Today’s Caption Contest!
A bit of background…this Kitty made herself at home right in the middle of the kitchen while we were trying to make cheese…
Go ahead, toss out your best caption idea!
It’s been blistering hot here the past couple of days, and it promises to be even hotter today. I’ve got to leave in just a few minutes to help put up a fence at a new friend’s place. I’d just pass, but since I’ve got some sheep there, I think maybe I’m expected to help. Dang! I’d much prefer to fall into a pool of water. Oh well, maybe later.
Yesterday Darling and I took a little field trip, along with another member of our 4-H club, down to Monroe where we met with Gretchen Wilson and learned to make cheese.
What’s that? Oh, yeah, I know Gretchen. Oh…the redneck woman? No, not that one, silly! I know the one with the wool mill. She also makes cheese and agreed to let us come down and watch the process. I’m not going to bore you with step by step instructions on how it’s done, mostly because I don’t remember. What did cross my mind was the phrase ‘cut the cheese’, and it dawned on me where that term must have originated from.
The cheese has been cut
Cheese making was how people would preserve their milk during winter months, or when ever their milk animal stopped milking. Just like we preserve fruit in the form of jam, milk is preserved in the form of cheese. It’s cooked over heat, then allowed to sit until it forms a solid layer. Basically, the solids in milk are separating from the liquids.
Here’s why milking sheep is beginning to interest farmers; sheep’s milk has more than double the solids that cow or goat milk has. So if you’d like to make a pound of cheese, you’d need two gallons of cow or goat milk, where as you’ll only need one gallon of sheep’s milk.
Back to cutting the cheese. Once your milk has heated and the solids have formed on top, you take a knife and cut through the cheese. Now, fresh milk has no smell, but I imagine that a thousand years ago there was an awful lot of sour milk being used, and I would imagine it was a bit stinky, don’t you?
Anyway, there’s my theory on the phrase Cut The Cheese… I’m sure it just makes your day, right?
A plate of Gretchen’s delicious cheese!