- Why do you think cheese is a popular food?
- If you were a food scientist, how would you try to improve cheese?
- Who eats more cheese per person per year: people in the United States, France, Greece, or Denmark?
- What’s one popular story about how cheese was first made?
- Where is the enzyme rennet found?
- What makes Swiss cheese different from other cheeses?
- Why do pizza chefs need to let mozzarella sit?
- How is processed cheese different from traditional cheese?
- In what ways are dairy researchers trying to improve cheeses and the process of cheese making?
- Making cheese can involve a lot of science. What other foods do you think might require a similar level of scientific and engineering expertise and research? Why?
- What kind of science would a person interested in studying cheese need to know?
- What problems might come up if you were trying to lower the fat content of a cheese? For information about developing a low-fat cheese, see www.chancellor.wisc.edu/yourworld/2223.html(University of Wisconsin).
- Design an experiment that involves cheese.
- What advantages might cheese makers who use small batches of milk have over
- People often eat cheese-flavored snacks, such as Doritos, Cheetos, or Cheez-It crackers. How do manufacturers add the cheese flavor to such foods? For information on flavoring snack foods, see www.foodproductdesign.com/archive/1997/0597AP.html(Food Product Design).
- Many people can’t drink milk or eat dairy products. Why does this happen? See www.sickkids.on.ca/kidshealth/spring02vol3issue1/gotmilk.asp (The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto).
Why do you think cheese is more popular in France, Greece, and Denmark than it is in the United States? What is the most popular type of cheese in France? in Greece? in Denmark? See www.cheese-france.com/club/top10_cheese.htm (Cheese-France),
www.allcorfu.com/cuisine.html (Corfu, Greece), and encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com/List+of+cheeses (TheFreeDictionary.com).
- A famous nursery rhyme begins with the words “Little Miss Muffet sat on a tuffet, . . .” What was she eating? Explain why this dish might have been on her menu? What’s a “tuffet”? You can learn more about the history and meaning of this nursery rhyme at www.brookmans.com/history/littlemissmuffet.shtml(Brookmans Park Newsletter).
- Put together a little book of favorite recipes (your own and those of your friends) that include cheese as an ingredient. You should aim for at least eight recipes.
The following table shows the average amount of cheese (in pounds) eaten per person in 13 countries of the world.
Pounds per year
Plot the data as a horizontal bar graph, with country along the vertical axis and the amount of cheese per person along the horizontal axis. Find the mean, median, and mode.