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:
- Heat milk to high temperature. The pasteurizer does that.
- Put the milk into a vat.
- Add bacteria for flavor.
- Put enzymes to make the milk thicken.
- 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.
The Cheese Factory
is the noise