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What is That Crunch in My Romano Cheese?

For a man on a limited income, treats come at a high price. Rarely do I get to splurge. One of my more curious treats is a wedge of imported Romano cheese. Tangy, flavorful, and having a firm, yet most delicate crumbling texture, I savor each bite.

Interestingly, there are very tiny crunches in each mouthful, very tiny indeed. Surprisingly, they don't subtract from, but add to the experience of eating a delicious imported cheese.

I decided to investigate. Surely others must have taken note of this interesting phenomenon. And, of course, I was right. What is the cause of the crunch? It is tiny crystals of a pure compound which forms as part of the cheese.

Those crystals are calcium lactate.

Doubtless you've heard of lactose (milk sugar) and lactic acid. Calcium lactate is the calcium salt of lactic acid. Certain health benefits are attributed to the eating of calcium lactate. After all, it is a natural, organic calcium supplement! Do you find yourself wanting to eat imported cheeses, too?

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MegL wrote on September 19, 2018, 1:13 PM

I love cheese of most kinds (though not blue cheese). Some of the very mature cheeses have tiny crystals in them. I always assumed it was salt - and so it was, except I assumed it was sodium chloride!

VinceSummers wrote on September 19, 2018, 1:20 PM

I don't eat blue cheese, plain. However I love cubes of the stuff in blue cheese dressing.

VinceSummers wrote on September 19, 2018, 1:20 PM

By the way, did you enjoy the image? I will try to make more for PP.

MegL wrote on September 19, 2018, 6:38 PM

Images are always good, especially original images!

lookatdesktop wrote on September 19, 2018, 10:23 PM

I think molecular models are a good thing but somewhat complicated to me. I find them a useful way to illustrate the way atoms form bonds into molecules of different chemical structures, but they do seem a bit abstract and to the inexperienced person they are not so easy to understand. I mean, I can look at a microscopic image from a electron microscope for instance and see the complexity of it all but the molecular models are hard for me to understand, as I am not as well familiar with them. I need to find a chart of basic molecular structure to study. I also need a wall sized chart of the elements. I have seen some of your molecular models on your posts at Quirky Science and they are very easy to understand at least from a graphical standpoint. But like so many technical things, like a basic math formula, to the lay person they can be as abstract as a piece of modern art. I find that looking at a printed circuit is also like looking at a geometric fractal. Very beautiful and complex, but so hard to understand the patterns and logic behind them.

Last Edited: September 19, 2018, 10:26 PM

VinceSummers wrote on September 19, 2018, 11:08 PM

An honest comment! Well spoken, Anthony.