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Cheese and its history

There are several stories of how the cheese was discovered, one of them speaks of a stranger, traveling through the Middle East desert, filled his bags of leather, milk, after many hours under the sun, discovered that the milk had become a whitish and solid mass. His leather bag, the heat and the movement of the camel were the basic ingredients that were needed ro make the cheese.

Likewise, it is said that the first people who made cheese lived in the Middle East a little more than 4,000 years ago.

The ancient Romans were experienced producers of cheese and included it in their diet seasoned with thyme, pepper, pine nuts and other nuts, when their soldiers settled in a camp, made cheese. Already the Romans were great consumers, their tendency towards goat cheese was notorious. They were then the culprits of the expansion of cheese making techniques.

All the antiquity was plagued of allusions to the fresh cheese, curdled. In ancient Greece it was eaten only mixed with flour, honey, oil, raisins and almonds and is found in ancient recipes of dishes and desserts very precious.

In the Middle Ages, religious orders became important generators of agricultural and livestock activity making the cheese become important, for consumption during the many days of fasting in which meat was forbidden, so different types of cheese were created. cheese, thus adding variety to their limited diet.

The cheeses are grouped according to their hardness or softness. Its four main types are; soft, semi-soft, hard and very hard. The softer ones contain more moisture than the others, but the more hard are those that are best preserved.

The holes that some cheeses have are called “eyes” and they are bubbles caused by the gases released by the bacteria contained in the cheese, although the cheese develops mold, it can be eaten, you just have to remove the cheese about 1 / 2cm from its outer crust.