Call it a fine delicacy — and an everyday snack. Adults crave it and kids can’t get enough. You’ll find it at exquisite Michelin-rated restaurants, every baseball stadium and your own kitchen. Please! We’re talking cheese. Does America have a more versatile food? Best of all, National Cheese Day happens on June 4. Time to officially celebrate the delightful dairy item we’ve eaten in one form or another since the Roman Empire. Before we share our favorite recipes, here are some fun cheese survey facts on which to chew:
Americans’ Favorite Cheeses
- Pepper Jack
Americans’ Least Favorite Cheeses
- American (ironic)
In fact, 52% of Americans believe cheeses are interchangeable in recipes, and 28% say they switch cheeses because they like to experiment with the flavors different cheeses offer.
Read on for more facts that will make you say, “more cheese, please!”
National Cheese Day Activities
Try Something Scary!
Find a cheese that scares you a little bit and give it a go — you'll likely be surprised how much you like it. Looking for a suggestion? Give Epoisses de Bourgogne a try, if you can find it. It's got such a pungent aroma that it's been banned from public transportation systems in France!
Make Your Own!
Making cheese can be a pretty simple process — it just requires a bit of patience! It's always interesting to go "behind the scenes" of our favorite food items, but with cheese in particular, it's pretty incredible seeing all the hidden steps that take place.
Perhaps a new pairing?
Cheese seems to go with everything! Well, almost. But things get truly magical when you find perfect pairings that bring out different flavors. Have you ever tried figs with brie? They're delicious separate, but they're simply irresistible when brought together.
Take The National Cheese Day Quiz
Why We Love National Cheese Day
Cheese is the great connector. Sure, it's often plenty good on its own, but the best cheeses are made even better with the right best friend. "Mr. D'Anjou, have you met my gouda friend?" No, really — D'Anjou pears and Gouda cheese are one of many perfect pairings. Try it!
Regardless of age, culture, or social standing, cheese is accessible to people all over the world. While local varieties can vary drastically from foreign imports, it's truly difficult to find a group of people without finding some cheese, too.
The cheesemaking process depends on a variety of factors, like time, temperature, acidity, and more. Learning about cheese, and how to make it, is like a science class — except it's actually fun!