Cheese in Spanish

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cheese in spanish

Queso (Cheese)

How do you say cheese in Spanish?. “El queso” can be defined as “a milk preserve obtained by coagulation, pressing and acidification of the clot and matured or not depending on the type”.

On the other hand, the International Council of Geneva defines it as “the product resulting from the ripening of the curd from the coagulation of determined with the rennet or from the acidification of pure milk, of the cream removed from it or of the milk. partially or skimmed, not added with any substance, except for the products of normal cheese making, such as ferments, salt, spices, special colorants, etc ”.


Spanish Vocabulary:

cheese – queso

cream – nata

alimentos – food

animal proteins – proteínas animales

totally skimmed milk – desnatada total 

partially skimmed milk – desnatada parcialmente

buttermilk – suero de mantequilla

tissue – tejidos

mineral calcium – calcio mineral

human skeleton – esqueleto humano



 I love cheese – Yo amo el queso

My favorite cheese is the blue one – Mi queso favorito es el azul


“El queso”  is a food of high nutritional value, being essentially a tissue-forming food. It should be noted its content in animal proteins of very good biological value and its contribution to mineral calcium, which constitutes the basis for the composition of the human skeleton.


“El Queso” | Cheese History and Culture

In excavations of stilt houses on the shores of Lake Neûchatel (Switzerland), remains of perforated clay pots dating back at least six thousand years before our era were exhumed. It was concluded that it could be a strainer (encella) designed to drain the curdled milk. The Swiss were very pleased with these conclusions, as they saw another consecration for their country, which continues to be one of the most outstanding places of cheese tradition.

Now, what milk would the lake populations have used? The whole problem lies there. Although at that time the domestication of the goat and the sheep began to change the way of life of the populations of the Mediterranean perimeter, it is not yet known whether they practiced milking and the preservation of dairy products. As for cows, they only became part of the Alpine landscape after the Roman conquest of Valais, fifty-three centuries later.

The Bible does not attach any importance to cheese at the beginning of its chronology. Although he mentions poor Abel as the first shepherd, he only refers to curdled milk and butter. Abraham, his descendant, who had inherited “rich flocks” offers “cream and milk with the calf” to the three angels who come to visit him (Genesis, XVIII-8).

How to translate cheese in Spanish?

If we go back twenty centuries before Abraham and go to Sumeria, we find another anonymous shepherd, but whose existence is fully attested by the accounts that he carefully kept from the fortieth year of the reign of King Shulgi. From these accounts (engraved on clay tablets in the National Museum of the Middle East in Berlin), we know that in eight years the herd of cattle of our operator increased fivefold and that its production went from 8 liters of cheese a year to 63.3 liters/year, which shows its excellent performance.

Almost at the same time, in the kingdom of Elam, a goat offers its milk to the pasture under the benevolent gaze of the Goddess of fertility sitting near two jugs of milk. It is a stamp deposited in the Museum of Natural History in Chicago. Finally, in the seventeenth century BC, the legal code of the Amorite King Hammurabi II establishes, as for meat, the taxes levied on the dairy products of Babylon.

Goats and sheep are easily adapted to any climate where the slightest weed sprouts, and in the case of the former where thorny plants grow. Both were for some time the only ones that provided the majority of the milk consumed or milked. Cattle, heavily exploited as draft animals, could hardly do so.

The invention of cheese, therefore, took place from goat (goat in Spanish) or sheep milk, which was more easily obtained. It is easy to imagine how the milk curdled quickly, either due to heat and carelessness or because of the clotting effect of the presence of natural enzymes in the stomach of young ruminants.

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