Many people think that real Parm, the authentic Parmesan cheese - I'm talking about the real deal from Parma, Italy - is such an extravagance that they can't possibly afford it. I was the same way! While I had graduated from the shaker can cheese (who knows what's actually in there or how long it's been in a warehouse!?!), I was still buying the grocery store brand of Parmesan cheese. I thought it was a reasonable compromise given the amount of Parmesan I go through weekly.
Then I saw this video from Chef John from Foodwishes.com and it changed my tune. Take a look and decide for yourself if you can upgrade to the real deal for your next pasta dish. Buon appetito!
See that brand on the side of the cheese rind? That the mark that identifies authentic Parmesan cheese. Like a fine regional wine, real Parmegiano Regianno cheese is highly regulated. Want to learn more? Check out this documentary-style article and video on How Parmegiano Regianno Cheese is made - once you know the process, you'll truly appreciate the value!
OK, now that you know to buy the authentic Parmegiano Regiano, learn how to store it so it lasts!