Christmas Cow Bells
A Buttermilk Creek Mystery
By Mollie Cox Bryan
I confess: I love cheese. I AM a cheesemenker, of course, and I love my profession. But I also love the fact that there are so many interesting things to learn about cheese. It's been around for a very long time.
You don't know me very well yet. But I thought it would be fun to tell you a little bit about cheese.
Five Fun Facts about Cheese
|1.||It takes 10 pounds of milk to make just 1 pound of cheese.|
|2.||More than 25 percent of cheese in the U.S. is made in Wisconsin (the rest comes mostly from California, Idaho and New York). More than half the nation’s artisan cheese is made in Wisconsin.|
|3.||Speaking of Wisconsin.... There are 60 Master Cheesemakers in the United States…and they all live in Wisconsin.Wisconsin is the only state that has a Master Cheesemaker program. Before entering the program, you need to have a cheesemaker’s license for 10 years-a process that requires 250 school hours and a six-month apprenticeship.|
|4.||Some cheeses are illegal in the U.S. (I have a friend who sends me some!.) Because of safety concerns related to bacteria, the FDA has banned certain cheeses from entering the United States—cheese crafted with raw milk and aged under 60 days.|
|5.||Cheese caves are real. (I have an old cellar.) Storing cheese in caves helps to age them. Caves are cool and humid, which is exactly what cheese needs to age properly. European cheesemakers used natural caves before modern refrigeration. Today, American cheesemakers usually construct their own cheese caves, which allows them to regulate temperatures and humidity levels to the exact specifications a certain cheese needs.|
Which on of those facts surprises you the most? Reply and get a chance to wine a copy of Christmas Cow Bells!
Mollie Cox Bryan is the author of the Cora Crafts Mysteries and the Cumberland Creek Mysteries. Her books have been selected as finalists for an Agatha Award and a Daphne du Maurier Award and as a Top 10 Beach Reads by Woman's World. She has also been short-listed for the Virginia Library People's Choice Award. She lives in Waynesboro, Va.