Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Marinated Feta

Everytime we buy feta for our Greek salads, we get those that come in 1 kilogram (2.2 pounds) tubs. Volume works out a cheaper price per pound. But then, 1 kilogram of feta is a lot of cheese for our not-really-cheese-eating diets. Of course, throwing out and wasting the rest of the cheese is out of the question.

After Greek salad, it is a race against time to find other applications for our remaining feta cheese. Sometimes we'll make more Greek salad or use it with watermelon. Or, we add it to the odd pasta dish or two. Sometimes when pressed for ideas, we'll even go beyond Greek cuisine and have used feta to top our chicken tortilla soup.

For this last tub of feta, we've decided to put more pretty Mason jars to good use. We cut up the feta into smaller cubes, stuffed some garden mint, thyme and oregano into the jar, and topped everything off with our Greek extra virgin olive oil.

There it is, so pretty.



We've taken care of the feta and hope the marination of it will extend its shelf life. Solved one problem, that is. But there emerges another problem. Everytime we open our fridge, we see our pretty jar of marinated feta.

Hence the question, "What are we going to do with our marinated feta?"

It turns out that a problem deferred is still a problem.

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"Greek" Calamari
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Greek Meatball Soup (Giouvarlakia)
Marinated Feta
Greek Shrimp with Feta
Greek Ribs with Tzatziki
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Spanakorizo (Greek Spinach Rice)
Zucchini Ribbons Salad with Anchovy Dressing
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Tomato Bread Salad, Greek-style
Grilled Fish Fillet on Oregano
Pastéli (Greek Sesame Snaps)


  1. I can't wait to see what both of you going to do with this Feta cheese!

  2. Marinated feta can still be used in salads or enjoy it on it's own.

    As for the shelf life, buy what you need from a Greek shop and ask for them to also give you some brine so that you can keep and store it in your fridge without worrying about it's longevity.

  3. Awesome. Can't wait to see the results :)
    You know, we only get marinated feta here, haha :) Nobody wants to sell it in big blocks!

  4. I would just look at it... pretty enough :D but cheese!!!! He, he maybe when I grow up I learn to like it ;D

  5. Hmph - so what's interesting is that I've never had marinated feta. I mean, now that I'm thinking about it - it only makes sense. We marinate fish - and shrimp - and poultry - and beef...why not cheese? Hmmm - such a clever idea!


  6. Why not a creamy feta, sundried tomato and garlic dip?

    Or feta stuffed backed chicken?

  7. I like marinated cheese just as a snack with a cracker or bread

  8. I'm also waiting to see what you will be doing with it ;p

  9. I'm sure you'll find plenty of uses for your marinated feta. It will be great in dips, with crackers, on salads, stuffing chicken breasts....

  10. How ironic, I just bought a hunk of Feta and was wondering what I should do with it...thank you.

  11. i might just gobble down the marinated feta as is ^_^

  12. Oh, and my feta spinach lasagna. Or spanakopita.

  13. On pizzas! In quiches! On my ratatouille bake! Or just as part of a meze platter. Marinated feta is one of life's great joys :)

  14. Beachlover:
    Wait no longer! It's Greek Shrimp with Feta. =)

    Peter M:
    OK, we'll do that, re brine... then if we get afraid, we can marinate. =) Thanks for the tip!

    Haha... I guess there isn't much feta usage in the Phil? =)

    Haha, we're not really cheese people. But feta is good! =D

    Fearless Kitchen:
    Thanks! All good ideas.

    noble pig:
    Welcome. Olive oil prolongs the life of everthing.

    Mochachocolata Rita:
    Yes, that is also possible. Although, it was a really big block. ;)

    Wandering Chopsticks:
    Oh yeah! I saw those before!

  15. oh - how these are the good problems to have in life....

  16. as a big cheese lover, I say just eat it straight out of the fridge...

  17. as a big cheese lover, I say just eat it straight out of the fridge...


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