Basket cheese is an Arabic style semi-soft cheese made from vegetable rennet and pasteurized cow’s milk. Molded in elegant wicker-textured baskets, this cheese comes in circulars weighing 12-18 oz each. It is one of the top three Middle Eastern cheeses sold in the United States. Since, basket molds are individually crafted, it is difficult to mass produce the cheese.
Compared to fresh basket, dry basket has slightly salty taste. It tastes awesome with tomatoes, basil, pita breads and water wheel crackers. Some people prefer to relish the taste by eating it along with jam or honey at breakfast. Since the cheese doesn’t melt away easily, many Indian cuisines use it as a replacement for paneer. The old fashioned fruit and cheese platter also works wonders with Basket cheese. But remember to use within its six months refrigerated life.
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