Historical records indicate that making of cheese dates back over 4,000 years. Although nobody knows how the first cheese was created. A concept that through the transport of milk in bladders made from ruminants. The definition of a ruminant is an even-toed ungulate mammal which chews cud regurgitated out of its rumen. Storing the milk in this manner would make it coagulate split into curds and whey. Although the original process may not be known by the time of the Roman Empire the artwork is now a highly valued procedure throughout Europe the Middle East. Countless varieties of cheese were produced and traded across the Roman Empire. Many kinds of cheese that are well known today were initially produced and recorded in the late middle ages like cheddar from the 1500’s Parmigiano-Reggiano in 1957, Gouda in 1697 and Camembert in 1791.
In its first days of creation, it remained a local product only identified by the source where it was made. British cheese manufacturing began about 2,000 years back in Pre-Roman times. Cheshire and Lancashire are just two that evolved into what we recognize today. As in France the majority of the cheese making was localized and performed by farmers in addition to in monasteries. Switzerland, of course, is famous for its cheese, Emmental is a firm cheese with a pale yellow color and buttery, mildly sharp flavor.
English Puritans dairy farmers brought to America from the 17th Century their understanding of cheese making, After the Revolutionary War, New York was called the terrific cheese state. The Southeastern part of Wisconsin was settled in the 1830’s. From 1850,s immigrants from Germany, Norway, and Switzerland came and coupling with American Pioneers said farmstead cheese manufacturing. It took centuries for Wisconsin to evolve and in 1868 Nicholas Gerber opened the first Wisconsin Cheese Factory. By 1910 Wisconsin surpassed Ohio and New York and became the number one in cheese manufacturing in the united states.
The creation of processed cheese in 1911, a combination of two unique forms and made popular by James L. Kraft who became famous as American Cheese.
Here’s a recipe made with tasty cheese.
3 tbsp Kirsch, dry sherry, brandy or nonalcoholic white wine
1 loaf French bread, cut into 1-inch bits
1. Put bread and cheese in resealable plastic bag.
2. Add wine. Heat over simmer setting or low heat just until bubbles rise to surface (don’t boil).
4. If prepared in saucepan or skillet, then pour into a fondue pot or heatproof serving bowl and keep warm over low heat. Fondue has to be served over heating to keep its smooth, creamy texture.
5. Spear bread with fondue forks; dip and swirl in fondue with stirring motion. If fondue becomes too thick, stir in 1/4 into 1/2 cup warmed wine.
Fondue is French for”melted” Be patient when making cheese fondue, and let each addition of cheese to completely melt in the wine before adding more. Serve with tossed green salad and make a meal.