Almost everybody likes cheese, it is one of the most popular and consumed foodstuffs. It is surprising that more than 4000 years ago, our ancestors managed to create this delicacy from milk, which can be used in any occasion, from snacking, in pizzas or sandwiches, to big feasts and fine gourmet dining.
If you love cheese, you will probably know some of this data.
Continue reading because some of them will surprise you for sure.
- There are no exact data about its origin but it is believed that it was around the year 6000 BC in Mesopotamia.
- There are more than 2000 cheese varieties and the most consumed one is Mozzarella.
- The production of cheese at a global level is increasing and it already overcomes the joint production of coffee, tea, tobacco and cocoa.
- Eating cheese in a moderate way is a great source of proteins, calcium and phosphorus.
- Cheeses are not just made from goat, sheep or cow’s milk; for some varieties and depending on the country, people also use buffalo, donkey, horse and even moose and camel’s milk.
- Around 5 liters of milk are needed to prepare half a kilo of cheese.
- The most expensive cheese in the world is made from donkey’s milk from the Balkans and it costs 1000 euro per kilo.
- According to statistic studies, around 8 kg of cheese are consumed every year per person.
- Where to keep it? In the fridge or out of it? If the cheese does not indicates a specific conservation, it is better to keep it in the fridge and to cover just the part of the cut to leave it breath in the part of the rind. The ideal thing is to take it out of the fridge an hour before in order to eat it at a room temperature.
- A cured or aged cheese need not be better than a fresh or soft one; each cheese has its optimum point of maturity, choose the one that you prefer.
- Can we eat the rind? Many times it is possible to know the kind of cheese thanks to the rind, so it is usually served with it. You can eat the rind if it is natural; if you scrape it with a fingernail and you can remove a paint film, then it is artificial.
- An expensive cheese need not be better. What defines the price most of the times is the curing period.
- Some cheeses’ mould is edible as in the case of Roquefort, in which the mould takes part in the curing process. If a cheese does not have mould and then it appears, it is better to remove that part.
- Cheese does not smell like feet! Bad odor does not mean that the flavor is bad. Do not leave without trying it just because the smell is not good unless it smells like ammonia.
- You can eat it with your hand. That is what experts recommend.
- I don’t like cheese! Saying that is to generalize too much since there are cheeses with so many flavors that it is not possible that you don’t like any of them. You should guess what is what you don’t like: If you don’t like milk you can try more cured cheeses; if you like yogurt you will probably prefer fermented cheeses of an acid flavor; If what you don’t like is goat smell, you could try a cow cheese; if you can’t stand creamy textures, maybe you will like drier cheese, etc.