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Artisian Cheesemaking: Safety, Sensory and Chemistry

    Event Start: Oct 28, 2013 - 08:30 AM

    Event End: Nov 1, 2013 - 04:30 PM

    Randolph Center, VT 05061

    Artisian Cheesemaking: Safety, Sensory and Chemistry

    Day 1 – October 28th

    Dr. Todd Pritchard, University of Vermont

    This VTC workshop in Food Safety and Artisan Cheesemaking series explores potential hazards in cheese making with a focus on those of a biological nature capable of causing food borne illness if present in cheese. We will review specific microbial pathogens of concern, sources of contamination and interventions aimed at reducing risks both on-farm and in the processing facility. In addition we will discuss preventative control strategies cheesemakers can employ with a focus on essential pre-requisite programs such as good manufacturing practices, proper sanitation standard operating procedures and related documentation. This course will conclude with a thorough description milk quality tests and interpretation of results.


    October 29th

    Dr. Montserrat Almena-Aliste
    Dairy Technologist and President of Green Mountains LACTEUS International

    This VTC 1 day technical workshop provides a practical overview of different sensory techniques used for the evaluation of cheese, with special emphasis on descriptive analysis and their application for product description, marketing and cheese quality improvement. Participants will learn step by step how to successfully implement sensory analysis into the product cycle, and how to create and train a sensory panel for product development and quality control purposes. Sensory training and sensory evaluation techniques are powerful tools to help cheesemakers to define and characterize their product and improve the overall quality of cheese. In this workshop, lead by Dr. Almena a sensory expert and several times Judge at the American Cheese Society (ACS), we will also learn the principles used at the ACS Competition to evaluate and judge cheese. Participants are encouraged to bring their cheeses or company products for technical evaluation.


    October 30-31 and November 1st


    Dr. Montserrat Almena-Aliste Dairy Technologist and President of Green Mountain LACTEUS International

    With the special collaboration of:
    Rick Woods master cheesemaker of Vermont Farmstead Cheese & Jeremy Stephenson from Spring Brook Farm

    This VTC 3-day short course explores the chemistry of cheese in relation to the manufacturing steps responsible for transforming milk into curd, as well as the biochemical changes that the initial product experiences during the ripening process. The material taught provides precise information about the technological factors (both manufacturing and aging) responsible for a specific chemical composition that determines the sensory profile (texture and flavor) in a wide variety of cheeses. The course, instructed by Montserrat Almena-Aliste Ph.D, includes also a hands-on section in which participants will evaluate cheese quality in relationship to physico-chemical composition and sensory properties for different cheese varieties. We will wrap-up the course with a field trip to two Award Winner Farmstead cheese producers, making very different cheese varieties: Vermont Farmstead Cheese Company (bloomy rind and English style cheeses) and Spring Brook Farm (semi-hard alpine cheese varieties). During our visit participants will have the chance to see the cheesemaking process, tour the aging facilities and discuss multiple technical aspects with the master cheesemakers of both dairy farms.

    Registration fee includes a comprehensive course manual, breakfast, lunch and refreshment breaks for all days of the course.

    Optional lodging at the college it is also available at a very competitive price. If you are interested in staying at the college please contact Maureen. [email protected] or 802-879-2336

    Default Cost: $1200.00


    Learn more or register: https://vtcc-events.vtc.edu/register.html?id=252

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