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(NPR)   Mimolette, a pretentious French cheese, gets its distinctive taste from cheese mites that live inside it. The FDA thinks importing cheese with live bugs is dangerous, and for some reason people are upset they can't get French bug cheese   (npr.org) divider line 170
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2013-05-11 07:37:03 PM
Send them Courtney Love's underpants.

/ yes, she DOES wear them
// she has to ever since Love v. Love's overpants
 
2013-05-11 07:51:40 PM

markie_farkie: Gotta wonder who the first person who saw that and thought "Yum" was thinking...


When it comes to anything that looks awful...this stuff...1000 year old eggs...lobster...my answer has always been : a dare.
 
2013-05-11 07:54:40 PM

durbnpoisn: If you took the time to look through the electron microscope pictures of what is already in your mouth, belly, swimming over your eyes, living in your pillow, etc etc... you probably would be mortified.

Well, be mortified.  Because these little tiny monsters have been here for longer than us.  And we couldn't live 2 minutes without them.  I'm afraid you are just going to have to deal with it.


I'll never forget college biology freshman year. Professor is going over bacteria, and how they are on your skin, in your mouth, gut, etc. and how you need them to survive.

Dumb ass cheerleader type chick says loudly, "Not in MY body!"

Teacher looked at her like she was a fool for a moment, then stated that she must not be alive then, and resumed teaching.
 
Ral
2013-05-11 07:55:33 PM

Cerebral Knievel: and of course, people east sashimi all the time with out issue for the most part, And I can just about eat my own weight in sushi/sashimi in a sitting...


There's a BIG difference with sashimi, however.  In the United States, fish sold for the purpose of being eaten raw (sashimi grade) is required to have undergone a flash-freezing process of a specific type that kills any parasites in it.

Other meats intended to be cooked, such as beef, are not similarly restricted.

Sashimi in this country is a lot safer than people may think.  And yes, this means that your raw sashimi fish has been previously frozen.  It's not the same kind of frozen as sticking it in your freezer, however, which is why it tastes fresh.
 
2013-05-11 07:57:06 PM
Can't it just be irradiated?
 
2013-05-11 07:59:59 PM

The One True TheDavid: Cheese mites look like this.




No thanks. And I love "weird" food.


Delicious.and to think, we breathe in, and eat, and are host to, millions and even billions of similar things (mites).
 
2013-05-11 08:01:25 PM
My shoes make a squicking sound on hardwood.
 
2013-05-11 08:04:06 PM

Glendale: markie_farkie: Then there's corn smut, or huitlacoche.  Fungus-based disease that infects corn and makes the kernels go all cancerous, crazy, tumorish..

[www.mexicoguru.com image 800x600]
[www.thesneeze.com image 300x345]

[3.bp.blogspot.com image 792x586]

Gotta wonder who the first person who saw that and thought "Yum" was thinking...

[www.thesneeze.com image 300x342]


Yum indeed.  Breakfast, lunch or dinner this shiates good.
 
2013-05-11 08:09:44 PM

Mister Peejay: Google three month fish...


I tried but only got articles about Chinese fishing bans. However, going by the name I'm guessing it's some Scandinavian horror like lutefisk or hakarl.
 
2013-05-11 08:19:23 PM

radarlove: Jesus Christ, it's like you people have never heard of a colloquial homonym before.

fusillade762: [kaleidoscope.cultural-china.com image 500x375]

Oh LAWD, is that some tasty chinese eggs boiled in the piss of a hundred little boys?!

/Breakfast of pedophile fetishists!


No, those are century eggs.  You're thinking about virgin eggs.
 
2013-05-11 08:33:48 PM
Most disgusting thing I've ever eaten was a small, whole pickled squid in Japan.  It popped in my mouth and delivered a rush of tangy sea water with what tasted like dirt in it.  It was all I could do to choke it down.  I was staying with my friend's family, and her dad LOVED them, but the mom was like "Oh god, those are disgusting".

Don't think I could eat maggoty cheese until I was starving to death, though.
 
2013-05-11 08:37:18 PM

darwinpolice: markie_farkie: Then there's corn smut, or huitlacoche.  Fungus-based disease that infects corn and makes the kernels go all cancerous, crazy, tumorish..

[www.mexicoguru.com image 800x600]
[www.thesneeze.com image 300x345]

[3.bp.blogspot.com image 792x586]

Gotta wonder who the first person who saw that and thought "Yum" was thinking...

That is the most disgusting-looking crap ever, but I've had it in Mexican dishes in New Mexico a couple of times and it's actually kind of tasty.

I think the first person ever to look at a lobster and think "Yes, that should go in my belly" must've been the hungriest person in the history of hunger.




Puts on my TMYK hat. Lobster started as a poor man's dish in the depression. It was a cheap plentiful protein.
 
