What causes cheese to squeak on my teeth?
March 26, 2012 8:36 AM Subscribe
What causes squeaky cheese?
posted by jay.eye.elle.elle. to Food & Drink (14 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Last night I got a veggie burrito from my ultimate favorite taqueria just a few blocks from my place. I'm assuming because it was veggie the vegetables are as hot as cooked meat the cheese wasn't melted as well. All fine and well. The cheese in mine was still in thick square chunks and I noticed as I was chewing that the cheese was squeaking against my teeth as I chewed. And the squeak was clearly audible. Why?
Is it just poor quality cheese? Or are there certain varieties that are more, erm, squeaky than others (though this didn't taste all that different)? Are there certain chemicals used in processing that would add a squeakiness factor? Is it just really dense? Low milk to curd ratio? How long it's be curing?
I went veg a couple months ago cause I kinda came around to acknowledging how many hormones and antibiotics and chemicals are involved in the livestock industry. Obviously whatever impurities in the cow are gonna get into the cheese too, but I haven't been able to jettison cheese yet cause cheese is just too damn good. (And really, what would I have left in life with no cheese??)
So second part... How bad is it to eat the aforementioned squeaky cheese?