Did you know? Road crews around the nation use not only salt and sand on the icy roadways, but also beet juice and cheese brine. Wisconsin’s Weapon for Icy Roads: Cheese Brine? Cheese Brine is a liquid cheese-making byproduct. To cheese-makers, it’s a hassle — they spend many thousands of dollars to dispose of cheese brine each year, trucking it to wastewater treatment plants.
(The Story) But several years back, ‘Moe’ a rural highway employee had a flash of inspiration. What if this salty brine could be used on icy roads as a companion for rock salt and sand? Moe’s employer, the Polk County Highway Commission, reached out to local cheese company and that’s when ‘cheese brine’ hit the winter highway. And in the first year alone, tiny Polk County in Wisconsin saved $40,000 dollars in rock salt costs. The only down side: the strong scent of mozzarella?
BTW: Regular salt brine has a freezing point of 6 below zero, but cheese brine doesn’t freeze up until 21 below zero. Now that’s COLD…
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