MILWAUKEE, WI – Milwaukee has a cheesy solution for de-icing their streets — cheese brine. Brine is salty water and in this state they use a whole lot of it. Wisconsin is #1 in the country when it comes to cheese production and they’re in the Top 10 when it comes to cold, icy winters.
The folks in Brew City are mixing 8 gallons of leftover cheese brine per one ton of rock salt then pouring it on their streets. It may sound crazy but the science of it is: the salty mixture melts ice and lowers the freezing point of water. Pretty much the same result as the rock salt they’d be using except the brine is recycled and it’ll save the city money.
Fittingly, Cheese Heads are now driving on cheesy roads.