Cheese Fun Facts:
- There are 1831 different types of cheese
- Cheese was first made almost 4000 years ago
- Cheese can be used as a starter, a main course or as a dessert.
- Swiss cheese is famous for having holes. The holes are made from bubbles of gas produced by special bacteria unique to Swiss cheese.
- Some cheeses are stored for one year or longer before they are ready to eat. They are kept in special rooms and sometimes-even caves!
- Half of all the pizzas made in China are topped with New Zealand cheese!
All about cheese…
Cheese is made from milk, cultures, rennet and additives. It comes in many different colours, textures, tastes and appearances. They can be hard, soft and some are runny!
Milk is the most important ingredient in cheese and it can come from cows, sheep, goats, buffalo, camels and even reindeer!
- Cultures are friendly bacteria that cause a chemical change in milk, starting the cheese making process.
- Rennet is an enzyme that makes the protein in milk solid, separating into curds and whey.
- Additives change the flavour, look, texture and colour of cheese
It takes around 10 litres of milk to make 1kg of hard cheese
Cheese has vitamin B12 and protein, which helps grow healthy red blood cells and strong bones.
A matchbox-sized piece of hard cheese is enough to give you 1/3 of your daily calcium intake.