Cheese Is Too Expensive!

And it’s making me very angry!

(And hungry, because that happens whenever I talk about cheese! And why am I still talking in brackets?)


The question is: why is cheese so expensive in Quebec?

There are 2 reasons: 1) government subsidies to dairy farmers and 2) super high tariffs on imported cheese.

But, I’m not here to give you a lesson in international trade and our local cheese cartel. I’m here to give some examples.

Look at this pathetic slab of Jarlsberg. Fine, its an imported cheese. I get that. But $4.70 for this measly slice?

slice of jarlsberg

And if you look closely…what? $37.60 a kilo? In U.S. dollars that comes out to somewhere between getting beatdown in an alley and wallet rape.

light jarlsberg cheeseHow about this for being taken advantage of? Oka cheese. Locally made. And at over $41 a kilo, it’s more expensive than the imported crap! Fuck you, whoever’s responsible for this bullshit.wedge of oka cheese

Finally, this is the reason why I buy my cheese tortellini in bulk. Ridiculous packaging scams. This package of cheese tortellini costs more than $6 and contains 3 to 4 servings. The only problem is…it doesn’t! And I really hate packaging that lies to you!

Put it this way. 350 grams is about 2.5 cups. That means that, divided in 4. each serving is 5oz. Basically like, 5 precious tortellinis per person…which is nothing! Marketing people suck (not you Nicky, just the marketing people in the food industry). I’m serious. 5oz hasn’t been a serving since I was a fetus.

small portion of tortellini


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  • I hope food prices come down soon, if only because I worry about what eating angry’s doing to your digestion.

  • And then if you have to buy gas in Montreal in order to drive to the grocery store…hell, you’ll soon be standing on a street corner with you hand out mumbling “spare change?”.

  • I have no idea how that compares to the price of cheese here.  I will try to figure that out the next time I shop. Sorry to say, I am ONE OF THOSE kinds of shoppers that buy what I want and then bitch about how my bill could have been THAT MUCH!  

    I was just watching a news program this morning about how some family is trying to be all self sufficient and have a goat now for their milk and cheese.  How much does a goat cost??? And it could be a companion to your cat.  Win win

  • *trying really really hard to give a crap about how expensive yucky cheese is*

    I’m sorry, Mike. I tried. I really did.

    You should post more pictures of your cat.

  • Mikewj

    I feel so poor when I’m standing in the cheese aisle, sampling things I will never be able to afford unless I hit the lottery, or become a successful meth dealer or banker. Life sucks.

  • Mikewj

    Please don’t encourage him.

  • mikewjattoomanymornings

    Have you considered cat cheese? That might be the only good reason I can come up with to own a cat. I don’t know how you milk them, but there must be a way.

  • mikewjattoomanymornings

    Or spare cheese.

  • mikewjattoomanymornings

    Mike does seem a bit angry here. I’m worried he might lost it one evening and experience ” sudden cheese rage,” the grocery store’s equivalent of road rage. People who get it sometimes throw perfectly edible blocks of emmanthaler or gouda at the other shoppers, causing cart pileups in Aisle 4.  It’s ugly.

  • Lindamedrano

    You tell them, Mike!  That’s ridiculous!  How are you supposed to keep yourself nourished with prices that high?  It may be that expensive here too, but I haven’t noticed.  I’m going to look next time, and if it’s cheaper here, I’ll mail you some.  We’ll just have to make sure it’s the aged kind.  (I’d hate to poison you trying to feed you.)

  • Lindamedrano

     No he won’t.  He will come and live with me and Alex and we won’t tell anyone he’s an illegal alien.

  • My next job’s going to be as a marketing manager in the food industry. 🙂

  •  Too late. Consider me encouraged 🙂

  • If it is, maybe you can use your sphere of influence to lower the price and dismantle the cartel.

  • mikewjattoomanymornings


  •  It gone be awesome.

  • I guess I would give up cheese (god forbid) if it came to trying to milk a cat.  I love my little pets….at a distance and when they aren’t trying to scratch me to death.

