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Queso blanco (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈkeso ˈβlaŋko]), literally white cheese in Spanish, can refer to many different kind of cheeses whose only common trait is their white color. The specific cheese referred to depends on the region.
Depending on the country, queso blanco can refer to different cheeses. Below are some examples.
In the Dominican Republic queso blanco is a firm, salty cheese used for frying.
Queso blanco is considered one of the easier cheeses to make, as it requires no careful handling and does not call for rennet or a bacterial culture. It is usually made by heating whole fresh milk to near-boiling, adding an acidifying agent such as vinegar, stirring until curds form, then draining the curds in cheesecloth for three to five hours. Such cheeses are also known as "bag cheeses", as the curds are normally hung in a bag of cheesecloth to drain. Many Mexican home cooks make their own instead of purchasing it; when made for the evening meal, it is often prepared in early afternoon and left to drain until evening. As it is highly perishable, it must be refrigerated or used immediately once the whey has drained out.
Queso blanco is traditionally made from cow's milk, whereas queso fresco may be made from a combination of cow's and goat's milk. Some versions of these cheeses, such as Oaxaca cheese, melt well when heated, but most only soften.
Queso blanco and queso fresco may be eaten straight or mixed in with dishes. They make a creamy addition to recipes. They are often used as a topping for spicy Mexican dishes such as enchiladas and empanadas, or crumbled over soups or salads. Meltable versions are used to make quesadillas. It is used to make cheesecake in some parts of the world, such as the United States. In Peruvian cuisine, several recipes mix queso fresco and spices to make a spicy cold sauce eaten over peeled boiled potatoes, such as papa a la Huancaína or ocopa.
In Nicaragua queso blanco is a firm cheese used for frying.
The following are some equivalent terms in other languages or terms related to queso blanco.
- In Brazil queso blanco is called queijo branco (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈkejʒu ˈbɾɐ̃ku])
- In some countries the cheese referred to as queso blanco is used for frying to make Queso Frito (literally, "fried cheese").
The following is a list of cheese names that may refer to what in Spanish may be considered queso blanco. In other words, any of the cheeses below might be called queso blanco in the Spanish-speaking world or considered similar to any one of its indigenous varieties.
- Indian paneer
- less acidic
- quark (or tvorog) from Central and Eastern Europe?
- Queso fresco (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈkeso ˈfɾesko]), is a creamy, soft, and mild unaged white cheese, commonly used in the Iberian Peninsula, several Latin American countries including Mexico, and many parts of the United States. In Portuguese it is called queijo fresco (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈkeijʒu ˈfɾeʃku]).