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

Costco
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]

General Mills Is Recalling More Than 600,000 Pounds of Gold Medal Flour Over E. Coli Risk

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The FDA recently shared news of a 2019 product recall that could impact home bakers. As CNN reports, General Mills is voluntarily recalling 600,000 pounds of its Gold Medal Unbleached All-Purpose Flour due to a possible E. coli contamination.

The decision to pull the flour from shelves was made after a routine test of the 5-pound bags. According to a company statement, "the potential presence of E. coli O26" was found in the sample, and even though no illnesses have been connected to Gold Medal flour, General Mills is recalling it to be safe.

Escherichia coli O26 is a dangerous strain of the E. coli bacterium that's often spread through commercially processed foods. Symptoms include abdominal cramps and diarrhea. Most patients recover within a week, but in people with vulnerable immune systems like young children and seniors, the complications can be deadly.

To avoid the potentially contaminated batch, look for Gold Medal flour bags with a "better if used by" date of September 6, 2020 and the package UPC 016000 196100. All other products sold under the Gold Medal label are safe to consume.

Whether or not the flour in your pantry is affected, the recall is a good reminder that consuming raw flour can be just as harmful as eating raw eggs. So when you're baking cookies, resist having a taste until after they come out of the oven—or indulge in one of the many edible cookie dough products on the market instead.

[h/t CNN]

The World's Spiciest Chip Is Sold Only One to a Customer

Paqui
Paqui

If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to get pepper-sprayed directly in your mouth, Paqui Chips has something you can’t afford to miss. Following the success of their Carolina Reaper Madness One Chip Challenges back in 2016 and 2017, Food & Wine reports that the company has re-released the sadistic snack. Continuing their part-marketing gimmick, part-public safety effort, the Reaper chip won’t be sold in bags. You just get one chip.

That’s because Paqui dusts its chips with the Carolina Reaper Pepper, considered the world’s hottest, and most (attempted) consumers of the chip report being unable to finish even one. To drive home the point of how hot this chip is—it’s really, extremely, punishingly hot—the chip is sold in a tiny coffin-shaped box

Peppers like the Carolina Reaper are loaded with capsaicin, a compound that triggers messages of heat and pain and fiery consumption; your body can respond by vomiting or having shortness of breath. While eating the chip is not the same as consuming the bare, whole pepper, it’s still going to be a very uncomfortable experience. For a profanity-filled example, you can check out this video:

The chip will be sold only on Paqui’s website for $6.99 per chip or $59.90 for a 10-pack. The company also encourages pepper aficionados to upload photos or video of their attempts to finish the chip. If it becomes too much, try eating yogurt, honey, or milk to dampen the effects.

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