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Ask the Monger: Why Do Some Cheeses Get Runnier With Age?


Why do some cheeses get firmer as they age, while other cheeses get runnier? We delve into the science behind your favorite wedges.

The Chemistry of the Crunch


Culture contributor Pat Polowsky unravels the science and mystery of cheese crystals.

Art or Science: Reflections on Cheesemaking


Crafting a quality cheese is a daily lesson: A lesson in perseverance, patience, and people. I joined South Africa’s Klein River Cheese in June 2015 as a recently qualified food scientist; it was my first (real) job. The experience has been a challenge and a delight. When asked what it’s like to work here, the […]

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We Dig Figs


Figs are grown commercially in California, Texas, Utah, Oregon, and Washington. They can also be found at farmers’ markets in states with warmer climates.

Why Copper Vats Matter


Why are so many iconic aged cheeses made using copper vats?

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Researchers Find Chemicals in Mac and Cheese Powder


A new study finds potentially harmful phthalates in processed mac and cheese