2013-05-11 08:38:32 PM

Korzine: Mister Peejay: Google three month fish...

I tried but only got articles about Chinese fishing bans. However, going by the name I'm guessing it's some Scandinavian horror like lutefisk or hakarl.


Hmm... you're right.

Here you go.

Eskimo, actually.  Short version is that they had a three month window to catch fish before everything froze, so the first month they would store a little and eat most of the catch, until the third month when they were storing most of the catch.  The "three month fish" is the fish that was sitting out for three months before freezing, and was treated as a fine delicacy.
 
2013-05-11 08:40:18 PM
Constable Clitoris suggests that a label should put on the cheese:

"Warning: contains cheese mites"
 
2013-05-11 09:18:48 PM

Mister Peejay: Korzine: Mister Peejay: Google three month fish...

I tried but only got articles about Chinese fishing bans. However, going by the name I'm guessing it's some Scandinavian horror like lutefisk or hakarl.

Hmm... you're right.

Here you go.

Eskimo, actually.  Short version is that they had a three month window to catch fish before everything froze, so the first month they would store a little and eat most of the catch, until the third month when they were storing most of the catch.  The "three month fish" is the fish that was sitting out for three months before freezing, and was treated as a fine delicacy.


Ah, I have to wonder if after eating so much fish you'll eventually do anything to try to alter the flavor a bit.

bborchar: Most disgusting thing I've ever eaten was a small, whole pickled squid in Japan.  It popped in my mouth and delivered a rush of tangy sea water with what tasted like dirt in it.  It was all I could do to choke it down.  I was staying with my friend's family, and her dad LOVED them, but the mom was like "Oh god, those are disgusting".

Don't think I could eat maggoty cheese until I was starving to death, though.


I lived in South Korea nearly two decades ago. The first time someone told me live octopus was a delicacy I thought they were messing with me. Never got the courage to try it myself, I had enough problems not choking on those sweet rice cakes with the bean paste in them.
 
2013-05-11 09:26:03 PM
Cheese mites look like this.

awww, so cute
 
2013-05-11 09:34:42 PM
That's French Arachnid Cheese, thank you very much.
 
2013-05-11 09:35:47 PM

markie_farkie: Then there's corn smut, or huitlacoche.  Fungus-based disease that infects corn and makes the kernels go all cancerous, crazy, tumorish..

[www.mexicoguru.com image 800x600]
[www.thesneeze.com image 300x345]

[3.bp.blogspot.com image 792x586]

Gotta wonder who the first person who saw that and thought "Yum" was thinking...


Hmm, so maybe that's what Kurt Cobain was singing about.
 
2013-05-11 09:38:02 PM

Cerebral Knievel: and of course, people east sashimi all the time with out issue for the most part


I make my own sushi with fish I buy at Wegmans (though I wouldn't trust many stores' fish counters for this). The fact I haven't died from that after many tries was what led me to shrug and say 'live fast, take chances' with the burger. That and the restaurant has been there a long time so if they were being shady I think they would have been caught by now.
 
2013-05-11 09:43:20 PM

LandOfChocolate: How exactly is this cheese pretentious?


Because it only has one name. Bono, Sting, Jewel, Madonna, Mimolette. See a pattern there?

Colby Jack is the least pretentious of all the cheeses. No fancy hard to pronounce name. No bugs. Just good old school cheese. No more, no less.

/$1 to GC
 
2013-05-11 09:59:02 PM

ladyfortuna: Cerebral Knievel: and of course, people east sashimi all the time with out issue for the most part

I make my own sushi with fish I buy at Wegmans (though I wouldn't trust many stores' fish counters for this). The fact I haven't died from that after many tries was what led me to shrug and say 'live fast, take chances' with the burger. That and the restaurant has been there a long time so if they were being shady I think they would have been caught by now.


yep, my biggest point in what I was trying to say in my post above, and I've read all the responces to it, so folks, don't think I'm blowing off your comments...

what I was more or less trying to say that humans, for the most part are set up for eating raw meat. We are the omnivors and the ultimate apex preditor on land after all, and we can rain death on to the seas by bringing the land with us in the form of boats...

we can eat just about anything that we can shove into our gaping maws.. that is the whole point of it all..

Of course, Humans learning to cook food, thereby sanitizing it, is a huge part of our evolutionary development, and must never be discounted..
 
2013-05-11 10:10:51 PM
It's rotted partially digested milk that's been left on a shelf for several years. Yet people are squeamish about some mites...
 
2013-05-11 10:21:29 PM

Target Builder: It's rotted partially digested milk that's been left on a shelf for several years. Yet people are squeamish about some mites...


Great, just when I was thinking about making myself a cheeseburger...

