Happy Cheese Parings Day

Let's take a moment to remember Thor Bjørklund, the Norwegian inventor of the cheese slicer. From Wikipedia:

He was annoyed that he could not get slices as thin as he wanted when he sliced cheese with a knife. Therefore in Lillehammer he began to experiment with a plane in the hope that he could create something similar for use in the kitchen. He succeeded.

And on this day, in 1925, he received a patent for the cheese slicer. According to blather.net, "27 February ever since has been celebrated as osteskorperdagen, 'cheese-parings day', the biggest holiday in the Norwegian calendar, when everyone gorges themselves on thin slices of cheese in the cold, icy streets."

Sounds to me like a good way to spend the day.
     Posted By: Alex - Fri Feb 27, 2009
     Category: Food | Holidays | Inventions | Patents

Go inside where it's warm and I'm game!
In fact, it sounds like I celebrate this several days a week without knowing it 😊
Posted by Jules in Connecticut on 02/27/09 at 10:11 AM
Right there with you on that one Jules.

Thin slices of cheese...puss! I prefer the cheese on my sandwich to outweigh the meat.
Posted by Madd Maxx on 02/27/09 at 10:19 AM
Happy birthday to you....
Happy birthday to you....
Happy birthday dear Sweetie and Osteskorperdagen,
Happy birthday to yoooooouuuuuuuuuuuuuuu!

Pile on the cheese for a sandwich but paper thin slices of a creamy Gouda or Emmental melting on my tongue is heaven.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 02/27/09 at 10:57 AM
Biggest holiday in the Norwegian calendar, huh? Maybe if the local dairy council prints the calendar, sure.
Posted by kingmonkey in Athens, Ontario on 02/27/09 at 12:03 PM
norway doesn't have much to celebrate i guess. happy birthday to your sweetie canukgirl! :cheese:
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 02/27/09 at 04:07 PM
"But sir, it is wafer thin"
Posted by DownCrisis on 02/27/09 at 04:54 PM
I asked my Norwegian friends about this and they all said "huh?" Maybe it was much more popular back in the good ol' days?
Posted by Nethie on 02/28/09 at 12:10 AM
My son (7) won't eat his sandwich if I don't use the cheese slicer. I use it.
Posted by Harry Merkin on 02/28/09 at 03:54 AM
This reminds me that I really need to buy a cheese slicer, thanks WU!
Posted by Viceman48 on 03/01/09 at 01:23 AM
i think perhaps alex is putting us on a bit with cheese day! and, i for one, fell for it hook, line, and sinker. 😊
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 03/02/09 at 06:39 AM
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