Government Cheese

 

During the early ’80s, part of my cheese business was cutting and packaging government-owned 40-pound cheddar blocks in 5-pound pieces. We also processed 500-pound cheddar cheese barrels into 5-pound American cheese loaves. There was a huge glut of these products in storage and it was getting larger. The Federal government gave it to the states for free distribution. Each state did it differently but the cheese ended up in many households. It was a good product and many people loved it.

Although I am long retired, I sort of keep up with the industry. The Government now has 1.5 billion pounds of cheese in storage again. That’s enough to give 5 pounds to every man, woman, and child in America. Although it disrupts normal supply channels it may be time for the COVID-19 cheese giveaway. What say you, Ricochet?

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  1. Boss Mongo Member
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    Cheese. Mmmm

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  2. PHCheese Inactive
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    Boss Mongo (View Comment):

    Cheese. Mmmm

    Boss Mongo (View Comment):

    Cheese. Mmmm

    I’ll take that as a yes Boss. You’re first in line.

     

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  3. Matt Balzer, Imperialist Claw Member
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    I’m in.

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  4. Petty Boozswha Inactive
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    The people of Venezuela are starving. Even though we hate their government maybe the Catholic Church could deliver it to the people to show we’re not looking at them as the enemy. 

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  5. JennaStocker Member
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    That depends. Anyone know what the cracker supply looks like?

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  6. Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… Member
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    Can I get mine in parmesan?  Or mozzarella, as a second choice?

    If it’s per person, my family will get 25 pounds.  25 pounds of parmesan would probably last us a good month.  You should see how my adorable 10-year-old daughter goes through the parmesan.  She uses a bowl of spaghetti as a parmesan delivery device.

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  7. CJ Inactive
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    So that’s what’s backing our paper currency these days.

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  8. Paul Erickson Inactive
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    Grate idea. 

     

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  9. Randy Webster Member
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    I think it’s sad that Ricochetti are trying to figure out how the government can give away 1.5 billion pounds of cheese rather than trying to figure out ways for the government not to have it in the first place.

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  10. DonG (skeptic) Coolidge
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    Nachos:)

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  11. JustmeinAZ Member
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    Paul Erickson (View Comment):

    Grate idea.

    Please! Not cheese puns again!

     

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  12. Rodin Member
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    A perfect response to a toilet paper shortage.

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  13. E. Kent Golding Member
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    I think giving away the cheese to any American who wants some is great.   If there is any left,  give it to the poor across the work.   Malawi and Venezuela  are both good ideas.

    Personally, I can’t eat more than a pound of Cheddar  a week.  And calling that other stuff  American is a slander against America.   Maybe we could call it Democratic cheese.

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  14. PHCheese Inactive
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    JustmeinAZ (View Comment):

    Paul Erickson (View Comment):

    Grate idea.

    Please! Not cheese puns again!

     

    No whey I’m starting it.

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  15. PHCheese Inactive
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    E. Kent Golding (View Comment):

    I think giving away the cheese to any American who wants some is great. If there is any left, give it to the poor across the work. Malawi and Venezuela are both good ideas.

    Personally, I can’t eat more than a pound of Cheddar a week. And calling that other stuff American is a slander against America. Maybe we could call it Democratic cheese.

    Actually the American made for the giveaway is nothing like the cheese food products sold in slices. It is made from exclusively from aged cheddar  except for a couple of percent of salt and emulsifiers.

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  16. Stad Coolidge
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    PHCheese (View Comment):

    JustmeinAZ (View Comment):

    Paul Erickson (View Comment):

    Grate idea.

    Please! Not cheese puns again!

     

    No whey I’m starting it.

    I love cheese!  There’s nothing butter than a brick from Monterey, Jack . . .

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  17. PHCheese Inactive
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    Stad (View Comment):

    PHCheese (View Comment):

    JustmeinAZ (View Comment):

    Paul Erickson (View Comment):

    Grate idea.

    Please! Not cheese puns again!

     

    No whey I’m starting it.

    I love cheese! There’s nothing butter than a brick from Monterey, Jack . . .

    Ok. You started it. Ricochet is going to shred you.

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  18. Patrick McClure, Coffee Achiev… Coolidge
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    Stad (View Comment):

    PHCheese (View Comment):

    JustmeinAZ (View Comment):

    Paul Erickson (View Comment):

    Grate idea.

    Please! Not cheese puns again!

     

    No whey I’m starting it.

    I love cheese! There’s nothing butter than a brick from Monterey, Jack . . .

    Have Arty  make sandwiches with it.

