Attention Cheese Lovers: Costco Is Now Selling a 72-Pound Wheel of Parmigiano-Reggiano for $900

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Costco

Costco is the place to go if you have a car with ample trunk space and an afternoon to kill. The big box chain sells groceries, toiletries, and general home supplies in bulk at competitive prices. As Delish reports, the latest super-sized offering from the retailer is a 72-pound wheel of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.

The tire-sized cheese wheel looks more like something you'd find in an Italian food market than at an outlet store. At $900, it costs significantly more than most items in Costco's grocery section, but for that price, you're getting the real deal. The cheese is made from fresh milk from the Parma and Reggio Emilio provinces of Italy and aged for a minimum of 24 months. Once it's approved by the Consortium Parmigiano Reggiano—the group that enforces standards for the cheese—it's exported from Italy. The cheese wheel takes two to three days to ship, and only ships on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays.

As for what to do with the pungent monstrosity once it arrives, Costco's reviewers have a few suggestions. "Bought this as a surprise for my son's wedding reception (he is a fiend for the stuff)," one buyer wrote. "Afterwards, guests were pleased to take home a wedge as a party favor of sorts." Another reviewer was satisfied after buying the product "so we could have a flaming wheel of cheese for Christmas Eve dinner." Of course, if it doesn't take you long to work through 72 pounds of cheese on your own, nothing's stopping you from purchasing it as a gift for yourself.

Costco may be more famous for its $1.50 hot dog and soda combo than its cheese selection, but the brand may be working to change that. Recently, it released a fancy, prepackaged cheese flight for $20.

[h/t Delish]

What's the Difference Between Stuffing and Dressing?

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For carbohydrate lovers, nothing completes a Thanksgiving meal quite like stuffing—shovelfuls of bread, celery, mushrooms, and other ingredients that complement all of that turkey protein.

Some people don’t say stuffing, though. They say dressing. In these calamitous times, knowing how to properly refer to the giant glob of insulin-spiking bread seems necessary. So what's the difference?

Let’s dismiss one theory off the bat: Dressing and stuffing do not correlate with how the side dish is prepared. A turkey can be stuffed with dressing, and stuffing can be served in a casserole dish. Whether it’s ever seen the inside of a bird is irrelevant, and anyone who tells you otherwise is wrong and should be met with suspicion, if not outright derision.

The terms are actually separated due to regional dialects. Dressing seems to be the favored descriptor for southern states like Mississippi, Tennessee, South Carolina, and Georgia, while stuffing is preferred by Maine, New York, and other northern areas. (Some parts of Pennsylvania call it filling, which is a bit too on the nose, but to each their own.)

If stuffing stemmed from the common practice of filling a turkey with carbs, why the division? According to HuffPost, it may have been because Southerners considered the word stuffing impolite, and therefore never embraced it.

While you should experience no material difference in asking for stuffing or dressing, when visiting relatives it might be helpful to keep to their regionally-preferred word to avoid confusion. Enjoy stuffing yourselves.

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The Reason You Should Never Rinse a Turkey

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There are many misconceptions surrounding your Thanksgiving turkey, but none is more dangerous than the turkey-washing myth. Raw poultry can contain dangerous microbes like Salmonella, and it's not uncommon for home cooks to rinse their meat under cool water in an effort to wash away these pathogens. The intention may be admirable, but this is a worse turkey sin than overcooking your bird or carving it before letting it rest. According to AOL, rinsing a raw turkey with water is more likely to make you and your dinner guests sick than not cleaning it at all.

When you wash a turkey in the sink, there's no guarantee that all of the nasty stuff on the outside of it is going down the drain. In fact, the only thing rinsing does is spread potentially harmful microbes around. In addition to getting bacteria on you hands and clothes, rinsing can contaminate countertops, sink handles, and even the surrounding air.

There are three main ways to lower your chances of contracting Salmonella when dealing with raw turkey: Thaw your bird in the fridge, minimize contact with it before it goes into the oven, and give it plenty of time to cook once it's in there. For the second part, that means setting aside time to pat your turkey dry, remove the excess fat and skin, and season it without handling anything else. To reduce the risk of cross-contamination, wash your hands frequently and wash the plates, knives, and other tools that touched the turkey before using them again. You should also cook your stuffing outside the turkey rather than shoving it inside the cavity and creating a Salmonella bomb.

Once the safety aspect is taken care of, you can focus on making your turkey taste as delicious as possible. Here are some tips from professional chefs on making your starring dish shine this Thanksgiving.

[h/t AOL]

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