Dylan writes notes about the living machine

Decoration on the walls of the Cheese Factory

Juan takes notes at the Chees Factory

Kids tour the cedar grove cheese factory


Looking at recycling of water used at the Cheese Factory

Machines stir the milk which will make the cheese

A sign and a truck outside the Cheese Factory

Bob talks about the process for making cheese

The kids listen to Bob talk about cheesemaking

Cedar Grove Cheese Factory
Plain, WI

Poem about the Cheese Factory by Alice | Tim | Erika | Emily

Cheesemaking in the Cedar Grove Cheese Factory begins at 10 P.M., when 100,000 pounds of milk arrive. By late the next morning, that will become 10,000 pounds of cheddar cheese. --Tim.

Not long ago, there were close to a hundred cheese factories in Dane County, but now there are actually zero, zip, none, nada. We had to drive OUT of Dane County to find one. -- Erika

The Cedar Grove Cheese Factory is 102 years old. In the early 1900s, it was just a basement, and upstairs is where the cheese maker lived.

To make cheese, there are two things you have to learn: Science and the Art of Cheese. Here are the basic steps:

  1. Heat milk to high temperature. The pasteurizer does that.
  2. Put the milk into a vat.
  3. Add bacteria for flavor.
  4. Put enzymes to make the milk thicken.
  5. Cut cheese into cubes with a machine called a harp.

Cheeses are all made differently, so a factory will probably make only one or two kinds of cheese. --Emily.

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