International Raw Milk Cheese Appreciation Day is on April 20 this year. Appreciate the delectable taste and texture of raw-milk cheese to celebrate. The main question is this — how is raw-milk cheese different from any other cheese? Raw milk cheese is made from organic and unprocessed milk, while most industry-manufactured cheese is made from pasteurized milk and contains preservatives. The industry-grade preservation process does kill the microbes but also kills the unique flavors. Though everyone will agree, killing microbes is more important than some flavors or textures. The biome present in milk consists of both good and bad bacteria. When preparing raw milk cheese, skilled artisans can strike a balance so that we enjoy the best of both worlds.
History of International Raw Milk Cheese Appreciation Day
The exact origin of cheese cannot be carved out, though, some evidence shows that it was discovered around 8000 B.C. when goats and sheep began to be domesticated. It is safe to assume that the discovery must have been an accident, when milk was left aside for a long time, a tangy and sour-tasting curdled milk must have emerged as the first cheese.
Over the years, the art of cheese making was perfected by artisans across the globe but there have been instances when bad cheese has caused a catastrophe. So, when the process of pasteurization was discovered, the government was quick to mandate it to prevent loss of life from milk products gone bad.
Most preservation processes either use artificial preservatives or heat to kill the bacteria in the milk. These processes ensure that the cheese produced is safe but also robs it of the distinct flavors that the little organisms are capable of rendering during fermentation.
Preservation techniques are also employed during the production of raw-milk cheese but they are tailored not to follow the typical methods of mass-producing industries.
International Raw Milk Cheese Appreciation Day was started by Oldways Cheese Coalition in 2015 to celebrate the “flavor, diversity, and history” of raw milk cheese. Oldways Cheese, a group of producers and retailers of raw milk cheese, advocates its preservation across the world.
International Raw Milk Cheese Appreciation Day timeline
Cheese is discovered.
Louis Pasteur discovers the process of killing microbes in milk by heating it.
The Food and Drug Administration mandates the pasteurization of all milk products, with a few exceptions.
International Raw Milk Cheese Appreciation Day is established.
International Raw Milk Cheese Appreciation Day FAQs
Is raw-milk cheese safe?
Yes. When prepared with care and hygiene, raw-milk cheese can be as safe as pasteurized cheese, if not more.
How long does raw cheese last in the fridge?
At least seven days after opening and most hard cheeses can stay up to three to four weeks.
Is mozzarella a raw cheese?
The F.D.A. requires that all producers making mozzarella in the United States use pasteurized and not raw milk.
International Raw Milk Cheese Appreciation Day Activities
Eat a cheesy meal
Cook, dine-in, or take out a cheesy meal. Make sure it is only raw-milk cheese on your plate today.
Go on cheese tasting sprees
Take help from your neighborhood cheesemonger or go on a tour to a fromagerie to find your favorite raw-milk cheese. It’s bound to be an exciting experience.
Spread the love
Share your love for raw-milk cheese on social media with fun hashtags such as #RawCheeseDay. Introduce your friends to raw-milk cheese by inviting them over and treating them to your favorites.
5 Interesting Facts About Raw Milk Cheese
The natural color of raw milk cheese is off-white or a light yellow.
A complete protein
Raw milk cheese is a complete protein, also containing fat, carbohydrates, multiple vitamins, and minerals.
Milk and cheese
Making one pound of cheese requires about 10 pounds of milk.
Caves known as cheese caves are used for the proper aging of cheese.
Can be consumed by all
Individuals with lactose intolerance can consume cheese.
Why We Love International Raw Milk Cheese Appreciation Day
Cheese helps our gut
Raw milk cheese with its plethora of good bacteria maintains a healthy gut biome and improves digestion. We love this!
Handcrafted with love
The raw-milk cheese-making process is majorly manual. It is done by artisans who have perfected the process over years and decades.
Everything's better with some cheese
Fries, toast, and even broccoli take a turn for delicious heaven when dipped in cheese. See what else you can add it to today.
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