It’s that time of year again — National Grilled Cheese Month! We know you’ve been waiting all year for this and in honor of this great celebration, the Cheat Sheet has compiled a list of some of the most interesting cheese facts. Now you’ll be the center of attention at your next wine and cheese party. Here are a few interesting tidbits about the delicious, melt-in-your-mouth goodness of cheese.
Some cheeses have been banned in the United States. Several French cheeses such as Morbier, Tomme, and Roquefort are off limits. This is because of the Food and Drug Administration’s updated standards for bacteria safety levels.
2. Cheese hut?
Pizza Hut became the world’s largest user of cheese when it introduced a pizza in 2000 called The Insider. Each pie required the use of one pound of cheese. At the time, Pizza Hut used more than 300 million pounds of cheese each year and purchased more than 3% of all cheese produced in the United States. The Insider pizza no longer exists, but fans have created a Facebook page, rallying for its return.
3. Follow the yellow cheese road
Wisconsin used cheese to de-ice roads as part of a cost-cutting pilot program. Apparently, combining rock salt with cheese can help prevent roads from freezing. Who knew?
4. Show me the money
Pule is the most expensive cheese in the world, costing roughly $600 to $1,00 per pound. The pricey cheese is made from donkey’s milk.
5. Cheese lovers
If you want cheese, the United States is the place to be. The U.S. is the top producer of cheese. France wins the top spot for being the top cheese exporter, and Greece wins for being home to the most cheese consumers.
6. Say cheese!
Cheese has been found to inhibit tooth decay. This is all thanks to the casein and whey proteins contained in cheese. Furthermore, the contents of cheese can help strengthen your teeth and restore tooth enamel. So go ahead and nibble on a small block of cheese after a hearty meal.
7. Mac and cheese is tops
Get out your boxed elbows and cheese graters. Macaroni and cheese is the most popular cheese recipe. In light of this fact, it’s not surprising that Crayola named one of its crayon colors “macaroni and cheese” in 1993.
8. Heat, please
It’s best to let cold cheese warm up for roughly 30 minutes before consumption to allow the aroma and flavor to develop.
9. Delicious and nutritious
Cheese is a good source of vitamin B12, which is important for the formation of new red blood cells.
10. The big cheese
The phrase “big cheese” used to be a reference to someone who was rich enough to purchase an entire wheel of cheese.