Eat Better Cheese With This At-Home Cheese Cave

Underground activity is vital to the world of fine cheeses. Cheesemongers use cheese caves to ripen their wares and keep them safely stored for optimal freshness, and your vegetable crisper just can’t compare. Caves are cool, and, most importantly, humid, keeping the cheese from drying out. 

Soon, you may be able to replicate those perfect cheese conditions in your own fridge, thanks to a mini cheese cave that its inventor says can fit in your fridge. (The exact dimensions haven't been released yet.) Called the Cheese Grotto, it controls for air flow, humidity, and temperature to make sure that your cheese stays comfy. When storing cheese, you’re looking for about 75 percent humidity, cheesemonger and inventor Jessica Sennet told Edible Brooklyn.

Cheese Grotto invites you into our world of optimal cheese storage,” the company’s website trumpets. Yes, please. Give it to me. My body is ready. 

The Cheese Grotto is made out of bamboo and has three levels that can each be adjusted for the perfect airflow for various types of cheese. The wooden boards that support each level in the cave can be pulled out and used as cutting boards, too. 

It’s still in prototype testing, unfortunately, so you can’t buy it just yet. It’s due out sometime this year, and the price is still TBA. In the meantime, the company also hosts cheese workshops and tastings. 

[h/t Edible Brooklyn]

All images courtesy Cheese Grotto

Everything You Need to Know About Food in One Book

If you find yourself mixing up nigiri and sashimi at sushi restaurants or don’t know which fruits are in season, then this is the book for you. Food & Drink Infographics, published by TASCHEN, is a colorful and comprehensive guide to all things food and drink.

The book combines tips and tricks with historical context about the ways in which different civilizations illustrated and documented the foods they ate, as well as how humans went from hunter-gatherers to modern-day epicureans. As for the infographics, there’s a helpful graphic explaining the number of servings provided by different cake sizes, a heat index of various chilies, a chart of cheeses, and a guide to Italian cold cuts, among other delectable charts.

The 480-page coffee table book, which can be purchased on Amazon for $56, is written in three languages: English, French, and German. The infographics themselves come from various sources, and the text is provided by Simone Klabin, a New York City-based writer and lecturer on film, art, culture, and children’s media.

Keep scrolling to see a few of the infographics featured in the book.

An infographic about cheese

An infographic about cakes
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An infographic about fruits in season
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'Lime Disease' Could Give You a Nasty Rash This Summer

A cold Corona or virgin margarita is best enjoyed by the pool, but watch where you’re squeezing those limes. As Slate illustrates in a new video, there’s a lesser-known “lime disease,” and it can give you a nasty skin rash if you’re not careful.

When lime juice comes into contact with your skin and is then exposed to UV rays, it can cause a chemical reaction that results in phytophotodermatitis. It looks a little like a poison ivy reaction or sun poisoning, and some of the symptoms include redness, blistering, and inflammation. It’s the same reaction caused by a corrosive sap on the giant hogweed, an invasive weed that’s spreading throughout the U.S.

"Lime disease" may sound random, but it’s a lot more common than you might think. Dermatologist Barry D. Goldman tells Slate he sees cases of the skin condition almost daily in the summer. Some people have even reported receiving second-degree burns as a result of the citric acid from lime juice. According to the Mayo Clinic, the chemical that causes phytophotodermatitis can also be found in wild parsnip, wild dill, wild parsley, buttercups, and other citrus fruits.

To play it safe, keep your limes confined to the great indoors or wash your hands with soap after handling the fruit. You can learn more about phytophotodermatitis by checking out Slate’s video below.

[h/t Slate]


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