Crafting Cabot Cheese
Over the past 100 years, we’ve learned a thing or two about making cheese. Our process is built on traditional methods, the highest food safety standards, and the freshest ingredients. Here’s how we make the World’s Best Cheddar.
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Our farmers' fresh milk is pasteurized by heating to exactly 162° F for exactly 16 seconds then cooled to a steady 88° F.
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The milk is poured into a large vat. A starter culture is added, along with the enzyme Rennet, which helps the starter grow and turn into cheese.
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Stainless steel wires cut the developing cheese into small curds. The liquid the separates from the curds is called whey.
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Cooked curds are pumped to a finishing table. The whey is drained off and salt is added. This is when we add extra ingredients for flavored cheeses.
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The cheese curds are packed into 42lb. blocks that are vacuum-sealed in plastic or hand-packed into round waxed forms.
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The cheese blocks are moved to a temperature-controlled warehouse, where our cheddars are slowly aged to perfection.