Saturday, September 28, 2019

Quirky Cheese Facts

Christmas Cow Bells

A Buttermilk Creek Mystery
Book #1
Brynn MacAlister

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.


  1. It's amazing how much time and work it takes to being a Master Cheesemaker. Fascinating facts, thanks for sharing! And this book sounds really good. I love cheese. Thanks for the chance to win.

  2. #3 is fascinating.
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  3. I didn't know cheese was stored in caves.
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  4. #2 is interesting. Thanks for this informative post. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

  5. Fact #4 is something which I did not know. Thanks for your feature and giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  6. Fact 3 surprised me the most. Thanks for the chance! JL_Minter(at)hotmail(dot)com

  7. I was surprised how much milk it takes to make cheese
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  8. I did know that some cheeses are illegal.
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  9. I was surprised at how much milk was required to make cheese and all of the hours to become a master cheesemaker. Thanks for the chance. ematov (at) comcast (dot) net

  10. WOW! I didn't realize what a long process it was and what all it entailed to to become a specialist in the field of cheese. Nor did I know that some cheeses were illegal in the United States. LOVE cheese, but like most never gave much thought to the process or how specialist the field was.

    Thank you for the wonderful chance to win a copy of "Christmas Cow Bells"! I have this book on my TBR list and can't wait for the opportunity to read it.
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  11. I'm surprised by #4 didn't know some were illegal!

  12. I am surprised that some cheeses are illegal in the United States due to bacterial concerns. I love cheese and especially cheese made with yogurt. Thanks for supplying these interesting facts. Also thank you for the chance to win a copy of "Christmas Cow Bells". robeader53(@)yahoo(dot)com

  13. They are all pretty surprising. I didn't know any of that.So I'll pick the most amazing is that it takes 10 pounds of milk. Now I have to go weigh my milk. ckmbeg (at) gmail (dot) com

  14. I was surprised to find out about some cheeses being illegal to sell in the United States due to bacteria concerns. Living along the shores of Lake Erie in Ohio, we are known for wineries and also our cheese factory in Middlefield, OH. This is also Amish area in our area. Thanks so much for providing such interesting info. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com