Forget Salt -- Milwaukee Begins Using Cheese to Thaw Roads

By: Lawrence Bonk

Are you knee deep in the middle of what experts call a wintry mix? Are your roads more slippery than an eel covered in petroleum jelly? Before you break out the course salt, take a gander at what city officials have been doing in Milwaukee in order to keep roads safe from slippage.

The city of Milwaukee has begun using massive amounts of cheese brine to thaw the roads. According to officials, provolone and mozzarella do the trick nicely, thanks to their high salt content. Why not just use salt? Well, Milwaukee is one of the country's biggest cheese manufacturers and, according to officials, using cheese is actually a lot cheaper than springing for some salt.

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