Say Cheese!

Cheese is considered a staple in many cultures, especially throughout Europe and Middle East and is one of the most widely consumed foods around the world along with rice, meat, fish, eggs and milk.

Cheese, this so much loved dairy product, dates back to ancient time and it is an incredible popular food.ย 

Cheese, adds flavour and texture to a wide variety of meals and when eaten in moderation it can make a nutritious addition to a wholesome well-balanced diet.ย 

But since it is so popular around the world and with so many varieties available in the market, it can be really confusing to know what types of cheese are the best for our health.

Before understanding what types of cheese are the best for our health, first letโ€™s go a little bit back in time and see how cheese was invented.

The word โ€œcheeseโ€ is derived from the Latin word โ€œcaseusโ€ that means โ€œto fermentโ€.ย 

Historically cheesemaking involves a fermentation technique that was used to prolong the life of fresh milk. 

Now around the world, there are used different types of milk to make cheese: cow, goat, sheep, camel, yak, buffalo, bison, including even horse milk.

How the cheese is made?

To make the cheese, first need to add to the milk a culture of bacteria which digests the lactose (milk sugars) and turns it into lactic acid.ย 

Then an enzyme called rennet is added to curdle the milk. 

This rennet is found in the stomachs of young cows, sheep and goats but you can also find some vegetarians alternatives now.

But think a little bit: how it was possible in ancient times to discover that this enzyme called rennet which is found in the stomachs of young cows by adding it to the cows milk will help to curdle the milk and make the cheese?

How they did this connection? 

The stomach of a young cow and the milk of his motherโ€ฆThis is crazy. 

But thinking that back then, the internal organs of the animals were used as storage for foods (including my grandma used to do the sausages using the porkโ€™s intestines, which was if you wish the way to store the meat), it is probable that the process of cheese making was discovered accidentally by storing milk in a container made from the stomach of an animal, resulting the milk being turned into curd and whey by the rennet from the stomach.

Sometimes from accidents in the kitchen are borne the most delightful dishes. I guess this was the case too.

However, after the rennet is added to curdle the milk, the watery whey is then removed, leaving clumps of casein. 

Then is added salt and the product is pressed into moulds and left to dry or age for varying amounts of time. 

The ageing process is a form of fermentation which can take from a few weeks to years, depending on the type of cheese.


Types of fresh and aged cheesesย 

A few types of fresh cheeses, made from fresh curds that have not been pressed or aged, known around the world: Cream cheese, Feta, Mozzarella, Burrata, Ricotta, Robiola, Stracchino, Mascarpone, Paneer, Cottage cheese, Halloumi, Brie.

A few types of aged cheeses known around the world: Cheddar, Gruyere, Manchego, Gouda, Parmesan-types like Parmigiano-Reggiano and Grana Padano, Asiago, Pecorino Romano, Emmental / Swiss Cheese, Monterey Jack, Bleu cheese.

I am a cheese lover and I like them all ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‹

What is your favourite?

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The nutritional content, taste and texture of a particular cheese is largely dependent on the type of milk and bacteria used, and how the cheese was produced. 

Did you know?

According with a 2018 scientific paper, the worldโ€™s oldest cheese, dating to approximately 1200 BCE which is 3200 years before present, was found in ancient Egyptian tombs.

Join me next time and letโ€™s see which cheese is better, natural or processed? Whole-milk cheese or reduced or low-fat milk cheese? 

What are the health benefits of cheese or contraindications?

See you next time.

Have a lovely day ๐ŸŒธ

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  1. I love cheese, one of the reasons I’ve found turning vegan difficult. My favourite cheese has to be this smoked cheese that I had at a cheese farm in Netherlands. It totally blew my mind and I’ve had smoked cheese after but nothing as good as that!

    1. For a cheese lover I guess it was difficult ๐Ÿ˜” Smoked cheese is not one of my favorites but youโ€™re right! When you try one and you love it, nothing is better โ˜บ๏ธ๐Ÿ˜‹

  2. Mmm, Iove cheese, esp cream cheese, feta, mozzarella, gouda and white cow cheeses from Serbia that lots of families in the village make and sell in the open markets. They don’t have any specific name, and are often region-related and each is different and tasting superb, nth I can find here.

    1. Oh yes I know…back home in Romania, my grandma and other neighbors from the villages used to do it, and theyโ€™re keep doing it…I guess is different in each region depending on what the cows eat…but the flavor of it is really wonderful! Oh I miss it too ๐Ÿ˜†

  3. We just ordered $200 worth of cheese, hard meats and crackers for our holiday meal next week. We love cheese, I love cheese more and he loves the hrd meats. We eat every little traditional Thanksgiving or Christmas but eat the cheese and meat celebration along with special deserts. That cheese being melted on that sanwich was way too much sheese even for me! Hav e agreat day. Love hte graphics. Special to my heart is Sponge Bob

    1. Thatโ€™s a good amount of cheese ๐Ÿง€โ˜บ๏ธ
      I have sometimes evenings when Iโ€™m not in the mood for cooking dinner and the cheese and cold cuts is always my saving โ˜บ๏ธ
      Thank you very much! I love Sponge Bob too โ˜บ๏ธ๐Ÿ˜€

      1. Instead of traditional Thanks giving, it’s just the two of us, we go for the cheese and meat route and spreadit over a couple of days! There goes my weight loss! But it’s only three times a year, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. We both like differ cheese and I have to have olives.

