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Does Parmesan Cheese Melt?

One characteristic that sets Parmesan cheese apart from other varieties of cheese is its relationship with melting.

When heated, Parmesan cheese melts into a smooth and creamy texture, making it perfect for gratins, pasta dishes, and toppings. But there is a catch.

Its lower moisture content prevents it from melting into a gooey mass when heated directly; instead, it tends to crisp up and brown. This makes it perfect as a topping or garnish added to food that retains enough residual heat to gently melt the cheese without browning it.

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