Nursery rhymes are often hundreds of years old and their meanings are not clear but simply repeated or sung by young children. In the case of”Little Miss Muffet” she’s eating a centuries old version of conventional curds and whey, which is your basic cottage cheese, likely the food that this rhyme depicts. And the acidity eliminated to achieve a more sweet and pleasant taste.
Cheese curds are a necessary element in cheesemaking, which may also be fried to get a snack or appetizer.These curds are strong pieces of curdled milk and made from fresh pasteurized milk in the process of creating cheese after bacterial culture and an acidic substance, like lemon juice, are added to cause clotting (curdling). For convenience, bakers often”curdle” milk to create a buttermilk taste when making muffins, pancakes or other baked products. Vinegar or lemon juice are the most popular additive, but centuries ago rennet was utilized (cow’s stomach lining). It is then cut into cubes and the end result is a mixture of whey (the liquid) and curd. This mixture is cooked and pressed to separate the whey from the curd, creating the last product of cheese curd. Usually mild in taste, fresh curds squeak when bitten into, a feature caused by air trapped within the porous material. In the country of India, a popular alternative to meat is paneer, which is widely utilized in traditional main courses, and rice biryani. It looks like tofu and has a dull but pleasing taste and feel.
Although cheese curds ideally should be eaten fresh, they can be purchased at local supermarkets nationwide, The most common curd is a young cheddar. In Wisconsin, cheese factories crank them out daily to satisfy the requirement and have been produced since the mid 1800s, when cheesemaking got its start in America’s Dairyland, as Swiss and German immigrants brought their skills and recipes to the Midwest. Today they are the nation’s most popular snack. Wisconsin produces more than 2 billion pounds of cheese per year. That’s a good deal of curds.
A popular snack in the state of Wisconsin (no surprise), they have been enjoyed for years with wine or beer, but now have spread across the nation, especially at state and county fairs, where they are usually deep-fried. They can be purchased at many local supermarkets.
So essentially, Miss M was sitting on a stool eating cottage cheese until that spider showed up and ruined things for her. That should clear up any confusion you have had since childhood. These days she would probably be noshing on fried cheese curds and sipping a soft drink. Now go fry up some and enjoy.