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World's oldest cheese found in Egyptian tomb

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Aging usually improves the flavor of cheese, but that's not why some very old cheese discovered in an Egyptian tomb is drawing attention. Instead, it's thought to be the most ancient solid cheese ever found, according to a study published in ACS' journal Analytical Chemistry.

The tomb of Ptahmes, mayor of Memphis in Egypt during the 13th century BC, was initially unearthed in 1885. After being lost under drifting sands, it was rediscovered in 2010, and archeologists found broken jars at the site a few years later. One jar contained a solidified whitish mass, as well as canvas fabric that might have covered the jar or been used to preserve its contents. Enrico Greco and colleagues wanted to analyze the whitish substance to determine its identity.

https://phys.org/news/2018-08-world-oldest-cheese-egyptian-tomb.html

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sci-nerd

Does that mean you can't eat it? :angry:

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susieice

I wouldn't. It's unidentified :o  Who knows what it's made from. I know they found honey in tombs that was good. I'm not so sure about cheese. But then, people wanted to drink mummy juice.

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DebDandelion
5 hours ago, susieice said:

I wouldn't. It's unidentified :o  Who knows what it's made from. I know they found honey in tombs that was good. I'm not so sure about cheese. But then, people wanted to drink mummy juice.

Eeereeeeeeeeuw to mummy juice

And #ponder...can we still call it cheese..?

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GlitterRose

At least old cheese isn't really...bad news. 

It's just odd news.

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freetoroam
On 17/08/2018 at 11:49 PM, susieice said:

I prefer the spreadable type, i too will pass.

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Bunzilla

I find cheese that's more than two years old gets too dry for me. I think I'll also pass.

Cool discovery though! Makes me wonder just how long ago we invented cheese.

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pallidin

Perhaps the real question is:

Which wine would you recommend?

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Timothy
2 hours ago, pallidin said:

Perhaps the real question is:

Which wine would you recommend?

There’s a lovely 350-325 AD vintage you might like, in an unopened 1.5 litre bottle. Unsure of the price though...

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Speyer_wine_bottle

 

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paperdyer

Will it make good cheese curds? If it's fresh I mean.  If so, you'll need a good beer, not wine.

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