Ever wondered how the best part of your pizza slice, the cheese, is actually made? Apart from the fact that milk is the major ingredient in it, none of us have ever delved into the actual nitty-gritty of its production. My ears popped up when I heard of a cheese factory tour being organized by the popular cheese brand, GoCheese, and I decided to go check it out! The event was organized in association with Femina and I have to admit that it was quite an experience!
The GoCheese plant is set up at Manchar, Pune, and is a huge set up where the entire process of cheese making, right from breeding and milking the cows to manufacturing different types of cheese such as mozzarella, gouda, cheddar etc. are produced. Apart from these, GoCheese also has a range of dairy products including flavoured milk, lassi, buttermilk, cheese sauce, cheese slices, cheese spread, cheese wedges and cheezos. Yes! Their innovation and variety definitely deserve an applause. What is commendable is that each of these products is made right there at the plant, including their storage and packaging!
The tour consisted of two parts, where we were taken to the farm where the cows are bred and milked and then to the actual cheese factory. About 50 cows can be accommodated on a rotating unit, which has a system of checking how much milk the cow has given. All the cows go through a regular process of feeding, bathing and maintenance to keep them healthy and happy. One of the steps actually involves making them listen to music! Yes, and only instrumental. The cows are picky like that!
The cheese factory tour carefully took us through all the processes of cheese making involving huge machinery. Once the cheese is ready, they also have provisions for storing it in rooms with temperatures such as –18 and –27 degree Celsius. Here, the cheese is cooled and stored for few days before sending it out to the market. Visiting these rooms was definitely one of the best parts of the tour!
A cheese factory tour cannot be complete without cheese tasting! Cubes of different types of cheese along with all of GoCheese’s other dairy products were laid out for us to try. My personal favourite were the buttermilk, green chutney flavoured cheese slices, cheese angles and mozzarella cheese cubes. The cheezos in different flavours looked interesting too but I did not get a chance to try it.
Overall, it was a tiring but fun day and definitely different than how I’d have spent a Saturday!
Picture Courtesy: GoCheese