How Was Cheese First Discovered?

It is believed that 3,500 years ago, an Asian traveler set out on a long journey across a hot desert. He probably carried a canteen filled with milk to satisfy his thirst. At that time, canteens were made from the linings of sheep’s stomachs, since they were waterproof.

When the traveler stopped to rest for the evening, he probably found his canteen filled with a solid white mass. This was cheese.

What had happened was that some of the sheep’s digestive juices, or rennet, had probably dried up in the animal’s stomach and had remained there long after the sheep was killed.

The rennet was still in the stomach during its use as a canteen. The action of the rennet upon the milk is what produced the cheese.

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2 thoughts on “How Was Cheese First Discovered?”

  1. cheese is made by addition of rennet, it is found in calf’s fourth stomach. the renin you speak about is an alternative of rennet that is used in cheese making for vegetarians

  2. It doesn’t matter if it was a accident… CHEESE STILL TASTES GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!! (i know a friend that loves milk but hates cheese, how is that possible?) LOL

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