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Ultimate Garlic Cheese

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What a cow eats changes the taste of the milk it produces.

A cow consuming a large proportion of garlic in its diet should therefore excrete galic flavours in its milk.

Take this milk and make it into soft cheese. Add extra garlic. Spread on crackers or toast. Enjoy.

8th of 7, Mar 06 2010


       SP. not fixed due to serendipitous suitability.
8th of 7, Mar 06 2010

       This is just a question: would the allicin get through the rumen unchanged, or would it even need to? Also, are you suggesting a pate de foie gras style approach, or do you anticipate that the kine would happily consume garlic without being persuaded?
nineteenthly, Mar 06 2010

       // allicin get through the rumen unchanged //   

       Probably. Got to be worth a try.   

       // kine would happily consume garlic //   

       Cows are pretty stupid creatures and will eat just about anything. If the cows won't eat it, goats are an alternative. They can be counted on to munch just about anything.
8th of 7, Mar 06 2010

       //They can be counted on to munch just about anything. — 8th of 7, Mar 06 2010 //...he said, slyly considering [nineteenthly] out of the corner of his eye.
jurist, Mar 06 2010

       Goats are probably doable. In terms of the rumen, i think the volatiles are likely to pass through straight into the internal environment, but there's another problem. Garlic kills micro-organisms very efficiently - i've got an agar plate in the front room right now to demonstrate that, totally devoid of visible cultures. It even kills eukaryotes, such as the protozoa in the rumen. I think to put enough garlic in for it to make the milk taste of anything would also kill microbes in the rumen, which i would expect to reduce milk yield.   

       On the other hand, you could try giving it to horses.   

       Ah, but [jurist], i don't lactate. It's not for lack of trying either!
nineteenthly, Mar 06 2010

       //...i don't lactate.//   

       Neither does garlic, [19thly].
jurist, Mar 06 2010

       // horses //   

       Or sheep ... ungulants rather than ruminants. Sheep's milk cheese is widely known to exist.
8th of 7, Mar 06 2010

       Sheep are ruminants. I don't know if any even-toed ungulates aren't, other than whales. But it doesn't matter because cheese can be made from mare's milk, and presumably also donkey, zebra, tapir and rhino.   

       Right: hippos, peccaries, pigs, camels, llamas, whales and dolphins.
nineteenthly, Mar 06 2010

       No, i want whale cheese now. Milked by the King in the coming monarchist utopia where he's a reiki master.
nineteenthly, Mar 06 2010

       Well, if people eat eggs...
nineteenthly, Mar 06 2010

       What do they get to inherit ?
8th of 7, Mar 06 2010

       Whale cheese probably is possible because cetacean milk has a similar job to bovine milk, only more so. It has to get a baby to grow to enormous size very quickly, so it must surely have loads of fat and protein. I personally would expect it to taste of krill, so sort of shrimpy i suppose.   

       Japanese cheese would be strictly for export, but it could maybe have cherry juice in it, as a coagulant perhaps? Or nigari.
nineteenthly, Mar 06 2010

       Seal milk has the highest fat content of any milk.
8th of 7, Mar 06 2010

       Protein is also important though, as that's what does the curdling.
nineteenthly, Mar 06 2010

       Yes, but you're only allowed to do that if you blindfold yourself, then throw the cheese in the air and slice the seal off cleanly with a single stroke of your katana...
8th of 7, Mar 06 2010

       It can and will be done, [Ian], maybe even this aften. Just need to find a whale. Maybe there's one in the Grand Union Canal.
nineteenthly, Mar 06 2010


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