How to Mouse-Proof Your Cheese, 1649

engraving of "the vulgar little MOUSE" Edward Topsell, The History of Four-Footed Beasts (1658)

How to make a Receit, that neither Rat nor Mouse shall eat or gnaw of your Cheese. The Weasel, the Rat, and Mouse, are at such deadly hatred one with the other, as that, if you put the brain of a Weasel into the Rennets or Curds whereof you intend to make your Cheese, neither Rats nor Mice will ever come to taste or eat thereof.

Thomas Hill, Naturall and Artificiall Conclusions

With this clever recipe, your cheese will finally be safe from the gnawing of vermin. Wait until after the cheese course, though, to tell your dinner guests the secret of your wondrous weasel cheese.