Fact File: Who invented cheese? Date of Invention: c. 7,500 BCE *** Name of Inventor: Unknown *** Historical Period: Neolithic Period (10,200 - 3000 BC) *** Category: Food and Drink *** Country of Origin: Kujawy, Poland *** The Invention of
Fact 1: Who invented cheese? The name of the inventor of Cheese is unknown but it is believed to have been invented in c. 7,500 BCE
in Poland, Central Europe, during the Neolithic Period (10,200 - 3000 BC) era of
Fact 2: Who invented cheese? Prior to the invention,
c. 7,500 BCE, farms were slowly being established and livestock such as cows and
goats were being kept.
Fact 3: Who invented cheese? Goats were most likely the first dairy
animals ever domesticated. Aurochs, which were the wild ancestors of
domesticated cows, that ranged over large areas of Europe, Asia and North Africa
followed. Goats and cattle became a prime source of food in many ancient
Fact 4: Who invented cheese? The milking of cows followed the
domestication of cattle and evidence has been found that the Lusatian,
Mesopotamian and Ancient Egyptian farms, villages and fortified settlements all
developed was of processing dairy products. The Ancient Chinese are one of the
very few ancient societies that, due to a lack of suitable grazing, did not
develop some sort of reliance on milk.
Fact 5: Who invented cheese? Animals gave milk but it would quickly
sour, especially in warm or hot weather. Milk was not a product that could
be stored for a long period of time.
Fact 6: Who invented cheese? The invention was probably accidental. In
ancient times liquids, such as water or milk, were transported in sheep or cow
stomachs. It is probable that someone placed a ration of milk into such as
carrier made from a cow's stomach to take it on a short journey and accidentally
Fact 7: Who invented cheese? The inner membrane of the cow's stomach
produced rennet, a substance containing the enzyme rennin which has the property
of clotting, or curdling, milk. The rennet and the hot sun would have caused his
milk to separate into the thin, watery part of milk called whey and lumpy curds
Fact 8: Who invented cheese? Not wanting to waste his ration of milk, he
would have drunk the whey, which he would have found quite refreshing, and ate
the curds that he would have found very tasty.
Fact 9: Who invented cheese? Once people had discovered cheese they found
that it allowed the preservation of milk in a non-perishable form, was easily
transportable and digestible. Cheese soon became a valuable commodity for early,
Fact 10: Who invented cheese? Various ancient civilizations developed
early cheese making techniques. Perforated vessels, that probably served as
sieves, were used for separating curds from whey and cheese. Cheeses were stored
in pottery bowls that were sealed in clay for preservation purposes.
Fact 11: Who invented cheese? By the time of the Roman Empire,
cheese-making had become a widespread, highly valued process and mass produced
throughout Europe and the Middle East.
Fact 12: Who invented cheese? Cheese-makers knew how to press, ripen, and
cure fresh cheeses to ensure their preservation for long periods.
Fact 13: Who invented cheese? Each country developed different types of
cheese that reflected local ingredients and conditions. Herbs, spices, dried
fruits or mushrooms were added to the curds, or infused in the milk, to provide
unusual and distinctive tastes. Some even developed a technique to produce
vegetable rennet from fig leaves, wild artichokes, safflower, or even melon.
Fact 14: Who invented cheese? Two main types of cheeses emerged: soft
cheeses and hard cheeses. Soft cheeses, intended for immediate consumption,
included Brie, Camembert, Ricotta and cottage. Hard cheeses included Cheddar,
Edam, Gouda, Gruyère, Emmental.
Fact 15: Who invented cheese? Roquefort blue cheese, infested with a mold
called penicillium roqueforti, dates back to the 7th century. Stilton and
Gorgonzola also owe their blue veins or marbling to molds.
Fact 16: Who invented cheese? Famous names of cheeses include Gorgonzola
Cheese, that was made for the first time in 879 AD in the Pro Valley, Italy. The
first Cheddar cheese was made c1180 in England. Emmental Cheese was first made
in Switzerland during the early 1300's.
Fact 17: Who invented cheese? Cheese has been produced in America since
early in the 17th century when English Puritans brought their knowledge of
cheesemaking to the English colonies of the New World.
Fact 18: Who invented cheese? In 1851, Jesse Williams of Rome, Georgia in
the United States opened the first the cheese factory and introduced the
large-scale production of cheeses, producing 100,000 pounds of cheese in its
Fact 19: Who invented cheese?
Fact 18: Who invented cheese? In 1903 J.L. Kraft, started his cheese
business in Chicago by Kraft began producing processed cheese in tins which they
supplied to the U.S. Government for the armed forces during World War I (1914 -
Fact 20: Who invented cheese? In modern times cheese remains one of the
principal agricultural products of the world.
Fast Info and Fact File: Who invented cheese? Country of Origin: Poland *** Name of Inventor: Unknown *** Nationality of Inventor: Polish *** Date of Invention: c. 7,500 BCE *** Invention Era: Neolithic Period (10,200 - 3000 BC).