    I looked at the price of cheese today when I went to the supermarket.  Yikes, I would have to sell body parts if I were going have a lot of cheese in my diet.  The cheap stuff is $8.50 a pound on up to about $15.00 a pound.  I was better off not knowing the price and bitching about how much I spend on groceries.

  • It’ll be fine. I once mailed a block of marbled cheddar to a girl in the midwest and she lived. Although we did stop speaking…

  • Well Dobson’s a male so we’re not going there.

  • Argh. So it’s everywhere, huh? I’m going to have to take a drive down to Vermont and see what the story is. It can’t be worse than here.

  • mikewjattoomanymornings

    It’s going to be more cats. On the Internet.

  • mikewjattoomanymornings

    Oh, that does put a damper on things, doesn’t it? Yuck.

  •  I suspect that both successful and unsuccessful meth dealers look exactly the same.

  •  Male or not, it was already yuck.

  • mikewjattoomanymornings

    The truly successful ones don’t sample their own product, Mike.

  • mikewjattoomanymornings

    Why? Why is cheese from cows or goats or sheep acceptable when cheese from cats isn’t? Have you ever tried cat cheese? I haven’t, but it might just be that it’s the finest cheese in all the world. I mean, assuming you can keep the hair out of it.

  • It gone be just that.

  • Without having tried it, I’m pretty sure that cat cheese sucks.

    I think the rule is, if we eat the animal, we’ll make cheese from it. So, like, who the fuck eats cats?

    Do not answer that.

  • mikewjattoomanymornings

    Well, many people — if you consider the French people — eat horse. But we don’t eat horse cheese. And why not? Similarly, it’s estimated some 4 million cats are eaten every year in China. I think cat would be best served barbequed. Or barbecued. I can never decide. With a side plate of cat cheese and a little catnip.

  • mikewjattoomanymornings

    What’s the matter, Mike? Cat got your tongue?

  • Have you been watching Breaking Bad again?

  • Well I went out, ok? I had a thing.

    But yeah, I told you not to answer that and you did anyway. Now I’m going to make supper and try not to think about how nice and plump Dobson has gotten over the last month or so.

  • So… maybe it took her a while to die?

  • I’m seriously contemplating coming back as a cow in my next life so I can make my own stinkin’ cheese, but I refuse to return as a gas pump. I don’t care how high the prices go! Sorry cheese is too expensive, but love the photos and commentary and of course the hilarious string of comments. 

  • “that comes out to somewhere between getting beatdown in an alley and wallet rape.”

    You are definitely getting ripped off. WOW.

  • Thanks Annie, cheese prices really are getting out of control. Much like the comment thread 🙂

  • Seriously. With these prices it’s becoming harder and harder to remain the cheese fiend that I am.

  • Thank you Canada’s protectionist tariffs…. sigh. 

  • Jimmer

    Oh man do I have the same beef. As someone who spends a lot of time in the U.S I am blown away by the difference in price in cheese in Canada. In the U.S. Jarlsberg averages anywhere from $6.99 – $10.99 a pound. That’s about a third to half of the price as here. There I buy a whole slab for 7 bucks. Here you get a teeny weeny little sliver for the same price. Once again Cdns getting screwed by our own government.

  • They suck!

  • It’s insane. The whole thing about Oka cheese makes me so mad. It’s LOCAL and 41$ a kilo. Criminal.

  • Vonnie

    I too feel the price of Canadian cheese is far too high and gouging people who live a guilt trip if they don’t buy Canadian. It’s ok to buy Canadian if prices are comparable. However, when Canadian cheese cost more than imported European, I feel no guilt in buying Eoropean. Canadian cheesemakers are taking advantage of Canadians’ patriotism and guilt in buying Canadian cheese. And cheese is not the only product that is overpriced in the name of guilt. It’s time for more competition.

  • Welcome, Vonnie. You know, considering this post is a year and a half old, the prices that I was quoting for local cheese are actually lower than what they are today, so the situation appears to have deteriorated further.


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