We now live in a society whose greatest value has become productivity. We get our news from short sound bites from the internet or TV now instead of reading the paper. We rarely read books anymore. We listen to them while we are stuck in traffic trying to get to work so we can get as much done in as little time as possible. The products we buy are made with the same goal in mind: maximum efficiency. But those who produce the few products that we still make in the U.S. whose ultimate goal is maximum efficiency seem to have lost their standard of quality. They make it fast but what happened to the concept of taking your time and doing it right? Some things just cannot be made fast without sacrificing quality. One of those products is cheese. Mass produced cheeses all seem to have the same "tinny" metallic taste.
That is because the manufacturers add chemicals to speed up the maturing process but the residue from these chemicals creates that metallic aftertaste. The corporate manufacturers even rush the cows to produce more milk by injecting them with hormones and feeding them over processed feeds that are measured and distributed by computers. While these processes are efficient we all agree that the quality suffers greatly. Fortunately for cheese lovers there is still a culture among us that believes in doing almost everything the old-fashioned way: The Amish. Cheese making is a skill brought to Ohio by the earliest Swiss and German immigrants and it still survives in Ohio Amish Country to this day. Not only do the Amish have traditional knowledge and skill in the trade there are numerous Amish dairy farmers in the area that provide the best possible milk.
Their patience and dedication is evident in their other specialty foods including fruit preserves pickled vegetables and the specialty meats that they inspired. Anyone who has ever visited Ohio s Amish Country has most likely seen the top quality bedding and furniture they have also become famous for. For the cultural tourist Ohio s Amish Country is a must see. The cheese connoisseur need not leave his/her own living room. All of the cheeses and other delicacies mentioned are available over the Internet. But nothing compares to actually visiting and seeing the labor of love firsthand. A tradition is something one give s much importance to as it is a guaranteed value living stronger to fit the complex and tough demands of today s time. This is what they have at Jersey Mike s Subs.