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  1. #1
    Janet Bostwick Guest

    Default Cheese fire closes tunnel


    Truckload of burning cheese closes tunnel for five days

    What burns for five days and smells delicious? Why, Norwegian brown
    cheese, of course. A two-mile-long tunnel near the Norwegian town of
    Narvik was closed for five days after a truck containing 27 metric
    tons of brunost, a brown cheese that is a delicacy in Norway, caught
    fire last Thursday and was finally put out on Monday. The "high
    concentration of fat and sugar is almost like petrol if it gets hot
    enough," a policeman said of the burning cheese, which has a 30
    percent fat content and tastes like caramel (yum). An official for the
    country's public roads said it was the first time in his career that
    he'd seen cheese catch fire in a road.

    Janet US

  2. #2
    Thomas Guest

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    On Jan 23, 9:34*am, Janet Bostwick <nos...@cableone.net> wrote:
    > Truckload of burning cheese closes tunnel for five days



    Get me a huge fork and point me in the right direction...

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    Sqwertz Guest

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    On Wed, 23 Jan 2013 07:34:47 -0700, Janet Bostwick wrote:

    > Truckload of burning cheese closes tunnel for five days
    >
    > What burns for five days and smells delicious? Why, Norwegian brown
    > cheese, of course. A two-mile-long tunnel near the Norwegian town of
    > Narvik was closed for five days after a truck containing 27 metric
    > tons of brunost, a brown cheese that is a delicacy in Norway, caught
    > fire last Thursday and was finally put out on Monday. The "high
    > concentration of fat and sugar is almost like petrol if it gets hot
    > enough," a policeman said of the burning cheese, which has a 30
    > percent fat content and tastes like caramel (yum). An official for the
    > country's public roads said it was the first time in his career that
    > he'd seen cheese catch fire in a road.


    Really, that would be like a molten candle.

    I've never heard of the cheese but now I'll have to go seek it out.

    -sw

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    sf Guest

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    On Wed, 23 Jan 2013 07:34:47 -0700, Janet Bostwick
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >
    > Truckload of burning cheese closes tunnel for five days
    >

    I wonder how it caught on fire in the first place?

    --
    Food is an important part of a balanced diet.

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    S Viemeister Guest

    Default Re: Cheese fire closes tunnel

    On 1/23/2013 11:17 AM, sf wrote:
    > On Wed, 23 Jan 2013 07:34:47 -0700, Janet Bostwick
    > <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >>
    >> Truckload of burning cheese closes tunnel for five days
    >>

    > I wonder how it caught on fire in the first place?
    >

    Me, too. None of the reports I've read have mentioned that. I doubt it
    was spontaneous combustion...

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    Brooklyn1 Guest

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    Janet Bostwick wrote:
    >
    >Truckload of burning cheese closes tunnel for five days
    >
    >What burns for five days and smells delicious? Why, Norwegian brown
    >cheese, of course. A two-mile-long tunnel near the Norwegian town of
    >Narvik was closed for five days after a truck containing 27 metric
    >tons of brunost, a brown cheese that is a delicacy in Norway, caught
    >fire last Thursday and was finally put out on Monday. The "high
    >concentration of fat and sugar is almost like petrol if it gets hot
    >enough," a policeman said of the burning cheese, which has a 30
    >percent fat content and tastes like caramel (yum). An official for the
    >country's public roads said it was the first time in his career that
    >he'd seen cheese catch fire in a road.
    >
    >Janet US


    http://www.heavy.com/news/2013/01/ma...norway-tunnel/

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    Pete C. Guest

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    S Viemeister wrote:
    >
    > On 1/23/2013 11:17 AM, sf wrote:
    > > On Wed, 23 Jan 2013 07:34:47 -0700, Janet Bostwick
    > > <[email protected]> wrote:
    > >
    > >>
    > >> Truckload of burning cheese closes tunnel for five days
    > >>

    > > I wonder how it caught on fire in the first place?
    > >

    > Me, too. None of the reports I've read have mentioned that. I doubt it
    > was spontaneous combustion...


