How old is … the cheese? A bit of history...

Jan 15, 2013 by

History of Cheese and Cheesemaking According to most resources cheese was first made in the Middle East. The earliest type was a form of sour milk, which was discovered when domesticated animals were milked. According to a legend, cheese was ‘discovered’ by an unknown Arab nomad. He is said to have filled a saddlebag with milk to sustain him on a journey across the desert by horse. After several hours riding he stopped to quench his thirst, only to find that the milk had separated into a pale watery liquid and solid white lumps. Because the saddlebag, which was made from the stomach of a young animal, contained a coagulating enzyme known as rennin, the milk had been effectively separated into curds and whey by the combination of the rennin, the hot sun and...

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