Pinconning Cheese is an aged, semi-firm cheese made from whole cow’s milk.
It comes in varying degrees of sharpness, depending on how long it has been aged — it can be aged up to 10 years.
It is made in Michigan, USA by the Pinconning Cheese Company and Wilson’s Cheese Shoppe. Lavey, Kathleen. Michigan food finds: Pinconning cheese, from squeaky to sharp. Lansing, Michigan: Lansing State Journal. 13 April 2017. Accessed April 2022 at https://www.lansingstatejournal.com/story/travel/michigan/2017/04/13/michigan-food-finds-pinconning-cheese-squeaky-sharp/99866042/
The cheese is made according to a recipe formulated by a Dan Horn around 1915.
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Ernie Harwell, who broadcast games by radio from Tiger Stadium in Detroit, Michigan, recalls that the mayor of Pinconning once brought a wheel of the cheese to the game to promote it. While trying to get in the elevated radio booth, the mayor lost his grip on the wheel of cheese, and it splattered on everyone in the seats below.
Pinconning also produces, unofficially of course, a grade of marijuana known as “Pinconning Paralyzer”, which many people prize as much if not more than the cheese.
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