What is a Substitute for Cheese? Mascarpone Substitute?
Do you need a mascarpone substitute
or want the best substitute for cream cheese
Or, maybe you’ve run out of parmesan, cheddar, romano and need a substitute? There are so many different kinds of cheeses each with their own distinct flavor, but since the shelf life of cheese
can be rather short, it’s good to know what cheeses you can substitute for the other one when needed.
So, use this table to substitute for mascarpone, find a ricotta substitute for your lasagna recipe or a cream cheese substitute for your cheesecake recipe.
Table of Cheese Substitutes (Including a Mascarpone Substitute):
|Mascarpone Substitute||Equal||Blend 1 package softened Cream Cheese +plus 1/2 Cup Sour Cream +plus 1/4 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream until smooth.|
|Parmesan substitute||Equal||Asiago Cheese *OR* Romano Cheese|
|Romano substitute||Equal||Asiago Cheese *OR* Parmesan Cheese|
|Neufchatel Cheese substitute||Equal||Cream Cheese|
|Ricotta substitute||Equal||Cottage Cheese – small curd|
|Fontina substitute||Equal||Provolone *OR* Brick *OR* Muenster|
|Goat Cheese substitute||Equal||Feta Cheese|
|Feta Cheese substitute||Equal||Goat Cheese|
|Gruyere substitute||Equal||Fontina Cheese *OR* Jarlsburg or another “Swiss” Cheese *OR* Comte|
|Farmer’s Cheese substitute||Equal||Cottage Cheese, drained well|
|Cream Cheese substitute||Equal||Cottage Cheese, drained well, pressed and then whipped|
|*OR* Equal parts drained cottage cheese and plain yogurt whipped|
But remember, when making substitutions results can vary according to your taste buds.
Some cheese substitutes may alter slightly the taste, texture, weight, or moisture content of the finished product. For instance asiago cheese has a slightly stronger taste than parmesan cheese, although the look and grating qualities of the cheese are identical making an asiago cheese or a romano cheese a great substitute for parmesan cheese.
How to Decide Which Substitute for Cheese to Use
It’s how the cheese responds to heat that is often the most important thing when substituting cheese in your recipe. For instance, if you substitute mozzarella cheese on pizza with a drier cheese that does not melt well your bite of pizza becomes a whole different experience. And you probably would not want to put a mascarpone substitute on your pizza either because of the sweet flavor of mascarpone!
These recommendations are meant to save you a trip to the store during your cooking process.
Please note that some alternatives may not be appropriate for your specific recipe.
For instance, a cottage cheese option for a cream cheese substitute would not make a very good cheesecake but the Neufchatel Cheese substitute for cream cheese would work great for any recipe, especially cheesecake.
To find out if you can freeze your cheese, check out our FAQ on can you freeze cheese.
To check the shelf life of cheese, check our page on how long does cheese last.
To find out how long other ingredients are good for, please visit the Dairy, Drinks, Fruits, Grains, Proteins, Vegetables and Other sections of Eat By Date or search below.
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