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  19. Stad Coolidge
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    PHCheese (View Comment):

    Stad (View Comment):

    PHCheese (View Comment):

    JustmeinAZ (View Comment):

    Paul Erickson (View Comment):

    Grate idea.

    Please! Not cheese puns again!

     

    No whey I’m starting it.

    I love cheese! There’s nothing butter than a brick from Monterey, Jack . . .

    Ok. You started it. Ricochet is going to shred you.

    You Muenster you!

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  20. Paul Stinchfield Member
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    PHCheese: It was a good product and many people loved it.

    Yes, although snobs insisted otherwise. But in a different spirit, how about this?

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  21. PHCheese Inactive
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    Paul Stinchfield (View Comment):

    PHCheese: It was a good product and many people loved it.

    Yes, although snobs insisted otherwise. But in a different spirit, how about this?

    Paul Stinchfield (View Comment):

    PHCheese: It was a good product and many people loved it.

    Yes, although snobs insisted otherwise. But in a different spirit, how about this?

    I guess since I made millions of pounds of the stuff that this is my 15 minutes of fame. I’ll have it played at my funeral.
    Ii

     

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  22. PHCheese Inactive
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    Stad (View Comment):

    PHCheese (View Comment):

    Stad (View Comment):

    PHCheese (View Comment):

    JustmeinAZ (View Comment):

    Paul Erickson (View Comment):

    Grate idea.

    Please! Not cheese puns again!

     

    No whey I’m starting it.

    I love cheese! There’s nothing butter than a brick from Monterey, Jack . . .

    Ok. You started it. Ricochet is going to shred you.

    You Muenster you!

    Yep orange rind bad.

     

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  23. Stad Coolidge
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    PHCheese (View Comment):

    Stad (View Comment):

    PHCheese (View Comment):

    Stad (View Comment):

    PHCheese (View Comment):

    JustmeinAZ (View Comment):

    Paul Erickson (View Comment):

    Grate idea.

    Please! Not cheese puns again!

     

    No whey I’m starting it.

    I love cheese! There’s nothing butter than a brick from Monterey, Jack . . .

    Ok. You started it. Ricochet is going to shred you.

    You Muenster you!

    Yep orange rind bad.

     

    Arrrgh!  That’s nacho style . . .

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  24. Rodin Member
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    Paul Stinchfield (View Comment):

    PHCheese: It was a good product and many people loved it.

    Yes, although snobs insisted otherwise. But in a different spirit, how about this?

    So it’s 1986 again?

     

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  25. PHCheese Inactive
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    Rodin (View Comment):

    Paul Stinchfield (View Comment):

    PHCheese: It was a good product and many people loved it.

    Yes, although snobs insisted otherwise. But in a different spirit, how about this?

    So it’s 1986 again?

     

    Or worse.

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  26. PHCheese Inactive
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    Stad (View Comment):

    PHCheese (View Comment):

    Stad (View Comment):

    PHCheese (View Comment):

    Stad (View Comment):

    PHCheese (View Comment):

    JustmeinAZ (View Comment):

    Paul Erickson (View Comment):

    Grate idea.

    Please! Not cheese puns again!

     

    No whey I’m starting it.

    I love cheese! There’s nothing butter than a brick from Monterey, Jack . . .

    Ok. You started it. Ricochet is going to shred you.

    You Muenster you!

    Yep orange rind bad.

     

    Arrrgh! That’s nacho style . . .

    Oh you creamed me with that one!

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  27. B. W. Wooster Member
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    Paul Stinchfield (View Comment):

    PHCheese: It was a good product and many people loved it.

    Yes, although snobs insisted otherwise. But in a different spirit, how about this?

    You beat me to it Paul!

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  28. Guruforhire Member
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    I always kind of figured that the cheese thing was that it was a government supply side program to utilize excess milk fat which keeps the cost of milk products down, and ensures price stability for producers.

    the USDA ran a cheese pizza program to sell additional cheese which would consume the excess milk fat which came about due to the shift to low fat milks.

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  29. Guruforhire Member
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    I had previous written that american cheese is a triumph of humanism and the perfect crystallization of what makes america great.

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  30. Ontheleftcoast Member
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    Patrick McClure, Coffee Achiev… (View Comment):

    Stad (View Comment):

    PHCheese (View Comment):

    JustmeinAZ (View Comment):

    Paul Erickson (View Comment):

    Grate idea.

    Please! Not cheese puns again!

     

    No whey I’m starting it.

    I love cheese! There’s nothing butter than a brick from Monterey, Jack . . .

    Have Arty make sandwiches with it.

    Teleme about it!

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