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Rodent Cheese
image The French eat many unusual things (unusual from an American perspective). For instance, just a few months ago I tried a French cheese that had a layer of ash in it. I thought it was disgusting. Kind of like eating cheese mixed with cigarette butts. However, I'm pretty sure not even the French have refined the art of Rodent Cheese:

Welcome to the fascinating world of rat cheese. The art of making cheese from lactating rodents has never been more alive than today. Still considered by some to be a luxury of the few, fine rat cheeses are becoming ever more popular. Technological advances and mechanisation have made rat-milking a relatively simple task nowadays. All the same a herd of a five hundred or so dairy rats may still only produce about a pint (568ml) of milk a day. It is little wonder then that premium rat cheeses cost as much as 80 euros a gram in some Parisian restaurants.

A clue that the site is a joke comes in this bit of political humor found under Cheese Facts:

Famous Cheese-eaters
Perhaps the most famous consumer of rodent cheese is US President, George W Bush. And although he cannot spell, pronounce, or even remember it, Fromage des Merdes is said to be his favourite.


Thanks to Dave for the link.
Categories: Food
Posted by The Curator on Wed Apr 20, 2005
Comments (12)
The vision of a bunch of rats standing around with milkers hooked up to their teets caused me to bust out laughing while drinking my soda. Thanks, Alex, now I have to clean my computer screen.
Posted by Myst  on  Wed Apr 20, 2005  at  01:28 AM
Reminds me of the Simpsons episode when Fat Tony was selling rat milk to Springfield Elemenntary.

Yes, I know I watch too much TV...
Posted by Wally  in  La La Land  on  Wed Apr 20, 2005  at  01:38 AM
Thanks Wally, I was just thinking the same thing! LOL
Posted by Smerk  in  to mischief  on  Wed Apr 20, 2005  at  01:45 AM
ToT the poor rats!! I hope they were killed humanely. I love rats and all rodents....sniff
same goes for all food animals
Posted by Yushi  on  Wed Apr 20, 2005  at  01:51 AM
Animals must have recently given birth in order to be lactating, right? What happenes to all those baby rats? :( I don't know exactly how long a rat's gestation period is and how often they can breed, but it seems like the rats would have to get pregnant, have a baby, lactate for a few weeks, and then stop becaue they're ready to be pregnant again. It sounds like a very wasteful idea...
Posted by Katey  on  Wed Apr 20, 2005  at  08:47 AM
Once an animal starts lactating, it doesn't stop unless the baby is weaned. If a machine takes over (even in the case of rat teets), the animal would continually produce milk.
Posted by Maegan  in  Tampa, FL - USA  on  Wed Apr 20, 2005  at  10:23 AM
Milking rats isn't so hard; the difficulty is in getting up again after sitting on those really short little milking stools. . .
Posted by Accipiter  on  Wed Apr 20, 2005  at  11:19 AM
"Famous Cheese-eaters Perhaps the most famous consumer of rodent cheese is US President, George W. Bush." I warned you about the GWB/Ratmunch thing months ago, right here: http://www.geocities.com/pnttheleb/Rats Once again, I'm ahead of the mob.
Posted by Hairy Houdini  on  Wed Apr 20, 2005  at  06:25 PM
Cute about the 'Fromage des Merdes', but that strikes me as the key clue to this being a hoax. Rodent Cheese would translate as 'fromage de rongeur', what they have says Diarhea Cheese.
Posted by tiker_tape  in  Ottawa, Ontario, Canada  on  Wed Apr 20, 2005  at  06:34 PM
I got a pair of pet mice for last Valentine's Day, and seeing the eight little teet-spots on their undersides, I suggested to my girlfriend that we try to milk them and make cheese. I should have known I wasn't the first person to come up with the idea, huh?

The notion led me to ponder the fact that technically, you could make cheese from the milk of any mammal. I really sincerely wonder what human cheese would taste like.
Posted by Barghest  on  Wed Apr 20, 2005  at  11:19 PM
"What happenes to all those baby rats?"

They grow up to be members of the Bush administration, of course.
You're welcome, Hairy.
Posted by Big Gary C  in  Dallas, Texas  on  Thu Apr 21, 2005  at  06:31 PM
I'd guess the unwanted baby rats would be made into rat veal...better call PETA!
Posted by hippievet  on  Thu Apr 21, 2005  at  08:00 PM
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