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Did you know that...
- Cheese is made from milk and it takes around 10 litres of milk to make 1kg of hard cheese. Softer cheeses require less milk, but even for a cheese like Brie it takes 7 litres of milk to make 1kg.
- Cheese can be made from lots of different types of milk, such as buffaloes' milk, sheeps' milk and goats' milk; most of the cheese eaten in the UK is made from cows' milk.
- We all know that "Little Miss Muffet sat on her tuffet, eating her Curds and Whey" but I bet you didn't know that to make cheese, milk has to be separated into curds which are the lumpy bits and whey which is the liquid bit. We make cheese with the curds!
- Some cheeses, like Mature Cheddar, are stored for one year or longer before they are ready to eat. They are kept in special rooms where temperature and humidity are controlled, and sometimes even caves where temperature and humidity are constant!
- There are over 700 different named cheeses produced in the UK.
- Cheddar is named after the Cheddar Gorge caves in Somerset where the cheese used to be stored to ripen. Cheddar is one of the most widely made cheeses in the world. King Henry II declared Cheddar Cheese to be the best in Britain!
- The majority of Shropshire Blue is not actually made in Shropshire, but in Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire.
- Cheshire is one of the oldest British cheeses. The recipe was probably brought to the UK by the Romans and the cheese even gets a mention in the Domesday Book.
- Cornish Yarg came from a recipe found in a book in a farmer's attic - his name was Mr Gray (Yarg spelt backwards!). The cheese is coated in nettle leaves which help give the cheese its unique flavour.
- Caerphilly was traditionally eaten by Welsh coal miners for their lunch.
- Every spring sees locals in the village of Stilton, Peterborough, race along a course rolling giant, Stilton shaped wheels.
- Cheese comes in many different colours, textures, tastes and appearances. They can be hard, soft and some are runny!
- Each day our friends in France, Italy, Greece and Germany eat more than twice as much cheese, per person per day, as we do - around 65g per person per day compared to around 30g per person per day in the UK.
- Cheese is packed with the protein that we all need for growth and development.
- Hard cheese is a source of calcium with a matchbox-sizes piece providing a third of an adult's daily requirement for calcium.
- Cheese is a source of vitamin B12, which you need for red blood cell formation.
- A 30g piece of Cheddar contains 125 calories.
- Cheese is one of the most versatile foods around and can be used as a starter, a main course or as a dessert - you can't do that with many other foods! For recipe and usage ideas click here