The Tetra Pak® Rack Brining System is an advanced system used for brining of semi-hard cheeses. Brining racks are loaded with cheeses and placed in a brine basin. All operations – loading the racks, placing them in a brine basin and in the unloading station – are fully automated. The system includes a rack rinsing unit integrated with a dedicated CIP station, girder crane and brine microfiltration. The racks can be loaded with cheese in a dry or wet environment. depending of the shape and type of cheese.
Choice of infeed methods
This system can be fed in a variety of different ways, so you are free to choose the method that best suits your production needs. Dry feed works for a limited number of shapes, whereas wet feed opens up more shape flexibility. The cheeses are always protected, regardless of the infeed method chosen.
The size of the brining system can be aligned to suit your production capacity and the type of cheese being produced (both of which affect brining time). The layout of the brining system can be adapted to fit the available space in your plant.
Thanks to the Tetra Pak® control system, batches of cheese are tracked from start to finish and can be easily identified at any point in the production process. This gives you access to both real time and historic information about each batch, thereby improving quality control. Should there be a quality issue, the system makes it possible to trace the issue back to a single batch, thereby limiting recalls.
The brine is continuously circulated around the cheese inside the brining vat, keeping conditions stable and ensuring a consistent end product quality. To maintain the overall quality of the brine in the system, any overflow brine is led into a separate treatment section where it is filtered, cooled and its composition is adjusted.