"Little Miss Muffet sat on her tuffet eating her curds and whey..." The cheesemaking process begins when the solids in milk begin to separate from the whey. The more whey a cheesemaker drains from the curds the drier the cheese will be. Cottage cheese is an example of a cheese that still contains a good deal of whey. Parmesan cheese, on the other hand, contains very little whey. Miss Muffet was likely eating a watery form of cottage cheese.