Wisconsin using cheese to de-ice roads. Really.

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The only thing that could make this story more quintessentially Wisconsin is if beer was somehow involved.
Earlier this week, the New York Times ran a piece about a number of municipal and county governments in Wisconsin using cheese -- yes, cheese -- to de-ice frozen roadways.

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According to the report, officials in America's largest cheese-producing state have taken to mixing cheese brine -- typically of the provolone or mozzarella variety -- with traditional rock salt to create a cheaper, more durable road de-icer.

One of the early adopters of the cheese-salt mix, Minnesota-bordering Polk County, has saved $40,000 since it started using it back in 2009, the Times reports. Milwaukee is testing out a pilot program this year.

One concern is that coating roadways with cheese could make Wisconsin smell more like, well, cheese. But really, would anyone in the Land of Cheese mind? And as anybody who has driven recently in St. Paul can tell you, an ambient aroma of mozzarella would be a small price to pay for drivable roads.

"We're just trying to make every possible use of cheese," Milwaukee alderman Tony Zielinski told the Times. "If this takes off, if this proves to be a success here, I'm sure that it will be used in cities all over the country."

An added bonus: If you're in Wisconsin and can't make it to the grocery store before the Packers game, just dredge up some crackers and head to your nearest icy roadway for an easy salty snack.

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.


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angelrichard102

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Dee Finkelson
Dee Finkelson

Again & again Cheeseheads beat us with new ideas...arghhh

Del Bauer
Del Bauer

Lololololol no way! It's funny every time I hear it!!!!

ben42dover
ben42dover

Cheese brine is salt water, so it makes sense. I wonder if it was by accident they discovered this solution.

Heather Ennis
Heather Ennis

At least Wisconsin does something to clean up the roads for drivers. Twin Cities plowers could learn a lot from the Cheeseheads in that regard.

Andrew Rodgers
Andrew Rodgers

what happen if i drive over there with snow chains on my tires

Heather Ennis
Heather Ennis

The Twin Cities area needs a lesson or two on how to treat the roads when bad weather is coming. At least Wisconsin roads are cleared off; who cares how they do it.

Julie Manzuk
Julie Manzuk

its something they have a lot of and putting it to good use

Joe Strom
Joe Strom

Whoa thats weird. Who'da'thunk?!

Victor Thompson
Victor Thompson

That's a gouda way to reduce waste and curd even save lives!

Alison Draper
Alison Draper

I bet it will save them money. Vs what the cost for salting chemicals are.

Emmy Fred
Emmy Fred

Actually, I think it's a great idea to use the waste brine for this purpose. Talk about recycling!

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