For the love of all things gooey: It’s National Cheese Lover’s Day


Cheddar, mozzarella, Swiss, Parmesan: the list of cheeses people enjoy around the world goes on and on.

January 20th, National Cheese Lover’s Day, is the day set aside to celebrate them all.

There’s plenty of cheese lovers across the country who are no doubt enjoying their favorite variety on everything from crackers to pizza. But how much do you really know about cheese? Here are some fun facts to chew on about the dairy-based fan favorite.

There are over 2,000 varieties of cheese in the world

It’s true. More than 2,000 types of the stuff exist in some form or another around the world. Britain alone acts as the birthplace over 700 varieties. For the curious, the most popular type of cheese in the U.S. is mozzarella, thanks in no small part of the amount of pizza the country consumes annually. Unsurprisingly, Wisconsin and California are the nation’s top producers of cheese overall.

A lot of milk for a little cheese

In order to make just one pound of cheese, you actually have to use 10 pounds of milk. This is because the process of cheese making removes most of the water — called whey — from the final product. The curds, or solids, are what eventually become the cheese we all know and love.

Mice don’t actually like cheese

Flying in the face of every cartoon ever made, the truth is mice aren’t terribly fond of cheese. A 2006 study found they actively avoided all cheese and dairy-based foods when presented with a wide variety of items to eat. They actually prefer grains, fruits, and processed foods with high sugar content.

Hay makes the holes in Swiss cheese

Scientists discovered in 2015 it was actually small flecks of hay in the milk used to make Swiss cheese which made its trademark holes. When farmers milked their cows with traditional buckets, tiny pieces of hay made its way into the milk, and as the cheese matured, it made the holes the variety is so well known for.

Now that the process has been modernized with machinery, though, the holes have shrunk significantly or disappeared all together in a lot of wheels.

The same bacteria that causes stinky feet produces stinky cheese

A common complaint you might hear is that someone’s aromatic feet might remind someone of a smelly piece of cheese. That’s because the same bacterium, Brevibacterium linens, are the source of both. The most famous smelly cheeses are arguably Munster, a soft cheese, and Limburger, which is only produced at two farms — one in Monroe, Wisconsin and one in Linwood, Michigan — in the entire U.S.

More Stories from the Springfield News-Sun

Enjoy fine arts and give back: 4 things to do this weekend

Ed Sheeran announces engagement to Cherry Seaborn

Ragtime orchestra scores with silent film presentation in Springfield



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Nation World

Rev. Billy Graham chose John 14:6 to be placed on his grave marker
Rev. Billy Graham chose John 14:6 to be placed on his grave marker

Before his death, Rev. Billy Graham chose one of his favorite Scripture verses from the Bible to be placed on his grave marker. Graham selected John 14:6 and the following inscription to be on his marker: BILLY GRAHAM NOVEMBER 7, 1918 – FEBRUARY 21, 2018 PREACHER OF THE GOSPEL OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST JOHN 14:16 John 14:6 reads, “Jesus...
Teen’s warning thwarts possible school shooting in Vermont
Teen’s warning thwarts possible school shooting in Vermont

A high school junior in New York may have prevented an 18-year-old man from carrying out a shooting last week at a Vermont high school, the Poughkeepsie Journal reported. Angela McDevitt, 17, who attends Arlington High School in Lagrangeville, New York, said she was trading Facebook messages with Jack Sawyer of Poultney, Vermont, when he...
Great Miami River expected to crest this weekend: Where will flooding occur?

As a Flood Watch remains in effect for the southern Miami Valley counties through Sunday morning, creeks, streams and fields will likely flood, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. “Creeks and streams, if not already, will likely be out of their banks through the weekend,” she said. “Fields will also be flooded...
Heavy rain, low visibility possible for morning commute; Flood Watch in effect
Heavy rain, low visibility possible for morning commute; Flood Watch in effect

A Flood Watch is in effect for Montgomery, Preble, Clark, Greene, Butler, Warren and Clinton counties until Sunday morning. More rain pushes in for the morning Heavy showers and some thunderstorms possible Saturday Dry start to next week Today: There will be mist and fog early before heavy rain continues to...
Police: Student was punched, spat on before dorm stabbing
Police: Student was punched, spat on before dorm stabbing

A Georgia State University student walked up to another student, spat on him and punched him before the suspect stabbed him multiple times in a university dorm, the school’s police chief said Thursday. University and Atlanta police responded to a call about the fight Tuesday, GSU police chief Joe Spillane said. Nakia Roach was found in the the...
More Stories