September 20 – National String Cheese and Punch Day

While this day could go in many directions, from throwing punches at punching bags or punching holes through a variety of objects using tools, it is more generally meant as the delicious beverage. 20th September has a strange food and drink combination – String cheese and punch. These two National days fall on the same day and should be celebrated, I say!
Cheesy and Fruity Facts:

  • Fruit punch was introduced to the UK in the seventeenth century from India. Its use has spread to other countries since.
  • “Punch” means “five” in Sanskrit because it was originally made with five ingredients.
  • These five ingredients were: sugar, lemon, alcohol, water, and tea or spices.
  • Courvoisier and Bompas & Parr have the world record for the largest punch bowl called, “the Architectural Punchbowl.” It held 4, 000 liters of “the Emperor’s Shrub” – a new cocktail. The entire room was transformed into the giant punch bowl.
  • College and University students use a highly alcoholic punch as an extremely popular drink made with cheap ingredients.
  • First recorded in 1632 in British documents, punch was made with a wine or brandy base at the time.
  • Hawaiian punch was first created as an ice cream topping in 1934 in a garage.
  • String cheese occurs when the manufacturing process aligns the proteins in the cheese.
  • At 60 degrees Celsius, mozzarella milk proteins line up.
  • Jeb Cubbs and Frank Baker invented the cheese in 1976

Homemade Punch!
Ingredients:

  • White sugar – 2 ½ cups
  • Water – 6 cups
  • Pineapple juice – 1 can
  • Strawberry flavored jelly mix – 2 packets
  • Lemon juice – 2/3 cups
  • Orange juice – 1 quart
  • Lemon-lime flavored soda – 2 liters

 
Method:

  • In a large saucepan, bring the sugar, water, and strawberry flavored jelly to a boil for three minutes
  • Stir in the lemon juice, pineapple juice, and orange juice.
  • Freeze the mixture in two separate containers.
  • Combine one container with a bottle of the lemon-lime soda in a punch or large bowl.
  • Stir until slushy.
  • Repeat with the leftover ingredients.

Add in some alcohol if there are no kids around. String cheese can also be used in a variety of recipes and can make a delicious snack. Try wrapping some sticks in some salami and place some toothpicks with olives through them to make some delicious finger-food. Or take it on a hike, make a homemade dinner with it or have it on a picnic. With so many uses, we sure can see the “a-peel.” Cheese sure is grate for any day. Whatever way you celebrate today, we sure hope it’s not a blue (or blue cheese) day.


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