Cut the cheese! It’s National Cheese Lover’s Day

Just when you feel like Winter Quarter is bogging you down, an amazing thing happens. That amazing thing is cheese.

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Did you know?

Nobody really knows the origin of cheese

According to the International Dairy Foods Association, the cheese dates back to 4000 years. The only origin is a legend of how it was made.

“According to an ancient legend, it was made accidentally by an Arabian merchant who put his supply of milk into a pouch made from a sheep’s stomach, as he set out on a day’s journey across the desert. The rennet in the lining of the pouch, combined with the heat of the sun, caused the milk to separate into curd and whey. That night he found that the whey satisfied his thirst, and the cheese (curd) had a delightful flavor which satisfied his hunger.”

The first cheese factory in the US was in Oneida, New York.

This was in 1851.  Peruvian_cheese_open_air_market.jpg

1/3 of the milk produced in the US is used for cheese

Thank you farmers!

 

The most popular cheese in the world is MozzarellaMozzarella.jpg

The most popular cheese recipe is macaroni and cheese8401086278_5da2fc999e_o (2).jpg

That’s not surprising

 

There is a database of 1,777 different cheeses at Cheese.com

Complete with fun facts of the day, a Twitter feed, and serving tips

 

The Smithsonian created a map celebrating cheese found around the world

Their tagline: “This sharp interactive will make you feel gouda all over”

 

Cheese is most flavorful at room temperature

Wait 30 minutes before servingBrie_de_Meaux.jpg

 

Approximately 10 pounds of milk makes 1 pound of cheeseMilk_Vat.jpg

That’s a lot of milk!

But at least it gives us the simple pleasures of cheese and crackers, burgers, grilled cheese, and so much more!

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Now go take a study break and get some cheese or some other item of indulgence

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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