21 Delicious Facts About Milk & Other Milk Products

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1Goat milk

Goat milk

65% of the world drinks goat milk over cow milk.

2. Stilton blue cheese is known to frequently cause odd and vivid dreams.

3. Because of a surplus of whole milk and milk fat, the USDA has worked with restaurants to expand their menus with cheese-laden products, including paying for a $12 million marketing campaign for Domino's to develop a new line of pizzas with 40% more cheese.

4. A dairy farm named Hong Ning in Hong Kong, despite having no cattle on the site has been churning out some 4000 bottles of “fresh milk” made of formula every day since 2008 without the public's knowledge.

5. Before World War 2, skim milk, as a byproduct of the butter making process, was either thrown out or used to fatten pigs up. Shortly thereafter, it was marketed as a weight loss food to people.

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6String cheese

String cheese

String cheese is made by heating mozzarella to 60°C which causes the milk proteins to line up. They can then be peeled off in strings.

7. Dondurma or Turkish ice cream is resistant to melting and is so stretchy that you can skip with it.

8. The difference between Ghee and Clarified butter is that Ghee is simmered making it nuttier tasting and aromatic.

9. Ultra-pasteurized milk like Organic Horizon and Stonyfield do not need to be refrigerated. They are put into the cooling section at the store because people don't trust unrefrigerated milk, especially in the United States.

10. Cheddar cheese is naturally lactose-free due to the natural process of making aged cheese. Liquid whey which separates from the milk is removed. This is why many types of aged cheese like Cheddar, Asiago, Parm and Swiss contain little to no lactose.

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11Chocolate Milk

Chocolate Milk

According to a poll done by the “Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy”, 7% of American adults think chocolate milk comes from brown cows.

12. In 2011, Norway went through a nationwide butter shortage, where smugglers would often get caught smuggling butter and online auctions for one packet of butter reached as high as $77.

13. Milk must be offered at every meal if a United States school district wishes to get reimbursement from the federal government.

14. Icelandic Skyr is technically a cheese, not a yogurt.

15. Until about 11,000 years ago milk was toxic to humans. The only way humans were able to consume it was by lowering the lactose levels by turning it into cheese. Today only one-third of the adults are lactose tolerant, and the closer you get to the equator the lower the tolerance level is.

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16Maggot cheese

Maggot cheese

There's a cheese named maggot cheese from Sardinia which has maggots in it. It’s outlawed by European Union for food hygiene and health violations. However, it is still made and sold on the black market.

17. Milk allergy is quite different from Lactose intolerance and can be problematic for young children due to ignorance of the differences.

18. The "holes" in Swiss cheese were, until recently, seen as a sign of imperfection and something cheesemakers tried to avoid.

19. Though nowadays there are plenty of rennet substitutes, Indian cheese known as Paneer is one of the few kinds of cheeses in the world that has traditionally not required a calf slaughter to obtain stomach enzymes to curdle the cheese. Paneer is curdled by just adding lemon juice.

20. A fermented milk drink named kefir was traditionally made in skin bags that were hung near a doorway. The bag would be knocked by anyone passing through the doorway to help keep the drink mixed.

21Swiss cheese

Swiss cheese

Holes in Swiss cheese are actually called 'eyes'. Swiss cheese without eyes is known as 'blind.'


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