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Cheddar Cheese in Crisis: Feds to Buy 11,000,000 pounds

Uncle Sam becomes Chuckie cheese as FDA attempts to cure surplus

 

August 29, 2016

It's wrapped in wax, and as orange as Donald Trump's hair. If you don't specify what cheese you want to, it's going to end up on your sandwich at Subway. And there is so much of it that the government may have to buy the excess.

Yes, it's cheddar cheese folks, and due to an oversupply of milk and less buying from China than expected, there is an over supply of cheddar cheese in the United States, reports the US Department of Agriculture.

The Feds bailed out the auto manufacturers and major banks, so why not the cheese mongers?

Department of Agriculture said today that the feds will purchase about 11 million pounds of cheese for "private inventories." Before you get in line, you should probably be aware that this means the cheese will be given to food banks and charity groups.

Cheddar cheese hit a 21 month high today in agricultural markets in the Midwest, the highest price since November 2014.

Cheddar cheese is a relatively hard, off-white or orange, sharp"-tasting, natural cheese. Originating in the British village of Cheddar in Somerset, cheeses of this style are produced beyond this region and in several countries around the world, says Wikipedia.

Pizza, anyone?

Cheese is valued for its portability, long life, and high content of fat, protein, calcium, and phosphorus. Cheese is more compact and has a longer shelf life than milk, although how long a cheese will keep depends on the type of cheese; labels on packets of cheese often claim that a cheese should be consumed within three to five days of opening. Generally speaking, hard cheeses, such as parmesan last longer than soft cheeses, such as Brie or goat's milk cheese. The long storage life of some cheeses, especially when encased in a protective rind, allows selling when markets are favorable.

There is some debate as to the best way to store cheese, but some experts[who?] say that wrapping it in cheese paper provides optimal results. Cheese paper is coated in a porous plastic on the inside, and the outside has a layer of wax. This specific combination of plastic on the inside and wax on the outside protects the cheese by allowing condensation on the cheese to be wicked away while preventing moisture from within the cheese escaping.

A specialist seller of cheese is sometimes known as a cheesemonger. Becoming an expert in this field requires some formal education and years of tasting and hands-on experience, much like becoming an expert in wine or cuisine. The cheesemonger is responsible for all aspects of the cheese inventory: selecting the cheese menu, purchasing, receiving, storage, and ripening. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheese

 

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