It's National Cheese Day, so I decided to scour the web and highlight a few essential tools to help you enjoy cheese to the fullest. For slicing perfect slices of cheddar and Gruyere, choose a wooden board with an attached metal cutter. For softer cheeses, like Brie, use a special edged knife that allows you to smoothly spread cheese on crackers, toasts, and fruit pieces. Hard cheese such as Parmesan requires a cheese plane to create thick shaved sheets that can be placed onto pastas and salads. For wine and cheese parties, a wooden cheese board is essential for displaying a variety of cheese types. A box grater is useful for pizzas, tacos, gratins, and more. Lastly, for those special occasions, a shiny fondue pot allows you to savor melted cheese - it's an indulgent splurge that you won't use as often as your box grater, but it's one that you'll definitely delight in. To check out all these finds, scroll through the box below.
Today is a very exciting day... it's National Cheese day! Cheese has been around for thousands of years, dating back to at least several hundred years BC. Cheese and cheese-makers are mentioned in the Bible, Homer, and Aristotle. Legend believes that cheese was "discovered" by a young Arab nomad who was traveling by horseback across the dessert. At the time milk was stored and transported in sacks made from animal skins, and as the horse galloped it churned the milk separating the curd from the whey. When the nomad stopped for a drink he was met by the pale watery liquid and edible lumps of curd. The technique - that involves expelling the water from milk, salting the milk, and demineralizing the milk's sugar compounds - was adapted all over Europe and the Middle East by the ancient Greeks, Romans, and Middle Aged monks. Today there are many different kinds, so grab a hunk of your favorite and enjoy National Cheese Day!