Each label bears two percentages, one marked ES and the other MG.
The ES figure gives the percentage of dry matter in the cheese. If a cheese is marked “60% ES,” 40% of the cheese, by weight, is water.
“40% MG” means that 40% of the dry matter in the cheese is fat.
So, for example, a cheese marked 60% ES, 40% MG would be (0.6 × 0.4 = .24) 24% fat by weight.
The fat content of the cheese may also be described in words:
|skim-milk cheese||under 20%|
|cream cheese||40 to 45%|
|double-cream cheese||46 to 60%|
|triple-cream cheese||60 to 75%|
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