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.
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.
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.
The Cheese Factory
is the noise