National Cheese Day:
Every June 4 is observed as National Cheese Day to celebrate the Queen of Dairy, Cheese.
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Why National Cheese Day?
Cheese is termed as the queen of dairy product. Cheese is more valued than milk as it has a longer shelf period unlike milk which could be expired in not more than certain days even after processing.
The United States produces 29% of total Cheese production in the world but only 5.3% are exported, means, the remaining are used for domestic use. Around 22% of the overall production is consumed by Americans that indicates the importance of Cheese in the history of United States.
As one of the staple American food, cheese definitely deserves a day to be celebrated.
How can we observe National Cheese Day?
Share a recipe:
As we all know that wide varieties of recipe can be made with cheese as it is one of the basic ingredients in almost every dish. Share us any rare recipe that you do at home using the hashtags #NationalCheeseDay and #CheeseDay.
Explore more about the health benefits and impacts of cheese. There is a long debate on the benefits and impacts that is still not resolved. Share your thoughts on it.
Types of Cheese:
List out the types of Cheese and let the world about all the varieties, we have listed some varieties and comment any type of cheese that exist or popular in your state or country.
- Maccagno cheese
- Maroilles cheese
- Stilton cheese
- Isle of Mull Cheese
- Saint-Pierre Cheese
Try Making Cheese:
Try to make Cheese on your own. There must lot of YouTube videos with respect to this flooding on social media. Take those as reference and if you are good in Cheese making, share the recipes and tips using the above twitter hashtags. Don’t forget to share the outcomes with pictures.
See if the below is useful,
How to make cheese at home: (don’t use more than 1L if you try for the first time)
Unhomogenized Cream milk or raw cow milk- 1 L
Vinegar – Quarter cup
Salt – 1 teaspoon
Step 1: heat the milk until it turns warm with continuous stirring and turn off the flame.
Step 2: Add Vinegar, stir gently for not more than few seconds, keep aside for half an hour, you can see curd separates completely.
Step 3: Drain curd using a cotton cloth or colander, squeeze it gently, keep it aside, do not remove curd from colander.
Step 4: add salt in the whey water and heat it well in low flame. Dip the colander(curd) in whey water and continue the same until the curd becomes cheese.
Step 5: finally dip the colander in iced water for few seconds. Now you can get a smooth cheese, refrigerate it for 4 hours. And its ready!
Interesting facts about National Cheese Day:
Some interesting facts regarding Cheese everyone must know,
The term “Cheese” derived from latin word, caseus, means “to ferment, become sour”.
Around thousand types of Cheese are being produced and in use throughout the world.
A cheese Seller is called as “Cheesemonger”.
The earliest ever preserved cheese was discovered in a Desert in China that dates back to 1615 BCE.
Cheese is rarely found in Southeast and East Asian cuisines as dairy farming itself is rare in these regions.
Jesse Willliams, a cheesemaker opened the first Cheese production factory in the United States.
United States ranks first in Cheese production according to the survey conducted in 2019.
The world production of cheese from whole cow milk was 18.7 million tonnes in 2014, with the United States contributing around 29% (5.4 million tonnes) of the world total production followed by Germany, France and Italy as major producers. As most of the production in U.S is for domestic purpose, only 5.3% of total cow milk production is used for export.
In accordance with the survey conducted in 2014, the highest consumers of cheese are France, Iceland, Finland, Denmark and Germany.
Cheese is an everyday food and Cheese making is considered as an art in Roman empire. Some cheese weighs around thousand pounds each during that time.
The Britain claims that around 700 distinct varieties of cheese available in their country.
John Heywood, an English writer claimed and there was a faith that “Moon is made of green cheese”, which was later refuted as a myth by NASA.
The first factory for Industrial production of Cheese was opened in Switzerland. The Factory-made cheese overtook the traditional way of making cheese during the World War II.
The leading producer of cheese from goat milk is South Sudan.
History of National Cheese Day:
The history of National cheese Day is not found and the history of origin is still unconclusive with no substantial evidence. The earliest date of cheese origin points 8000 BCE and possible places of origin could be Middle East or Central Asia or Europe.
The earliest place of Cheese making with archaeological record stem from 5500 BCE in Poland. The strainers coated with milk-molecules have been discovered that adds strength to the claim.
The evidence of Making over Cheese in first dynasty of Egypt dates back to 2000 BCE and found in Egyptian tomb murals.
Columella, a prominent writer on Agriculture in Roman Empire written a book De Re Rustica in 65CE which details the cheesemaking process.
Shards of holed pottery were also found in Switzerland that dates back to 6000 BCE.
The first written evidence on Cheese making was found in Neo-Sumerian Empire era which is during the second millennium BC.
It was only during the colonial time, where use of Cheese had spread to both North and south America.by then, factory- made mass production was became successful in the United States even though the first factory was opened in Switzerland.
Jesse Williams, a cheesemaker was a successful farmer who opened a chain business across the United States in 19th century. He operated around 500 factories just only in New York after 15 years of business.