Hard Cheeses at Home, Plus 2 Soft Cheese Recipes


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Homemade Hard Cheese At Picnic

Photo by Flickr/markdbaynham

Cheese. It makes our mac and cheese, pizza, and so many other dishes downright delectable. Who doesn’t like its creamy, soothing taste and texture? Well, there are a few folks that don’t, but I don’t quite understand them as I consider cheese one of the major food groups.

Actually, cheese is one of our oldest foods. The earliest ever discovered preserved cheese was found in the Taklamakan desert in Xinjiang, China, in 1615 BCE. That’s 3,600 years ago, and it has been documented that humans in prehistoric times made cheese more than 8,000 years ago. Wow, cheese has been part of our lives for a very long time!

The diverse varieties of cheese are almost unlimited, yet all cheeses are made from the same basic product: milk. Even so, there is a vast range of flavors and textures. Perhaps that is the beauty of cheese, that one raw ingredient gives such a diverse range of cheese types.



There are many variables that play in the different types of cheese. Flavor types, rinds, intensities, regions where it is made and methods of aging all play a role.





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