Whenever you purchase a sub from a deli, the clerk asks what type of cheese you want. There are so many different types of cheeses to choose from. Today is a day to celebrate with any type of cheese you like.
Cheese is a generic term for a diverse group of milk-based food products. Cheese is produced in wide-ranging flavors, textures, and forms.
There are more than 900 known types of cheeses in the world, and they can all be classified by texture. Here are the primary classifications and some examples:
- fresh cheese (ricotta)
- soft cheese (feta)
- semi-soft cheese (Fontina)
- semi-hard cheese (Gouda)
- hard cheese (Cheddar)
- double or triple crème cheese (Brillat-Savarin)
- blue cheese (Gorgonzola)
- washed rind cheese (Limburger)
- bloomy rind cheese (Brie)
- The average American consumes about 31 pounds of cheese each year. That may seem like a lot, but for the average French person it’s 50 pounds.
- People have been making cheese for at least 8,000 years. The cheeses we enjoy today are all relatively young by comparison. For example, Swiss cheese has only been around since the first century.
- Pick up your favorite cheese and cook a cheesy dish for dinner tonight in honor of National Cheese Lover’s Day.
- January 20 is also National Buttercrunch Day.