Less fat cheese
What is less fat cheese?
Cheese, like many other products, is available with a high fat percentage or a low fat percentage. The cheese industry has given names to this that are not too clear in our opinion. 20+ 30+ 50+, it’s not always easy to understand what that means. And that’s why we’re going to explain it to you.
Age, number of holes or amount of fat?
Wherever you buy cheese, there are always numbers and pluses behind it. Does that mean how many holes there are in your cheese? Or how old is the cheese now?
That’s how it is!
Cheese consists for a considerable part of water. If you have a kilo of cheese, 400 grams of it is water, so about 40%.
This leaves us with 600 grams of cheese. If you have a 50+ cheese, this means that 50% percent of this 600 grams of cheese is fat. So maybe it would have been easier if we had called it 50% cheese? No, that comparison is wrong either. Because 50% fat from 60% cheese is a total of 33.3% fat.
We can therefore say that 50+ cheese consists of 33.3% fat. That’s quite complicated don’t you think? Who would have known that math class was useful for picking cheese?
From low-fat cheese to full-fat cheese
How do the cheese farmers produce all these different types of cheese? That starts with the milk. For example, semi-skimmed milk contains much less fat than whole milk. To bring the milk to a certain fat percentage, it is skimmed.
That’s a well-known saying, skim something off. The dictionary gives the following explanation for skimming: “The fat is skimmed off the milk to make butter” or “take the best of something”. in the past, the cream was manually extracted from milk. Nowadays this is done with a centrifuge. Due to the fast rotating movement, the gravity is higher, so that the lighter cream is separated from the heavier milk.
This method allows the cheese maker to determine the fat percentage of the cheese before making cheese.