    They have some weird tunnel fires in Europe it seems. I recall they had
    a butter and flour tunnel fire that killed a bunch of people. Their
    trucks are a bit more compact over there and thus there is less
    separation between a truck on fire and the cargo. I recall the butter
    and flour fire was believed to be caused by a cigarette that got sucked
    into an air cleaner and set that on fire.

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    pavane Guest

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    "Sqwertz" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:1uj7zkvpfvcr0$.[email protected]..
    > On Wed, 23 Jan 2013 07:34:47 -0700, Janet Bostwick wrote:
    >
    >> Truckload of burning cheese closes tunnel for five days
    >>
    >> What burns for five days and smells delicious? Why, Norwegian brown
    >> cheese, of course. A two-mile-long tunnel near the Norwegian town of
    >> Narvik was closed for five days after a truck containing 27 metric
    >> tons of brunost, a brown cheese that is a delicacy in Norway, caught
    >> fire last Thursday and was finally put out on Monday. The "high
    >> concentration of fat and sugar is almost like petrol if it gets hot
    >> enough," a policeman said of the burning cheese, which has a 30
    >> percent fat content and tastes like caramel (yum). An official for the
    >> country's public roads said it was the first time in his career that
    >> he'd seen cheese catch fire in a road.

    >
    > Really, that would be like a molten candle.
    >
    > I've never heard of the cheese but now I'll have to go seek it out.


    The easiest to find Brunost ("brown cheese") is Gjetost,
    usually in a bright red smallish cube, which seems to be
    carried at most cheese outlets. An acquired taste.

    pavane


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    gloria p Guest

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    On 1/23/2013 10:58 AM, pavane wrote:
    >
    >
    > "Sqwertz" <[email protected]> wrote in message


    >> I've never heard of the cheese but now I'll have to go seek it out.

    >
    > The easiest to find Brunost ("brown cheese") is Gjetost,
    > usually in a bright red smallish cube, which seems to be
    > carried at most cheese outlets. An acquired taste.
    >
    > pavane



    In the U.S. it i sold in a really small cube. In Norway we saw
    it in blocks the size of large Velveeta. De-e-elicious!

    gloria p

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    sf Guest

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    On Wed, 23 Jan 2013 11:21:24 -0500, S Viemeister
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    > On 1/23/2013 11:17 AM, sf wrote:
    > > On Wed, 23 Jan 2013 07:34:47 -0700, Janet Bostwick
    > > <[email protected]> wrote:
    > >
    > >>
    > >> Truckload of burning cheese closes tunnel for five days
    > >>

    > > I wonder how it caught on fire in the first place?
    > >

    > Me, too. None of the reports I've read have mentioned that. I doubt it
    > was spontaneous combustion...


    eggsactly!

    --
    Food is an important part of a balanced diet.

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    Je▀us Guest

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    On Wed, 23 Jan 2013 07:34:47 -0700, Janet Bostwick
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >
    >Truckload of burning cheese closes tunnel for five days
    >
    >What burns for five days and smells delicious? Why, Norwegian brown
    >cheese, of course. A two-mile-long tunnel near the Norwegian town of
    >Narvik was closed for five days after a truck containing 27 metric
    >tons of brunost, a brown cheese that is a delicacy in Norway, caught
    >fire last Thursday and was finally put out on Monday. The "high
    >concentration of fat and sugar is almost like petrol if it gets hot
    >enough," a policeman said of the burning cheese, which has a 30
    >percent fat content and tastes like caramel (yum). An official for the
    >country's public roads said it was the first time in his career that
    >he'd seen cheese catch fire in a road.


    I think I'll wrap my Gruyere in asbestos in future...

