Crafting Cabot Cheese

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.

Step 1 »

Our farmers' fresh milk is pasteurized by heating to exactly 162° F for exactly 16 seconds then cooled to a steady 88° F.

Cabot milk truck collects the milk.

Step 2 »

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.

Cabot Milk Vault

Step 3  »

Stainless steel wires cut the developing cheese into small curds. The liquid the separates from the curds is called whey.

Cabot cheese curds being made.

Step 4 »

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.

Curds move to a finishing table where salt is added.

Step 5 »

The cheese curds are packed into 42lb. blocks that are vacuum-sealed in plastic or hand-packed into round waxed forms.

Cabot cheese is packaged at the Cut & Wrap Plant.

Step 6 »

The cheese blocks are moved to a temperature-controlled warehouse, where our cheddars are slowly aged to perfection.

Cheese is stored for aging perfection.

Want to learn more about Cheese Making?

In a recent episode of Vermont Public's "But Why: A Podcast for Curious Kids", host Jane Lindholm visited the Cabot Cheese Factory and talked with QA Manager Maegen Olsen and Plant Manager Panos Lekkas about the process. Listen here. 
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Our naturally-aged cheddars have 0g of lactose per serving! So go ahead, dig in.

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