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Producing Our Cheese

  • Step 1

    Milk is collected from our farms, pasteurised and then pumped into vats. Starter culture and rennet are added, turning the milk into curds and whey.

  • Step 2

    The whey is drained and the curd is cut into blocks and salted. It is then milled and placed into cylindrical hoops.

  • Step 3

    The hoops are stacked and moved to a hastener room where they are turned daily for five days. Turning ensures even distribution of the curd.

  • Step 4

    On day six, the cheese is removed from the hoops and wrapped in film to help support it. It is moved to the maturing room where it is turned weekly.

  • Step 5

    During weeks six and seven, the cheeses are skewered by stainless steel needles to activate the growth of the famous blue veins.

  • Step 6

    The cheese grader checks the progress of the cheese by removing a core of the Stilton with a grading iron. This shows a cross section of the cheese from the centre to the crust, which is assessed for maturity and openness of texture.

  • Step 7

    The final product is a perfect Blue Stilton to take centre stage on your cheeseboard.