/I use Gorgonzola cheese
//hard to tell when it's moldy
///well, the wrong kind of mold
 
2013-05-11 10:30:01 PM

ladyfortuna: I was in fact shocked when I ordered a burger medium-rare at a local restaurant recently and it was freakin' squishy in the middle. Since I fear sending things back to the kitchen and they probably would have made it into a hockey puck anyway, I sucked it up and ate it. My dad has told me stories about loving steak tartare at some restaurant in Cleveland in the 70s, so I figured the odds were pretty low I'd actually get sick from it. It was pretty tasty, but it was a very odd sensation.


Rare cuts of steak are one thing. Rare ground beef is far riskier just due to how it's made and the increased risk of something gross being in there. You gotta cook that sh*t. Not well-done, but at least to a good internal temp.

Come after my rare NY strip though, and I'll cut ya.

/in some states it's technically illegal for a restaurant to cook a burger below a certain temp. South Carolina was one of them when I went to school there in the 90s. Others won't do it just for liability reasons.
//however, no one seems to have a problem with raw oysters, which I eat at least weekly.
 
2013-05-11 10:34:17 PM
I'm pretty sure this is the cheese Calvin would serve Susie
 
2013-05-11 10:37:54 PM

RexTalionis: Nabb1: Oops. I'm sure they were thinking, "Our entire corn harvest looks like this. Oh, we'll, I guess it's this or starvation."

Americans today have the luxury of throwing away food willy nilly. Most people elsewhere don't.


[citationneeded.jpg]
 
2013-05-11 10:38:33 PM
Well, in their defense we already import plenty of food from China that has maggots, bugs, worms, poison (ostensibly to kill the other stuff) or worse.  So why should France be any different?
 
2013-05-11 10:41:43 PM
Anyone who thinks cheese is pretentious is a moron.
 
2013-05-11 10:43:27 PM

markie_farkie: Then there's corn smut, or huitlacoche.  Fungus-based disease that infects corn and makes the kernels go all cancerous, crazy, tumorish..

[www.mexicoguru.com image 800x600]
[www.thesneeze.com image 300x345]

[3.bp.blogspot.com image 792x586]

Gotta wonder who the first person who saw that and thought "Yum" was thinking...


My foreskin looked like that this morning.
 
2013-05-11 10:45:50 PM
My food science professor handed these out in class. They also have a chedder cheese flavor.
farm4.static.flickr.com
 
2013-05-11 10:48:48 PM
Cerebral Knievel:

 that humans, for the most part are set up for eating raw meat.

And don't forget, you are raw meat.
 
2013-05-11 11:00:14 PM

coco ebert: Anyone who thinks cheese is pretentious is a moron.


and anyone who;s really worried about cheese mites hasn't pondered where alcohol comes from.
 
2013-05-11 11:00:24 PM
dickfreckle:

no one seems to have a problem with raw oysters, which I eat at least weekly.

Raw oysters are great if you want hepatitis A, cellulitis or septicemia, norovirus...

Why not just eat fresh cat poop from leaf piles like my puppy did? And dog poop, and squirrel poop, and ferret poop, and possum poop... Look at is this way: it's free, it's abundant and easy to find, and very few hipsters have caught on to it yet.

Poop. The food of the future.
 
2013-05-11 11:05:49 PM

utharda: coco ebert:

Anyone who thinks cheese is pretentious is a moron.

and anyone who;s really worried about cheese mites hasn't pondered where alcohol comes from.


But alcohol kills germs. And bedbugs, slugs, roaches and spiders, so it'll probably kill cheese mites too.

Poop: the future of haute cuisine.
 
2013-05-11 11:12:46 PM
If it's not Stilton, it's not real cheese.

/Now that's pretentious!
 
rka
2013-05-11 11:13:57 PM
You can probably have all the American mite infected cheese you want. However importing foreign mites will raise an eyebrow at the FDA and the USDA.

Most countries frown on introducing foreign species into their ecosystem.
 
2013-05-11 11:23:19 PM
Soylent green is people.

/just sayin'
 
2013-05-12 12:01:35 AM

lokis_mentor: utah dude: so irradiate it before it hits US shores. gosh people. stop making an issue where there's a technological fix available. cesium the day!

Or Do as the Russians do.  Radiate as you eat.  Polonium FTW!


In [former Warsaw-pact country that triggers fark filter], cheese irradiates you?
 
2013-05-12 12:08:37 AM

The One True TheDavid: utharda: coco ebert:

Anyone who thinks cheese is pretentious is a moron.

and anyone who;s really worried about cheese mites hasn't pondered where alcohol comes from.

But alcohol kills germs. And bedbugs, slugs, roaches and spiders, so it'll probably kill cheese mites too.

Poop: the future of haute cuisine.


You joke but...
 
2013-05-12 12:15:15 AM

Tanthalas39: RexTalionis: Nabb1: Oops. I'm sure they were thinking, "Our entire corn harvest looks like this. Oh, we'll, I guess it's this or starvation."