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    pavane Guest

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    "gloria p" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:kdpggh$nqg$[email protected]..
    > On 1/23/2013 10:58 AM, pavane wrote:
    >>
    >>
    >> "Sqwertz" <[email protected]> wrote in message

    >
    >>> I've never heard of the cheese but now I'll have to go seek it out.

    >>
    >> The easiest to find Brunost ("brown cheese") is Gjetost,
    >> usually in a bright red smallish cube, which seems to be
    >> carried at most cheese outlets. An acquired taste.
    >>
    >> pavane

    >
    >
    > In the U.S. it i sold in a really small cube. In Norway we saw
    > it in blocks the size of large Velveeta. De-e-elicious!


    ....burns longer, too.

    Seriously, how do you normally serve Gjetost? I was told that
    it is primarily a breakfast cheese, but I think it is too good
    for that. It is tricky to pair Gjetost with other foods as it has
    that unique caramel-like texture and flavor. Thanks

    pavane


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    Doug Freyburger Guest

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    pavane wrote:
    >
    > The easiest to find Brunost ("brown cheese") is Gjetost,
    > usually in a bright red smallish cube, which seems to be
    > carried at most cheese outlets. An acquired taste.


    Yeah. I like the idea of making cheese from the whey as well as the
    curd and I very much like Ricota. I've tried Gjetost and found it okay.
    Given how much I like most types of cheese that don't have blue or green
    mold spoiling them it failed to fit the pattern. A cheese that I think
    merely okay? Very much an acquired taste.

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    Sqwertz Guest

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    On Wed, 23 Jan 2013 12:58:38 -0500, pavane wrote:

    > The easiest to find Brunost ("brown cheese") is Gjetost,
    > usually in a bright red smallish cube, which seems to be
    > carried at most cheese outlets. An acquired taste.


    OK, I've seen those but never tried it. Is it sweet?

    -sw

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    pavane Guest

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    "Sqwertz" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:1rre9vhi7vuel$.[email protected]..
    > On Wed, 23 Jan 2013 12:58:38 -0500, pavane wrote:
    >
    >> The easiest to find Brunost ("brown cheese") is Gjetost,
    >> usually in a bright red smallish cube, which seems to be
    >> carried at most cheese outlets. An acquired taste.

    >
    > OK, I've seen those but never tried it. Is it sweet?


    Yeah, sorta. Caramelly taste, still goat cheese but
    very well disguised in the light caramel. The S. F.
    Chronicle has a very good article about it from a
    critic who dislikes it but is very even-handed in her
    criticism: http://tinyurl.com/as2ecfq
    or
    <http://www.sfgate.com/food/cheesecourse/article/Sweet-fudgy-Gjetost-finishes-with-lemony-tang-3198349.php>
    I started out disliking it; very uncheeselike. But it
    grew on me, and I was able to finish little blocks
    of it and enjoy the stuff; primarily with toast or
    biscuits somewhat as the Chronicle describes.
    I guess you gotta try it. And report. It is a great
    cheese to spring on friends.

    pavane


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    gloria p Guest

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    On 1/24/2013 8:51 AM, Doug Freyburger wrote:
    > pavane wrote:
    >>
    >> The easiest to find Brunost ("brown cheese") is Gjetost,
    >> usually in a bright red smallish cube, which seems to be
    >> carried at most cheese outlets. An acquired taste.

    >
    > Yeah. I like the idea of making cheese from the whey as well as the
    > curd and I very much like Ricota. I've tried Gjetost and found it okay.
    > Given how much I like most types of cheese that don't have blue or green
    > mold spoiling them it failed to fit the pattern. A cheese that I think
    > merely okay? Very much an acquired taste.
    >



    It tastes like a cross between havarti and caramel candy.

    gloria p

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    Sqwertz Guest

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    On Thu, 24 Jan 2013 18:18:05 -0700, gloria p wrote:

    > It tastes like a cross between havarti and caramel candy.


    Hrmmmm. Then I think I'll wait until they're passing out free
    samples.

    -sw

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