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Skim Dick


A name known to be used in the 18Cent to 19Cent for a type of hard dry cheese made from skim milk.

Whatever 'Skim Dick' was, it was clearly not admired. Grocers Howe & Co of Abercairn advertised repeatedly in the late 19Cent offering "Caerphilly Cheese 7 1/2d (no skim dick)" and 'Berrow's Worcester Journal' offers this terrifying report from 2 Oct. 1858; "Two itinerant cheese factors.. were charged with obtaining money under false pretences.. by selling to them a quantity of 'skim dick,' for real double Gloucester cheese."

The Northampton Mercury - Friday 26 June 1908 - reports an enquiry being told that "the reason the Government could not provide Old-Age Pensions on greater scale than they had done was because "the blooming Tories" had spent the money. Then went on to speak of the hard times the working-men had in the dark days of Protection, and to state how, starting work at the age of eight years, his food consisted a bit of bread and a bit of Skim Dick so hard that it could be used for football. "Skim Dick" mystified some of those present, but an inquiry elicited the information that Skimmed Dick is skimmed milk which has been turned into cheese.

See: Suffolk Cheese

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