>>in cubes? Would dental floss work? Thanks!
    >>>

    >>
    >>Probably- guitar wire has been used. You can get stainless wire and a
    >>couple of bull rings at the hardware store pretty cheap.
    >>
    >>Jim

    >
    > When I was in Vermont for school-decades ago, they had a snazzy cheese
    > slicer in all stores that was a wire and you sliced off perfectly thin
    > slices. It could not hurt you. I bet you could google for a cheese
    > slicer.


    Yes, I've had slicers but want cubes. I have since ordered an wire cutter
    for large blocks of cheese. Hopefully it will work. Thanks!



  12. #12
    Julie Bove Guest

    Default Re: How to cut a 5 pound block of cheese?


    "Melba's Jammin'" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > In article <[email protected]>,
    > pure kona <[email protected]> wrote:
    >> When I was in Vermont for school-decades ago, they had a snazzy cheese
    >> slicer in all stores that was a wire and you sliced off perfectly thin
    >> slices. It could not hurt you. I bet you could google for a cheese
    >> slicer.
    >>
    >> aloha,
    >> Cea

    >
    > I'm going to guess that you can't cut cubes with it--slices, yes, but
    > cubes? Not so much.


    That's what I'm thinking. I just ordered this:

    http://www.instawares.com/f-dick-che...105500.0.7.htm

    I do not know if it will do cubes but I'm thinking at least it will do thick
    slices that I can then cut down with a knife. At least it is designed for
    large blocks of cheese.



  13. #13
    spamtrap1888 Guest

    Default Re: How to cut a 5 pound block of cheese?

    On Dec 9, 5:52*pm, "Julie Bove" <julieb...@frontier.com> wrote:
    > "Jim Elbrecht" <elbre...@email.com> wrote in message


    > > Probably- guitar wire has been used. *You can get stainless wire and a
    > > couple of bull rings at the hardware store pretty cheap.

    >
    > I just ordered a wire cutter from Instawares. *It is hand held and madefor
    > large blocks of cheese. *I almost ordered the bamboo one and then realized
    > by looking at it that it probably was too small in scale for a large block
    > of cheese. *I think this one will work.


    I have never had a wire cheese cutter that didn't break within a few
    days of use. You are very smart to get a commercial grade one. I think
    the household ones are meant to slice Velveeta.

  14. #14
    Julie Bove Guest

    Default Re: How to cut a 5 pound block of cheese?


    "Steve B" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    >
    > "Julie Bove" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:idrsnf$5m6$[email protected]..
    >> Costco has been out of Tillamoos. If you don't know what those are, they
    >> are single serve packets of Tillamook, medium cheddar cheese. So I
    >> bought a 5 pound block of the same cheese. I had a heck of a time
    >> cutting it. I used a butcher knife.
    >>
    >> After that was all eaten, I bought a 2 1/2 pound block of the same cheese
    >> at a different store. I thought this would be easier to cut. I tried a
    >> smaller ceramic knife, but it slipped sideways and I grazed my cuticle.
    >> Not a big deal. No blood.
    >>
    >> So now I have another 5 pound block that I will need to cut up soon. I
    >> have been cutting them in cubes. Is there some other way to cut this
    >> besides a knife? I have Wusthoff knives (except for the ceramic one) and
    >> I once broke the blade off in a much smaller block of cheese. This was
    >> some years ago and the knife was less than a year old. That knife plus
    >> another have since been replaced by the company. They were still under
    >> warranty.
    >>
    >> I just don't want any more accidents. Is there some other way to cut
    >> cheese in cubes? Would dental floss work? Thanks!

    >
    > I have a Henckels cheese knife that works nicely. It is about eighteen
    > inches long, and has a handle on each end. They are great. I got it at a
    > yard sale for $10.


    Thanks! Henckels is probably out of my price range, unless I find one at a
    garage sale. But I will look for one.



  15. #15
    Julie Bove Guest

    Default Re: How to cut a 5 pound block of cheese?


    "Melba's Jammin'" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > In article <idrsnf$5m6$[email protected]>,
    > "Julie Bove" <[email protected]> wrote:
    >> I just don't want any more accidents. Is there some other way to cut
    >> cheese
    >> in cubes? Would dental floss work? Thanks!

    >
    > I think you need wire, not dental floss.


    Thanks. That's what I just ordered. I don't know why I forgot about those.
    I used to have one.



  16. #16
    Julie Bove Guest

    Default Re: How to cut a 5 pound block of cheese?


    "spamtrap1888" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]...
    On Dec 9, 5:52 pm, "Julie Bove" <julieb...@frontier.com> wrote:
    > "Jim Elbrecht" <elbre...@email.com> wrote in message


    > > Probably- guitar wire has been used. You can get stainless wire and a
    > > couple of bull rings at the hardware store pretty cheap.

    >
    > I just ordered a wire cutter from Instawares. It is hand held and made for
    > large blocks of cheese. I almost ordered the bamboo one and then realized
    > by looking at it that it probably was too small in scale for a large block
    > of cheese. I think this one will work.


    I have never had a wire cheese cutter that didn't break within a few
    days of use. You are very smart to get a commercial grade one. I think
    the household ones are meant to slice Velveeta.

