Today is one of my favorite holidays… National Cheese Lover’s Day! As a cheese enthusiast, I find this holiday even more enticing, because it just gives me one more reason (as if I needed one) to enjoy a food that I love so much! To celebrate, here are some facts about cheese that you may not know:
- Did you know that the average American consumes over 30 pounds of cheese per year?
- There are over 900 different kinds of cheeses in the world today.
- Cheese is classified by texture:
- Fresh (ex: Ricotta)
- Soft (ex: Feta)
- Semi-soft (ex: Fontina)
- Semi-hard (ex: Gouda)
- Hard (ex: Cheddar)
- Double or Triple crème cheese (ex: Brillat-Savarin)
- Blue (ex: Gorgonzola)
- Washed rind (ex: Limburger)
- Bloomy rind (ex: Brie)
- Some types of cheese have been around for thousands of years (between 4-6,000 B.C.), while others, such as Swiss, have only been around for a few hundred.
- The U.S. produces over ¼ of the world’s supply of cheese, making up about 9 billion pounds per year.
- Over 1/3 of the milk production in the U.S. is used to make cheese.
With so many different types of cheese out there, it can be difficult to choose a favorite. What’s your favorite type of cheese to cook with, or just eat on a cracker? Leave a comment below - If it’s something new to me, I’ll go out and try it ASAP and let you know what I think!
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