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Uncle Sam Has a Plan for 11M Pounds of Excess Cheese

USDA to spend $20M to scoop up surplus, distribute to food banks and pantries

(Newser) - "Get rid of the gouda" isn't something you'd expect from a government directive, but that's the gist of what the Department of Agriculture is doing to ease the country's cheese crisis. By "crisis," we mean there's more cheese stockpiled and languishing in... More »

The World's Most Expensive Cheese Comes From Donkeys

Or, try a donkey-milk liqueur

(Newser) - What goes great with donkey cheese? Donkey sausage, of course. That's the repast writer Kristin Vukovic enjoyed at the Zasavica Special Nature Reserve in Serbia, where milk from the beasts of burden is used to make the world's most expensive cheese . A small cupcake-sized mound of the stuff... More »

Wine and Stinky Shipwreck Cheese, Anyone?

Not really sure of best pairing for gooey 340-year-old 'dairy product' from Swedish warship

(Newser) - For 340 years, the Swedish ship Kronan has languished at the bottom of the Baltic Sea, the 126-gun warship's permanent resting place after it was sunk right before a 1676 skirmish with Denmark and the Netherlands, Atlas Obscura reports. It was found in 1980, and since then it's... More »

Thieves Nab 20K Pounds of Cheese From Truck

Anyone transporting crackers should be on high alert

(Newser) - It's a caper of grand proportion in a state that loves its cheddar. The AP reports 20,000 pounds of cheese has vanished from southeastern Wisconsin. The cheese, produced by US Foods, was in a semitrailer parked at a business in the Milwaukee suburb of Oak Creek when it... More »

America Has Way Too Much Cheese

Dairy stockpile is the biggest in decades

(Newser) - America has its problems but a cheese shortage definitely isn't one of them, according to the latest USDA figures. The stockpile of unsold cheese has swelled to more than 1.2 billion pounds, its highest level in records going back to at least 1984, Bloomberg reports. The cheese glut... More »

'Provolone Poacher' Lifts $2K in Cheese from Restaurant

The Colorado eatery keeps losing its Italian delicacy to theft

(Newser) - The "provolone poacher" has struck again at a Colorado restaurant, but this time he said "cheese" for security cameras. Police say someone stole 19 cases of the Italian cheese from the Do Drop Inn in Pueblo early Tuesday, the AP reports. The restaurant doors were damaged and restaurant... More »

That Grated Parm on Your Pasta May Be 9% Wood

Bloomberg tests find some Parmesan cheese contains zero Parmesan

(Newser) - "Your Parmesan cheese products do not contain any Parmesan cheese" is not a letter you want to get from the Food and Drug Administration if you're a company that manufactures Parmesan cheese products. But that's exactly what a 2013 letter from the FDA to Pennsylvania's Castle... More »

Someone Is Stealing a Lot of Cheese in Wisconsin

$160K went missing in 2 separate heists

(Newser) - Canada has its maple syrup thefts , California its walnut capers , and now Wisconsin joins the ranks with not one, but two cheese heists. The first happened two weeks ago in Marshfield, when bandits made off with $90,000 worth of Parmesan from a storage facility, reports CBS58 . Then on Friday,... More »

Scientists Test Best Cheese for Grilled Cheese Sandwich

It's all about how casein proteins clump together when cheese melts

(Newser) - Looking for the perfect cheese for the ultimately gooey, perfectly melted grilled cheese sandwich? Good news: Scientists with the American Chemical Society have put out a three-minute video from the society's "Reactions" series on YouTube all about that very subject. And the winners are ... gouda, gruyére, or... More »

Study: Here's Why Cheese Is Addictive, Salmon Isn't

Researchers say it all boils down to processing, fat, and glycemic load

(Newser) - Pizza is the most problematic food out there, as far as addictive-like qualities go. So report students who completed the Yale Food Addiction Scale as part of a study by researchers at the University of Michigan. Those researchers published their findings in PLoS ONE earlier this year, and wrote that... More »

Man Spent 6 Months Making Sandwich 100% From Scratch

Andy George takes DIY to the extreme, even making salt and killing a chicken

(Newser) - Think you know how to make a sandwich? Think again. Andy George, who hosts the "How to Make Everything" YouTube channel, has just posted his latest episode on YouTube showing that to make a chicken sandwich completely from scratch is, at least for him, a six-month, $1,500 endeavor.... More »

Wisconsin Cheddar Fetches 'Milestone' Price

A 20-year-old batch is selling for $209 a pound

(Newser) - A Wisconsin cheesemaker is debuting a 20-year-old cheddar that's short in supply and big on price. The cheddar from Hook's Cheese Co. of Mineral Point goes on sale today for $209 a pound. Most of the 450-pound supply is already spoken for, with orders coming in after the... More »

Swiss Figure Out Why Their Cheese Has Holes

Lack of hay dust was causing hole shortage

(Newser) - Swiss scientists say they've solved a problem many people may not have noticed: the disappearing holes in Swiss cheese. Researchers at a government agricultural institute say that contrary to a century of scientific belief, the holes are caused by hay particles, not bacteria, and modern milking is just too... More »

Humans Stayed Lactose Intolerant Long After Dawn of Dairy Operations

Trait showed up thousands of years after first cheese-making

(Newser) - Humans have been running relatively advanced dairy operations for more than 7,000 years—the first cheese dates back to then —so it seems logical to assume that human bodies have been able to process milk for just as long. Turns out, that assumption is off by thousands of... More »

Kim Jong Un Has It Bad for, Er, Cheese

Corpulent dictator apparently has a soft, cheesy side

(Newser) - You know who really likes some cheese? Kim Jong Un , that's who. Or at least that's what North Korean defectors are telling outlets including the Mirror . Specifically, Dear Leader Junior is—wait for it—"crackers for" Emmental cheese, a habit he apparently picked up while in boarding... More »

Science Explains Why Mozzarella Is Best for Pizza

It both bubbles and browns better than other cheese

(Newser) - In what sounds like the best middle school science project ever, mozzarella has been put to the test against several other cheeses on pizza and declared the best. But scientists in New Zealand got to work with more than just poster board; they used fancy cameras and software to study... More »

Velveeta Recalled Over Lack of Preservatives

Affected product is marked 021000611614

(Newser) - If you buy your Velveeta at Walmart, read on: Kraft is recalling some 260 cases of the cheese product sent to Walmart stores because overly low levels of a preservative—that would be sorbic acid—could lead to spoiling and food-borne illness, the AP reports. The cases were shipped to... More »

FDA's Murky Ruling Could Be Stinky News for Cheese

FDA decision could mean trouble for 65% of cheesemakers

(Newser) - Bad news, cheese lovers: The delicious snack's future is uncertain after a recent FDA decision. The FDA clarified last week that wooden racks, used by many cheesemakers to age their product, "cannot be adequately cleaned and sanitized." That means cheesemakers who have been using such racks for... More »

Judge: Cheese Restaurant Smell Not Too Bad

Manager of Swiss fondue place told not to pay fine

(Newser) - A judge has ruled that stinky-cheese smell isn't as bad as complaining about it in a rather mean way, the Guardian reports. Florian Kurz, the manager of a Swiss fondue restaurant, won't have to pay a $225 fine after two neighboring boutique clothing stores griped about the smell—... More »

World's Most Ancient Cheese Found in China

Mummies from 1615 BC were buried with cheese

(Newser) - The oldest cheese ever found was already stale nearly a thousand years before the earliest Greek philosophers were munching on feta. Researchers in China have discovered that the odd clumps of yellow matter found on the necks and chests of mummies from as early as 1615 BC are actually lumps... More »

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