yellow or white, creamy or solid food made from the pressed curds of milk

Cheese is a dairy product that is made from milk that is from cows. There are many types of cheese, such as cheddar, Swiss, and provolone.

International Cheeses on the board

Many things affect the form, texture, colour and flavour of a cheese. These include the milk (cow or goat), if the milk has been pasteurized, the amount of butterfat, bacteria and mold in the cheese, how the cheese is made, how much fat is in the cheese, and how old the cheese is.

Origin change

People have been making cheese since before history was written down. It is not known when cheese was first made. It is known that cheese was eaten by the Sumerians in about 4000 BC.[1]

Classification change

There are many different ways to classify cheeses. Some ways include:

Some cheeses on the wood board
  • How long the cheese was aged
  • The texture of the cheese. These include Hard, Soft and Softer.
  • How the cheese was made
  • What type of milk was used to make the cheese. This is mainly what animal the milk comes from, such as cows, sheep, and goats. The diet of the animal can also affect the type of cheese made from its milk.
  • How much fat is in the cheese
  • What color the cheese is (common colors are yellow, and white)

There are also man-made foods that some people use instead of cheese. These are called Cheese analogues.

Different types of cheese include:

References change

  1. "The history of cheese: from an ancient nomad's horseback to today's luxury cheese cart". The Nibble. Lifestyle Direct. Retrieved 2012-02-09.

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