      2. Thatโ€™s great! Cheese and cold cuts are always a treat โ˜บ๏ธ๐Ÿ˜‹ Oh yes, olives is part of the treat too โ˜บ๏ธ I think this evening Iโ€™ll have some cheeses and olives and cold cut…๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹

  4. I love all cheeses, mostly, but the stinky French ones are my favorites. I have a raclette party every year. I donโ€™t think that was an accident – raclette has a perfect melting point – they used to set the wheel in a fireplace, and scrape off (racler) the cheese as it melts, and place on potatoes or bread. Itโ€™s fabulous!

    1. Itโ€™s fabulous indeed! Back home in Italy we used to go into the mountains and the melted cheese with polenta and mushrooms was always the perfect food there even in summer โ˜บ๏ธ๐Ÿง€๐Ÿ˜‹

  5. Thanks for sharing such an informative post. Paneer is my favorite cheese, I wish it is better than any other cheese, and I’m looking forward to know more about this in your upcoming post. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Great post Ribana! I love cheese but can no longer eat it sadly though I can eat a little old cheddar. Cheese is one thing I really do miss. Have a great day Ribana!๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜บ๐ŸŒž๐Ÿง€โ˜•

      1. She has done that too! She will stare at the door until I have to go look and see if someone is out there. I come back to find her with her face in my mashed potatoes!๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜น๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜ป

      2. Hahahaha…she knows all the tricks ๐Ÿ˜ป๐Ÿ˜น๐Ÿ˜น๐Ÿ˜น Good girl Muffin ๐Ÿ˜น๐Ÿ˜น๐Ÿ˜ป๐Ÿ˜ป๐Ÿ˜บ๐Ÿ˜บ๐Ÿ˜ผ๐Ÿ˜ผ

      3. And it happens quite a bit too, so I know it’s not coincidence! She really does it purposely!๐Ÿ˜น๐Ÿ˜น๐Ÿ˜น๐Ÿ˜ธ๐Ÿ˜ธ๐Ÿ˜ธ๐Ÿ˜ป๐Ÿ˜ป๐Ÿ˜ป

      4. Thatโ€™s pretty clever ๐Ÿ˜ป๐Ÿ˜ผ๐Ÿ˜น๐Ÿ˜บ She learned her human very well and she knows how to play it โ˜บ๏ธ๐Ÿ˜บ๐Ÿ˜ผ๐Ÿ˜ป๐Ÿ˜น

    1. Living here, when people hear about cheese they say โ€œnahโ€ ๐Ÿคข
      They donโ€™t know what they miss ๐Ÿ˜
      Iโ€™m glad youโ€™ve embraced European food โ˜บ๏ธ๐Ÿ˜‹
      Oldest cheese usually are the best ones โ˜บ๏ธ ๐Ÿง€ They have lots of flavor ๐Ÿ˜‹

      1. So true. They don’t know what they’re missing. I’ll admit thought I got a big issue with fresh milk and concentrated orange juice, but I’m flexible when it comes to eating so I quickly adapted. I still hate concentrated orange juice haha ๐Ÿ˜€

      2. Hahaha ๐Ÿคฃ I understand…fresh milk is not a known commodity in this part of the word ๐Ÿ˜€ Soy milk it is though โ˜บ๏ธ
        Orange juice? I can only drink the freshly squeezed one ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜‹

      3. Hahaha…you hated soya milk when you were here? Thatโ€™s a first โ˜บ๏ธ Soya here is a staple food ๐Ÿ˜ they would put it in everything ๐Ÿคช but I guess you know better than me โ˜บ๏ธ

  7. Cheese, in whatever form is always welcome. We eat Cottage Cheese- also called as Paneer here sometimes.
    In fact, if we have food for a wedding occasion, we always expect 2/3 dishes of cottage Cheese or paneer!

  8. Not sure in which year I got stuck while you posted it ๐Ÿ˜ I Say Cheese๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ now . I missed reading the post ๐Ÿ˜Ž. Well, now I’m reading itโ˜บ๏ธ I use to wonder where cheese comes from, and when my Aunty said it came from the same cow that gives milk I had a wild imagination of how cheese came from ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚. That’s a long story ๐Ÿ˜œ and awkward too๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ˜‚. Lovely content. You are a little Wikipedia of foodictionary โœจโœ๏ธ Great Job Done โœจ

    1. Hahaha…youโ€™re too funny Simon! I can only imagine where your imagination took you ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚
      Thank you always for stopping by and for your kind words! I really appreciate it! ๐Ÿคฉ
      Say cheese! โ˜บ๏ธ Have a wonderful day Simon!

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