jun·ket [juhng-kit] noun
1. a sweet, custardlike food of flavored milk curdled with rennet.
2. a pleasure excursion, as a picnic or outing.
3. a trip, as by an official or legislative committee, paid out of public funds and ostensibly to obtain information.
verb (used without object)
4. to go on a junket.
verb (used with object)
5. to entertain; feast; regale.
...While waiting for an interview with the merchant, he [Christian Hansen] heard an order mentioned which came in from the country calling for a dozen of rennets. "What is that," he asked. "Oh," was the reply, "rennets are calves' stomachs prepared for cheese making, the farmers soak them in whey and add the liquid to the milk to curdle it." Why couldn't a commercial extract be made in the laboratory, our young chemist thought, and be put on the market? After obtaining some more information as to the quantity used, etc., he bid his friend goodbye, forgetting the question as to his own future. During the next few months he investigated the matter in the diaries where cheese was made, and worked in the laboratory until he had perfected an extract of high keeping quality, uniform strength and free from the contaminating impurities characteristic of the - often foul - liquid of uncertain coagulating power produced by soaking the stomachs in whey in the dairy. With samples of his new preparation young Hansen again called on the merchant who entered into the proposition with enthusiasm and offered him the cellar under his office for a factory. This was the beginning of "Chr. Hansen's Laboratory." Whether the story is true or not, it is characteristic of the man. It was, however, not by an accident that commercial Rennet Extract was invented, but due to the unusual foresight and clever grasp of the situation, of an eminent student with a clear head and practical sense for possibilities presented. And it was not until many difficulties had been overcome by undaunted energy and persistency that success was obtained...The use of rennet quickly spread in Denmark. However, in America, cheese makers were a bit skeptical. (The New England Cheesemaking Supply Company does NOT recommend Junket for cheese making)
...At such an incident in America, a man in the audience suddenly got up claiming that the "patent rennet," as it was called at the time, contained poisonous acids. Christian Hansen immediately grabbed the glass of liquid rennet in front of him and emptied it in a few swallows. The man hardly believed his own eyes, but definitely gained faith in the product. There was, however, one slight side effect to Christian Hansen’s determined action. For several days afterwards he suffered from a tremendous thirst caused by the high content of salt in the rennet...