    Thanks! Yeah... The ones I had in the past were bought probably at a
    grocery or drug store and they didn't hold up very well. They also cut thin
    slices of cheese.



  17. #17
    Catfood Chef Guest

    Default Re: How to cut a 5 pound block of cheese?

    On Dec 9, 7:56*pm, Jim Elbrecht <elbre...@email.com> wrote:
    > "Julie Bove" <julieb...@frontier.com> wrote:
    >
    > -snip-
    >
    >
    >
    > >So now I have another 5 pound block that I will need to cut up soon. *I have
    > >been cutting them in cubes. *Is there some other way to cut this besides a
    > >knife?

    >
    > I use a [sharp metal] knife- but I think if I was going to be cubing a
    > whole block at once I'd give one of the wire cutters a try- they
    > should give you a lot more control and you could get uniform cubes-http://www.amazon.com/Prodyne-126-B-Bamboo-Cheese-12-Inch/dp/B000I6147Y
    > $24
    >
    > >I have Wusthoff knives (except for the ceramic one) and I once broke
    > >the blade off in a much smaller block of cheese. *This was some years ago
    > >and the knife was less than a year old. *That knife plus another have since
    > >been replaced by the company. *They were still under warranty.

    >
    > >I just don't want any more accidents. *Is there some other way to cut cheese
    > >in cubes? *Would dental floss work? *Thanks!

    >
    > Probably- guitar wire has been used. *You can get stainless wire and a
    > couple of bull rings at the hardware store pretty cheap.
    >
    > Jim


    I never heard of guitar wire. but I have heard of guitar strings.Just
    find someone you know that plays guitar and ask them if they have any
    broken strings. Then hook the strings to two tuners and get another
    player to hold one guitar and you hold the other guitar. You both can
    play a set of Joes last imaginary guitar solo and cut the cheese.

  18. #18
    SelfCenteredSnob Guest

    Default Re: How to cut a 5 pound block of cheese?

    On Dec 9, 7:37*pm, "Julie Bove" <julieb...@frontier.com> wrote:
    > Costco has been out of Tillamoos. *If you don't know what those are, they
    > are single serve packets of Tillamook, medium cheddar cheese. *So I bought a
    > 5 pound block of the same cheese. *I had a heck of a time cutting it. *I
    > used a butcher knife.
    >
    > After that was all eaten, I bought a 2 1/2 pound block of the same cheeseat
    > a different store. *I thought this would be easier to cut. *I tried a
    > smaller ceramic knife, but it slipped sideways and I grazed my cuticle. *Not
    > a big deal. *No blood.
    >
    > So now I have another 5 pound block that I will need to cut up soon. *Ihave
    > been cutting them in cubes. *Is there some other way to cut this besides a
    > knife? *I have Wusthoff knives (except for the ceramic one) and I once broke
    > the blade off in a much smaller block of cheese. *This was some years ago
    > and the knife was less than a year old. *That knife plus another have since
    > been replaced by the company. *They were still under warranty.
    >
    > I just don't want any more accidents. *Is there some other way to cut cheese
    > in cubes? *Would dental floss work? *Thanks!


    I've read that a dull knife cuts cheese better than a sharp knife. I
    don't know if it's true. I just use whatever knife I have readily
    available. Never had problems. Perhaps you are not putting enough
    pressure on the knife? I don't cut the cheese; by that I mean that I
    don't move the knife back and forth. I just put the blade on the
    cheese(I'm right handed, I hold the knife in my right hand) and press
    down with my left hand, which is on the back of the knife.

  19. #19
    Mort Guest

    Default Re: How to cut a 5 pound block of cheese?

    Julie Bove wrote:

    > "Melba's Jammin'"<[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]..
    >> In article<idrsnf$5m6$[email protected]>,
    >> "Julie Bove"<[email protected]> wrote:
    >>> I just don't want any more accidents. Is there some other way to cut
    >>> cheese
    >>> in cubes? Would dental floss work? Thanks!

    >>
    >> I think you need wire, not dental floss.

    >
    > Thanks. That's what I just ordered. I don't know why I forgot about those.
    > I used to have one.
    >
    >


    Guitar string works also. Attach to two sticks and
    make a garrote type of thing.

    --
    Mort

  20. #20
    Julie Bove Guest

    Default Re: How to cut a 5 pound block of cheese?


    "Mort" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:idsfi3$ccs$[email protected]..
    > Julie Bove wrote:
    >
    >> "Melba's Jammin'"<[email protected]> wrote in message
    >> news:[email protected]..
    >>> In article<idrsnf$5m6$[email protected]>,
    >>> "Julie Bove"<[email protected]> wrote:
    >>>> I just don't want any more accidents. Is there some other way to cut
    >>>> cheese
    >>>> in cubes? Would dental floss work? Thanks!
    >>>
    >>> I think you need wire, not dental floss.

    >>
    >> Thanks. That's what I just ordered. I don't know why I forgot about
    >> those.
    >> I used to have one.
    >>
    >>

    >
    > Guitar string works also. Attach to two sticks and
    > make a garrote type of thing.


    They also sell such a thing but it looks like most places sell them in packs
    of 10 or 20. No longer have a guitar.



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