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The process of cheese-making has been passed down through generations. It is believed that cheese was first discovered accidentally when milk was stored in animal stomachs, which contained rennet, causing the milk to curdle and form cheese. Over time, the art of cheese-making was refined, with different cultures developing their own unique varieties.

Let’s take a closer look at how cheese is made:

The basics…
Cheese starts its journey as milk which through a heating process, the curds (solids) are separated from the whey (liquid). These curds are then pressed, moulded, and aged (stored) to create cheese, each variety varying in taste, texture and aroma. 🧀

The process
The first step in cheese production involves coagulation of milk. A coagulant like rennet is added to milk to help the curds to form. Rennet is an enzyme, and either animal or non-animal rennet can be used.

The second step involves the thickening of the milk and formation of curds, which are then cut and stirred to release the whey.

Once this has happened, the whey is drained from the curds, and the curds are then further processed depending on the type of cheese being made.

This process involves pressing or shaping the curds into blocks or wheels, or leaving the cheese to form its own shape. Other cheese types are treated with bacteria or mould for a distinct flavour and texture!

Once processed, cheeses are aged to develop their texture and flavour, some for a few days, weeks, months and some, even years!

Why cheese?
Cheese has a number of health benefits. It is an excellent source of protein, which is essential for maintaining and repairing tissue, and calcium, which is crucial for building and maintaining strong bones and teeth. Additionally, cheese contains vitamins A and B12, which boost our immune systems and support healthy nerve functioning. As with anything, consume cheeses in moderation, as they can be high in fat and calories.

Remember to show your support for local producers by checking the label to make sure you are buying locally produced dairy products.

Tip-Top Milk is passionate about dairy and is proud to transport raw milk from dairy farmers to processing plants across SA, who then turn milk into the hundreds of products, including cheeses, you find on the shelves.

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