Scientists have revealed that playing hip-hop music while making cheese results in it having the ‘funkiest’ flavour.
According to a study conducted by Swiss cheesemaker Beat Wampfler and a team of researchers from the Bern University of Arts, while hip-hop made it ‘funky’, cheese made whilst rocking out to Led Zeppelin or relaxed with Mozart had milder zests.
So how was the study conducted exactly?
After placing nine 22-pound wheels of Emmental cheese in individual wooden crates in Wampfler’s cheese cellar, the next six months saw each cheese was exposed to an endless, 24-hour loop of one song using a mini-transducer, which directed the soundwaves directly into the cheese wheels.
Songs included Led Zeppelin’s ‘Stairway to Heaven’ for the ‘rock cheese’, Vril’s ‘UV’ for the techno fromage, A Tribe Called Quest‘s ‘Jazz (We’ve Got)’ for the ‘hip-hop cheese’ and the ‘classical cheese’ mellowed out to the sounds of Mozart’s ‘The Magic Flute’.
There was also a control cheese aged in silence, while three other wheels were exposed to simple high, medium and low frequency tones.
After the six months were up the cheese was then examined by food technologists from the ZHAW Food Perception Research Group, which concluded that the cheese exposed to music had a milder flavour compared to the non-musical cheese, and that the hip-hop cheese had a stronger aroma and stronger flavour than other samples.
Then sampled by a jury of culinary experts during two rounds of a blind taste test, the results were similar to the research group’s conclusions with the hip-hop cheese coming out on top.
“The bacteria did a good job,” Wampfler told SwissInfo. The experts said A Tribe Called Quest’s cheese was “remarkably fruity, both in smell and taste, and significantly different from the other samples.”
Wampfler and his collaborators now want to expose cheese to five to 10 different types of hip-hop to see if it has similar effects then they hope to market the cheeses based on the music they matured too.
According to Wampfler, he says people have already called requesting cheese that has listened to the blues, Balkan music and AC/DC.
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