When Houston Dairymaids got an email from NASA requesting some cheese, CEO Lindsey Schechter called it a complete joke. Little did she know that NASA was serious about the request. However, she realized that the aeronautics agency really wanted some cheese to be sent into space.
Astronaut Shannon Walker had made the request and Schechter thought about the best way to have the cheese delivered. The Houston Dairymaids’ owner said that she was very happy to learn that Shannon loves cheese a lot.
Schechter didn’t know that Shannon walker regularly bought cheese at Dairymaids before he went for his mission. Schechter sent an aged Belgian Gouda in 2020. NASA contacted her again in February informing her about how the crew loved her cheese and asked for more.
Unfortunately, the cheese was out of stock. So, Houston Dairymaids sent a younger cheese, Old Farmdal from the same maker in Belgium. The cheese is produced from Holstein and Brown Swiss cow’s milk. Cheese sent to space has to fit some particular parameters.
It had to be cheeses that didn’t have mold growths on the rind. This eliminated blue cheeses, bribes, and any natural-rinded cheeses that have mold on the outside. “They’re concerned about bringing mold in the space station.Schechter
Schechter maintained that Gouda was a perfect cheese type to send to space. She also mentioned that any cheese sent to space must not contain any rind components or treatments that could float off as a result of the gravity properties in space.