FDA’s Ban on Wooden Cheese Boards Could Devastate the US Artisan Cheese Industry


This could very well be the first sign of the cheesepocalypse. In a move that’s shaking the dairy world, the Food and Drug Administration issued a ban on the practice of aging cheese on wooden boards — including a majority of cheeses imported to the US. Aging cheese is a process that incorporates bacteria, enzymes, molds and environmental factors to add to the flavor of the final product. While this centuries-old process may sound unappetizing, it makes for damn good cheese.

It all started when the New York State Department of Agriculture asked the FDA if surfaces made from wood were an acceptable means to age cheese, according to Forbes. The branch chief of the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutritions Dairy and Egg Branch replied:

The use of wooden shelves, rough or otherwise, for cheese ripening does not conform to [Current Good Manufacturing Practices], which require that “all plant equipment and utensils shall be so designed and of such material and workmanship as to be adequately cleanable, and shall be properly maintained.”

While the regulation does not directly mention wood, the FDA will likely argue that wooden boards never truly reach their standard of cleanliness in comparison to plastic and metal alternatives. Because nothing says artisan like a cold and sterile factory environment.

While major cheese manufacturers like Kraft will be unaffected — they don’t require the wood-aging process — smaller businesses who make artisan cheeses will most definitely be devastated. Time will tell whether or not the FDA will back down or ease up on this regulation.

Fast Food

Arby’s Sets Guinness World Record with 13-Hour Commercial of Smoked Brisket Porn

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If there was a channel that aired nothing but smoked meats 24/7, I’d watch it in a heartbeat. Looks like Arby’s came pretty close to that dream when they aired a 13-hour TV spot promoting their Smokehouse Brisket Sandwich. The sandwich is made with smoked beef brisket, smoked gouda, a tangy smoked barbecue sauce (I’m sensing a theme here), mayo and fried onions.

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The brisket is said to be slow-smoked for 13 hours long before hitting the bun, thus the 13-hour commercial. The spot ran May 24 on a station in Duluth, Minnesota, setting a Guinness World Record for the longest television commercial to ever air.  For those who missed it, Arby’s will air the incredibly long commercial online on May 28.

The Smokehouse Brisket Sandwich will be available for a limited time throughout May. Luckily, it doesn’t look like you’ll have to call in 13 hours ahead for your sandwich.

Fast Food

Apparently, Arby’s New Smokehouse Brisket Takes 13 Hours to Smoke


We expect fast food chefery can be a bit thankless sometimes. Whether you love or hate X chain’s new pretzel-bun, beer-battered mash-up ramen burger sandwich, some culinary mastermind out there still had to both conceptualize and execute it – a task probably made significantly more challenging when the dish in question also needs to be mass-produced on a national or even international scale.

Take Arby’s new Smokehouse Brisket Sandwich for instance. Featuring Gouda cheese, crispy onions, BBQ sauce and mayonnaise and sliced beef brisket that reportedly needs to be smoked for 13 hours minimum, this thing probably takes a lot more work than most people will give it credit for. For those who do appreciate a solid slice of beef, however, Arby’s has set up a “League of Brisket” website where fans can enter to win two tickets to a pro football game, as well as collect points toward other prizes, from now until October 30.

It doesn’t seem as though fast food’s trend toward more “artisanal,” premium fare is letting up any time soon. If anyone can tell the difference between Arby’s meat that’s been smoked for 13 days and the stuff that’s only been smoked for six, we’d love to hear about it.

PicThx Arby’s


Combining Sports and Cheese is Witty, Smelly


There are some things that just go together. Milk and cookies. Peanut butter and jelly. Athletic brands and fine cheeses. What, you didn’t know that last one was a thing? Go find yourself some culture (cheese puns!) and come back. Or just read this, because artist Chris Wright, a British illustrator, has done all the hard work for you.

With such images as Pumasan (Puma + parma, obviously), Tommy Hilfeta, and bRiebok (which comes in a t-shirt!), Wright tests your knowledges of both cheeses and brand names. I, myself, have learned, to no one’s surprise, that I know nothing about fine dairy products or sports.


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Test your knowledge with the full set here.

H/T + PicThx Design Taxi, ahoodie


Gourmet Meat-Flavored Ice Cream Is Further Proof that Life Is So Much Better For Dogs


Because dogs just don’t get enough love and attention these days, a Chicago dog food store has just created a line of gourmet meat-flavored ice creams, so Fido too can finally experience the wonder that is sweet frozen milk.

“We wanted our pup to experience ice cream,” the company, Arrfscarf, writes on the line’s product page, “We wanted it to be healthy, nutritious, and fresh. We set out to create the best dog ice cream . . . Now, we are on a mission to share our amazing creation with all the pups in the world.”

Each of Arrfscarf’s dog-friendly treats starts with vanilla, honey and Greek yogurt, along with all locally sourced and handmade ingredients, to create the five totally bougie flavors of Peanut Butter Bacon, Beef Brisket, Chicken Cheddar, Pulled Pork and Gouda Burger. You hear that? Gouda. Burger. And all for an animal that has no problem eating its own vomit.

Don’t get me wrong, I love my dog, but until I can go to the store and pick up a pint of Chicken Cheddar ice cream just for me (or until my dog can tell the difference between that and a leftover chicken bone), Purina’s as good as he’s gonna get.






H/T Design Taxi + PicThx Arrfscarf


Three Little Piggy Sandwich

Three Musketeers, Three’s Company, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Le Bron James, everything comes better in threes! Sandwiches are no exception to this rule, this Three Little Piggy Sandwich has three different types of pork in it. Pork cutlet, shaved smoked ham, and smoked bacon! It also has gouda, an onion ring, and a fried egg on top! This trifecta of meat, eggs and cheese is killing me! (Thx DTLG)


Craving: Turkey Burger + Smoked Gouda + Grilled Onions


This brings me back to the summer days as a youth when my mom would drop me off at Marc’s place to go swimming with the rest of the homies. Hours into our play (no homo), his mother would bring us out an array of burgers and turkey burgers that seemed absolutely perfect on that hot day after many hours of swimming.  Now, someone brought to my attention this awesome turkey burger with smoked gouda and grilled onions. I’m starving! (PicThx @foodporn)