Five cheese facts to change the way you enjoy cheese!

We love cheese and for good reason, it’s ooey, it’s gooey and boy it’s yummy. We’re all about helping you live your best cheese life. We decided to delve into the world of cheese even more and share some facts and tips that will change the way you enjoy cheese.

Fact 1: Let cold cheese warm up

We know, it sounds weird but trust us! Temperature affects both flavour and texture. The cold makes the fat molecules in your cheese contract, this means it doesn’t spread over your palate and you don’t get the incredible flavours or creamy-ness of the cheese. When serving cheeses, allow your cheeses to come to room temperature (20-22°C), this allows the flavours and aromas to develop. 

Fact 2: How much milk!?

We know the main ingredient of cheese is milk - but just how much milk do we use? The average amount of milk used is 10L to 1kg of cheese! Thankfully we have a great supplier in Mountain Milk Co-op located in the Alpine Valleys.

Fact 3: Mould only grows when exposed to air.

To get the veins inside blue cheese, each of the cheeses is pierced with a stainless steel needle to provide air flow and circulation. This then allows the blue, grey or green ‘veins’ to grow. Once they have dispersed out from the centre to the rind, it is fully ripe and ready to eat. The veins in our Blue Cheeses are created by our one and only piece of machinery in the factory, affectionatley called ‘Toro The Bull’, watch out reel to find out more!

Taste the veins for yourself with our Milawa Blue, Milawa Aged Blue and Mt Buffalo Blue

Fact 4: Some cheese contains less lactose than other dairy products.

What is lactose? It is the sugar found in milk and milk products. For our lactose intolerant cheese lovers, you don’t have to go completely without (obviously within your limits!). Hard, aged cheeses such as Cheddar and Swiss along with Goats Cheese are lower in lactose. As a rule of thumb, the harder and more aged a cheese is, it’s more than likely got less lactose!  Why not try out some of our low lactose options like Milawa Goat Camembert or David Brown Select Cheddar.

Fact 5: Cheese plays a unique role in dental health. 

It’s been found that cheese can help prevent the production of tooth decay. But why? Cheese contains the nutrients that are teeth friendly such as calcium, phosphorus and casein, meaning it helps to put the minerals back into teeth. 

There’s so many more amazing facts about cheese but these are just a few of our favourites!