Get ready to 'havarti' a 'gouda' time, because it's National Cheese Day!
It’s not just hard, melty cheeses that do all the work. A fluffy ricotta can make zucchini rolls brilliant and a crumbly-fresh feta can make almost any salad sing.
There is a huge variety to cheese, across cultures making it a perfect accompaniment to any dish! So, the next time you go to the store, make sure to expand beyond the simple mozzarella and cheddar. If you like strong tastes, pick up a blue cheese or a brie but if you like to stay mild, branch out with a fontina or a ricotta.
There are several different ways cheese can be made
* AGED FRESH CHEESE
* SOFT WHITE RIND
Since cheese making is a process, nobody really knows exactly when cheese was invented. While historians believe that humans began domesticating milk producing about 10,000 years ago, all that’s really known about early cheese making is that cheese was made in Egypt and Greece for thousands of years. Some historians believe that cheese-making may have been discovered accidentally when sheep herders stored milk in the stomach of an animal. This would have caused the enzyme found in the stomach of ruminant animals to coagulate the milk. The milk would have then separated into curds and whey. However, this is only a theory.
Fortunately, the entire history of cheese-making isn’t obscured, only its roots. Historians do know that by the time of the Roman Empire, cheese-making had become a widespread practice throughout most of Europe and the Middle East. There were hundreds of different types of cheese available to Ancient Romans and these cheeses were traded all over the Empire.
Today, many of the types of cheese that were made back then aren’t consumed by humans on a widespread basis anymore. In fact, most of the cheese we enjoy today only go back about 500 years or so. Fortunately, what we do have is a large variety of different cheeses to choose from – approximately 1,400 cheeses exist in the world today.
An encyclopedia of cheese will cover the alphabet and broaden your vocabulary. It will undoubtedly contain more varieties of cheese than what’s found at the local grocer. The milk can come from cows, buffalo, goats, or sheep. Temperature and aging affect the flavor and texture of the cheese, as well as spices and other seasonings added during the process.
Excellent as a snack on its own, cheese is also a perfect ingredient in pasta, soups, souffle, and many other recipes. We put it on a sandwiches, but why stop there when it can be grilled.
A few of our favorites cheeses:
What kind of cheese do you like? Write us! We would love to know and get new ideas for recipes.