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01.06.15

PATTERN EXPLORATION | SWISS CHEESE SECRETS

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The holes in Swiss cheeses such as Emmental are synonymous with our archetypal vision of the savoury delicacy. Scientists have learned what causes the bubble like cavities in the European cheese, after noticing a reduction in hole formation in recent times.

The holes are created as a result of tiny particles of hay reacting with the milk to produce carbon dioxide. With cheesemaking processes being removed from more natural environments as modern manufacturing takes over, these cheeses have begun to lose their signature crevices. Scientists have experimented with different catalysts for encouraging hole growth and have found hay and even meat to be particularly effective.

Find out more about Swiss Cheese production and the secret behind the perfect holes…