Mystery of disappearing holes in Swiss cheese solved

In a series of tests, scientists added different amounts of hay dust to the milk and discovered it allowed them to regulate the number of holes.

By: Associated Press | Berlin | Published:May 30, 2015 6:58 pm
Switzerland cheese, switzerland cheese mystery, swiztzerland news, cheese mystery solved, swizz cheese, swizz cheesse mystery, swizz cheese holes, swizz cheese holes missing, swizz cheese mystery, FILE – This undated file photo shows two slices of the famed Swiss Emmental cheese. The mystery of the disappearing holes in the famous Swiss cheese has been solved: the milk is too clean. (Source: Keystone via AP)

 

The mystery of Swiss cheese and its disappearing holes has been solved: The milk’s too clean.

A Swiss agricultural institute discovered that tiny specks of hay are responsible for the famous holes in cheeses like Emmentaler or Appenzeller. As milk matures into cheese these “microscopically small hay particles” help create the holes in the traditional Swiss cheese varieties.

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The government-funded Agroscope institute said in a statement on Thursday that the transition from age-old milking methods in barns to fully-automated, industrial milking systems had caused holes to decline during the last 15 years.

In a series of tests, scientists added different amounts of hay dust to the milk and discovered it allowed them to regulate the number of holes.

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