Americans today have the luxury of throwing away food willy nilly. Most people elsewhere don't.

[citationneeded.jpg]


Citation? It may be just a single case, but I bet this kid would have eaten funny-looking corn had he been given the opportunity:

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-05-12 12:22:12 AM

jshine: Tanthalas39: RexTalionis: Nabb1: Oops. I'm sure they were thinking, "Our entire corn harvest looks like this. Oh, we'll, I guess it's this or starvation."

Americans today have the luxury of throwing away food willy nilly. Most people elsewhere don't.

[citationneeded.jpg]

Citation? It may be just a single case, but I bet this kid would have eaten funny-looking corn had he been given the opportunity:

[upload.wikimedia.org image 300x191]


For the love of Pete, he has poultry almost within arm's reach and he won't touch it. More finicky than Mikey.
 
2013-05-12 12:58:08 AM
Ew, little crawly things on cheese? That's disgusting, let's not have that on any cheese.

/What do you mean that's how cheese is made. I thought fairies did it.
 
2013-05-12 01:04:48 AM

Korzine: Mister Peejay: Korzine: Mister Peejay: Google three month fish...

I tried but only got articles about Chinese fishing bans. However, going by the name I'm guessing it's some Scandinavian horror like lutefisk or hakarl.

Hmm... you're right.

Here you go.

Eskimo, actually.  Short version is that they had a three month window to catch fish before everything froze, so the first month they would store a little and eat most of the catch, until the third month when they were storing most of the catch.  The "three month fish" is the fish that was sitting out for three months before freezing, and was treated as a fine delicacy.

Ah, I have to wonder if after eating so much fish you'll eventually do anything to try to alter the flavor a bit.

bborchar: Most disgusting thing I've ever eaten was a small, whole pickled squid in Japan.  It popped in my mouth and delivered a rush of tangy sea water with what tasted like dirt in it.  It was all I could do to choke it down.  I was staying with my friend's family, and her dad LOVED them, but the mom was like "Oh god, those are disgusting".

Don't think I could eat maggoty cheese until I was starving to death, though.

I lived in South Korea nearly two decades ago. The first time someone told me live octopus was a delicacy I thought they were messing with me. Never got the courage to try it myself, I had enough problems not choking on those sweet rice cakes with the bean paste in them.


See, I actually love mochi and anpan.  I found very few things that I outright didn't like (raw goya is disgusting, but if you good it right, it has a decent taste to it).  I actually didn't know anyone else that liked those suckers except my friend's dad, and since I was spending the weekend with them it would have been rude for me to refuse.  I think he was impressed that an American would try it.
 
2013-05-12 01:17:30 AM

Fano: jshine: Tanthalas39: RexTalionis: Nabb1: Oops. I'm sure they were thinking, "Our entire corn harvest looks like this. Oh, we'll, I guess it's this or starvation."

Americans today have the luxury of throwing away food willy nilly. Most people elsewhere don't.

[citationneeded.jpg]

Citation? It may be just a single case, but I bet this kid would have eaten funny-looking corn had he been given the opportunity:

[upload.wikimedia.org image 300x191]

For the love of Pete, he has poultry almost within arm's reach and he won't touch it. More finicky than Mikey.


Right? Pluck that sumbiatch and roast it up.
 
2013-05-12 01:43:44 AM
Don't eat commercial mushrooms then.


I can't even bring Norvegia cheese back to the US- it isn't pasteurized.

And Kinder Eggs- totally illegal in the US.
 
2013-05-12 01:47:48 AM

profplump: We could just irradiate food


Yeah? Well enjoy your giant, radioactive mutant cheese mites, pal !
 
2013-05-12 01:53:58 AM
What the f*ck is wrong with French people? Seriously, they make Germans seem well-adjusted and tasteful.
 
2013-05-12 01:58:13 AM

joeshlabotnik: Mimolette is great! It's kind of like a gouda-y cheddar. Nothing pretentious or weird about it. It's just cheese. The mites that some of you are so icked out about are microscopically invisible; you'd have no idea they were there unless you read it here on Fark. You probably have worse in your mouth right now.


And if I spit on your Mimolette, would you eat it?
 
2013-05-12 02:20:37 AM
Mimolette is not pretentious, cheese mites are harmless, and the only cheese that doesn't have things living in is the one you spray from a can.
Bon appetit!
 
2013-05-12 02:37:39 AM

Dansker: Mimolette is not pretentious, cheese mites are harmless, and the only cheese that doesn't have things living in is the one you spray from a can.
Bon appetit!


Most cheese isn't made with living micro-organisms as an integral part of the process.

Milk for cheese is (generally) curdled with enzymes which may be derived from plant or animal sources, but the enzymes are not alive.
 
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