Did you know that?:
- Cheese is made from milk and it takes around 10 litres of milk to make 1kg of cheese.
- 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 and sometimes even caves!
- There are over 700 different cheeses produced in Britain.
- 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!
- Shropshire Blue is not actually made in Shropshire, but Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire.
- Cheshire is one of the oldest British cheeses, and 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!)