While eating my lunch today, I started wondering: “how is cottage cheese made?” (and “how on earth did people answer these questions before the web? I mean really, how many people would go to the library to look up something about cottage cheese? And I’m a big library patron, it’s just that when I’m there, cottage cheese is not typically on my mind.”)

A few minutes later, I was looking at the Lancewood Farm Cheese page, with slideshows of how cheddar, cream and cottage cheese are made, at least by this one company in New Zealand.

I also found some instructions for making cottage cheese at home.

Posted on September 24th, 2002 by Katxena

3 Comments a “Wow”

  1. acm says:

    well, the “home library” equivalent would be the encyclopedia. when i was growing up, we had a full set of World Book right by the kitchen table to answer just such questions. later, I had a single-volume Compton’s Encyclopedia to give it a shot…

    but the web is *so* much better. on the other hand, what is the incentive to remember anything? ;)

  2. Katxena says:

    We didn’t have an encyclopedia set. We did have a LARGE dictionary that had a surprising amount of information in it, but no encyclopedia. Remembering the cottage cheese question at the library would have been the only way for me to go as a child.

    Oddly, this entire conversation has really brought home for me what is meant by the “technological divide.” Not that I didn’t understand it intellecutally before, but I can see how the ease with which questions like this can be answered on the web (and ideally, in one’s home) really would make a cummulative difference in one’s human capital.

  3. eric says:

    Here’s my simple description of making cottage cheese at home:

    And a blurry picture:

    It’s very simple and cost-effective. And, even for someone like me who thinks cottage cheese right our of the plastic tub is heaven, the taste is incredible.