Indulge in a delectable journey through the world of cheese with Facts About Cheese. Uncover a rich assortment of fascinating information about this beloved culinary delight. From the origins of different cheese varieties to the intricate processes of cheesemaking, explore the diverse flavors, textures, and traditions that make cheese a global sensation.
In these facts you may discover the secrets behind cheese’s ancient heritage, its role in various cultures, and the incredible craftsmanship behind its production. So get excited and prepare yourself to be delighted and inspired by the captivating world of cheese!
Best Facts About Cheese
- On average, 10 pounds of milk are needed to make 1 pound of cheese.
- 10 million metric tons of cheese are made across the world every year.
- The world’s biggest cheddar cheese ever made was 32 feet long, weighed 57,518 pounds, used 540,000 pounds of milk, and was made in Canada.
- The U.S. consumes enough cheese to average 34 pounds per person, which comes out to over 1 ton of cheese in the average lifetime.
- The people of France consume the most cheese in the world, averaging 57 pounds per person.
- Fresh cheese curds “squeak” when you eat them because elastic protein in the cheese rubs against your teeth enamel.
- Edam cheese is a type of cheese that can’t go bad. It just hardens over time.
- The holes in swiss cheese are made from fermentation that occurs as it is made.
- The Elk House in Sweden is the only producer in the world of Moose Cheese, a rare white-mold cheese made from Moose milk that costs as much as $500 a pound.
- The world’s most dangerous cheese is the Sardinian sheep milk cheese Casu martzu, a cheese delicacy that must be eaten fresh due to containing live maggots.
- June is National Dairy Month.
- No one knows exactly when cheese was made! Cheese pre-dates the written word.
- Archaeologists have found evidence that cheese was made using cow and goat milk at least as far back as 6,000 B.C. in Mesopotamia.
- The largest cheese sculpture in the world weighs 1,524 pounds.
- Hay is what is responsible for making the fermentation bubbles in Swiss cheese that makes it holey.
- About 4% of the world’s cheese is stolen, making it the most stolen food in the world.
- Popular moldy cheese types include Blue cheese, gorgonzola, and Roquefort.
- Blue cheese is made by injecting air pockets with mold spores in the cheese.
- Cheese has an amino acid in it called tryptophan that has been shown to reduce stress.
- Cheesecake Factory different types of cheesecake at its over 200 locations across the U.S.
- More cheese is consumed in the world than coffee, tobacco, tea, and cocoa beans combined.
- Many lactose intolerant people can still eat certain types of cheese that are low lactose, like parmesan and asiago.
- Gouda is the world’s most popular type of cheese, making up 50-60% of the world’s cheese consumption.
- Cheeses named after a city or town have capitalized names, but those that aren’t do not have capitalized names.
- Studies show that eating cheese 30 minutes before bed may help you sleep better.
- Cheese is made by curdling milk.
- Mozzarella is the biggest selling type of cheese in the United States thanks to the ever popular American love for pizza.
- Cheddar cheese is the second biggest selling type of cheese in the United States.
- The most expensive cheese in the world is the Serbian donkey cheese called Pule, costing as much as $600-$1,000 per pound.
- Mice don’t actually like cheese and other smelly foods. They prefer grains, fruits, and sugary foods.
- The first cheese factory was created in Switzerland in 1815.
- Cheddar cheese is not naturally orange. Natural dyes like saffron, marigold, anc carrot juice have been used to make cheddar. Though, annatto seeds are what is used today.
- The first cheese factories were opened in the United States in 1851.
- The U.S. produced 4,275 tonnes of cheese every year.
- Wisconsin had a law between June 1935 and March 1937 that required restaurants to serve cheese with every meal.
- Big roman homes had special kitchens, called a careale, just for making cheese during the Roman Empire.
- Research has found that cheese has a chemical that triggers opioid receptors in the brain, making it highly addictive.
- The smelliest cheese in the world is Vieux Boulogne.
- There are more than 2,000 different types of cheese.
- There are alternative cheese products that are made of things like almond, cashews, and soy.
- Most types of cheese only need three ingredients to make them: milk, salt, and a coagulant like vinegar, rennet, or bacteria.
- In Gloucester, England, you can participate in cheese rolling as a sport, which consists of rolling and chasing after nine-pound rounds of double Gloucester cheese. The winner gets to take the cheese home as a prize.
- The most popular cheese recipe in the United States is macaroni and cheese.
- Wisconsin produced the most cheese in the United States, followed by California.
- One of Queen Victoria’s wedding gifts was a wheel of cheddar cheese that weighed over 1,000 pounds.
- Pizza Hut uses 300 million pounds of cheese every year to make their pizzas.
- Cheese can be made from any animal that produces milk.Cheese has been made from the milk of cows, goats, sheep, specific type donkeys, yaks, moose, and even reindeers.
- New York-based Serendipity’s Quintessential Grilled Cheese sandwich has the world record for the most expensive sandwich. It is priced at $214 for featuring a rare Italian cheese called Caciocavallo Podolico, a truffle spread, and a golden edge with real gold flakes.
- Cheese lovers are called turophiles.
- One of the largest cheese heists was the 2016 robbery of $70,000 worth of parmesan and cheddar cheese using a semi-tractor in Wisconsin.
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