The final production step for cheddar or dry-salted cheese is forming it into blocks. These are usually a standard size and weigh about 20kg, although other sizes can be produced on request.
Block forming is done by putting the salted curd chips into a curd distribution tank (CDT) then transferring it by means of vacuum, through pipes, into block forming columns.
Because the chips have been salted and acidified, they have to be forced to fuse into blocks. Traditionally this was achieved by pressing, but the modern vacuum technique reduces the time required from 16 hours to just 20 minutes. Bag loading, vacuum sealing and cartoning complete the process.
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Tetra Pak® Blockformer system 6 is a customized, prefabricated and validated blockforming solution, including all the engineering, piping, valves etc. for cheddar cheese.
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