Last week we did fruit prices. Today, cheese!
I wish I wasn't such a cheese-dependent American, because dang, that stuff is expensive here. I think we eat less of it now than when we lived in the US, but it still gets me every time I shell out seven bucks for 8 ounces of parmesan.
What else is on offer in the cheese aisle at Carrefour in the UAE?
Here's the story on Pepper Jack. I have only ever seen it at the Mirdif Carrefour. That's it. Spinney's doesn't even seem to carry it, at least not that I've noticed. An 8-ounce bar usually costs $4, which is prohibitive for us. But if I am diligent about checking, I can find almost-expired bars bundled in twos as you see above, selling for $4 total (half off). Today I bought four bundles of two and put the extra in my freezer. It's a bountiful Pepper Jack harvest!
Don't get your hopes up about anything more exciting than cheddar and pepper jack. Every once in a while I see something like Monterey Jack, or Colby, but that's about it. I have seen ricotta cheese on occasion, but never cottage cheese, which I don't think is a real cheese, but I wanted to mention it because man, I miss that stuff.
What about local cheese? Well, we love Haloumi but it's not super cheap either - maybe $4/lb? Cream cheese is also very popular over here, in jars and in tubs, so sometimes we get that.
There are plenty of European cheeses available (Gouda, Edam, etc.), but since they aren't any cheaper than the American stuff (and since, uh, I like the American stuff better), I don't worry about them.
Anyway, hooray for almost-expired cheese! The end.