Kraft Grated Parmesan Cheese Review

The label on this Kraft brand of grated cheese says that they use only 100% Parmesan grated cheese. We believe that means that for the cheese component (not the only ingredient in here) is a hundred percent Parmesan cheese. However, note that this product in whole, is not a hundred percent cheese. See below for the mention of added cellulose and preservatives. Nonetheless, whatever they put into it tastes quite good as a mild yet definitely Italian seasoning for many dishes.

We’ve kept Kraft Grated Parmesan Cheese and other similar products around our kitchen for a few tens of years now. So we’ve eaten many jars of this Kraft grated Parmesan cheese. Thus, we have a good idea of what products like this should taste like.   This one definitely tastes as it should.  It’s delicious to the point that our oat meal, spaghetti, and even steamed vegetables taste bland and empty without it. This cheese works well on many hot dishes, and it tastes particularly good on bean and lentil soups.  Give it a try.


Benefits, Pros, Advantages, and Features

  • At roughly $3.50 per 8-ounce jar, Kraft Parmesan cheese is  a reasonably-priced yet tasty flavoring.
  • The jar comes with a sprinkle-or-dump top that makes dishing out the Parmesan cheese quite simple.
  • It’s a 100-percent pure product (minus the added cellulose to prevent caking, and the potassium sorbate to protect the flavor).
  • Kraft Grated Parmesan Cheese contains 20 calories per tablespoon; which is a typical amount for grated Parmesan cheese products in general.
  • This Kraft product keeps for many months on the shelf (or in the refrigerator once you open it) Keeping it cool, dry, and closed is key. It’s great to stock pile.
  • While despite the added cellulose, I’ve observed some caking of this product, the clumps that form can easily be broken up by lightly pounding the jar against a counter or other hard surface.
  • This Parmesan cheese product actually melts and becomes a bit stringy when sprinkled over pasta and any hot dish actually.
  • Since this cheese product is the Kraft brand, it’s widely available at most any grocery store big or small.


Disadvantages, Cons, Problems, and Concerns

  • Be aware that this cheese product contains 75 MG of sodium per 2-teaspoon serving, which can add up to several hundred milligrams when you add enough to take on a large plate of spaghetti shells. So those watching blood pressure should consume this Parmesan cheese product with restraint.
  • Indeed, this food has some additives that I wish it did not (like the preservatives and the salt). However, the list of ingredients is short (only six ingredients, including milk, cheese cultures, salt, enzymes, powdered cellulose, and potassium sorbate). So it does not appear to be overly processed beyond the typical processing required to make milk into Parmesan cheese.


Our Rating

Over all, we find this Kraft 100% Parmesan Grated Cheese a truly excellent tasting sprinkle, and would recommend that you incorporate it permanently into your pantry. Nothing like it for cheesing up a plate of spaghetti, steamer full of broccoli, or piping bowl of oat meal.  So we’d rate it at 92 out of 100.


Where To Buy Kraft Grated Parmesan Cheese

Look for it at your favorite large or tiny grocer, in the clear plastic jar with the green label that has the green and yellow letters and a matching deep green cap on top.




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  • 2012-04-21: Originally published.