A range of artefacts brings the display to life including a milk cooler, churns, cheese vat
, curd mill and cheese press.
Indeed not, especially as the unpasteurised, farm-assured milk only has to travel 15 feet along a stainless steel pipe to the cheese vat
in a purpose-built dairy.
At the cheese vat
, where I add rennet and the cheese culture, depending on whether it's the Abergoch or Aberwen.
They use the milk produced by their own pedigree Holstein Friesian cows which is pumped straight directly into the cheese vat
ready to make the cheese.
The drained curd is then cut into slabs about 6 inches square and stacked in a heated cheese vat
. The slabs are re-stacked and turned every 10 to 15 minutes until the acidity level of the draining whey reaches a certain point.
Milk is transferred directly into the cheese vat
Thus, localized acid production enhances the mass of culture aggregates to the degree that most aggregates fall to the bottom of the cheese vat
and form a layer of sludge and acid that's distributed unevenly throughout the skim milk.
CoAguLite technology required designing a fiber optic sensor, a suitable programmable logic control (PLC) process control algorithm, and a probe adaptable to cheese vat
Five years ago, he bought the company and his search for larger premises three years ago took him out of Worcester to Pond Farm where he has a 5,000 li tre cheese vat
, storage space for 12,000 cheeses and makes two tonnes of cheese a week.
The milk is piped into a cheese vat
, and when it has been turned into cheese it is matured for around five weeks in maturation rooms before delivery.