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Icy road solution: The cheese that made Milwaukee famous

The city is known for its dairy production and reusing cheese brine could save the city a whole lot of money that is typically spent on salt, city officials said. (The Trucker file photo of mozzarella)

The Trucker News Services

12/27/2013

Talk about a cheesy solution, The New York Times reports that the city of Milwaukee has started using provolone and mozzarella cheese juice, which is high in salt content, to help thaw its icy streets.

The city is known for its dairy production and reusing cheese brine could save the city a whole lot of money that is typically spent on salt, city officials said.

"You want to use provolone or mozzarella. Those have the best salt content. You have to do practically nothing to it," said the fleet operations manager for the Milwaukee public works department, Jeffrey A. Tews.

The program is still in its experimental stages, but so far the brine hasn't caused a cheesy smell and the costs for storing and transporting the brine are much less than buying a yearly supply of salt.

“We're just trying to make every possible use of cheese," said Tony Zielinksi, a Bay View alderman.

It was unknown whether motorists traveling the cheesy streets got a sudden hankering for Italian food.

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