Saturday, August 23, 2014

Delicious Assembly Line

In the photo above you'll see what Tillamook calls "forties" - blocks of cheddar cheese weighing between 41 and 42 pounds - on their way to be cut, sliced and packaged at the Tillamook Cheese Factory in Tillamook, Oregon.

Last time we came down the Oregon Coast, the factory was already closed so we didn't have the chance to visit.  But this time with Marlaina and MacGyver in tow, we stopped for the self-guided tour, the free cheese samples, and the goodies purchased at the factory store to take home with us.

Tours with food samples are the best kind.

A few fun facts we learned on the tour:

  • Milk from the farm is turned into cheese within 24 hours of arriving at the factory.
  • It takes 10 pounds (1.16 gallons) of milk to make 1 pound of Tillamook cheese.
  • More than 1.7 million pounds of mile arrive at the plant every day.  Approximately 171,000 pounds of cheese are made each day.
  • Approximately 1 million pieces of cheese are packaged in a week by two daily shifts of proud Tillamook County Creamery Association employees.
  • Tillamook Cheese is the No. 2 brand of natural chunk cheddar cheese in the United States.

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2012: I Can Haul Yer Explosives And Stuff
2011: That Bitch Irene Is Trying To Ruin My Vacation
2010: Licking Our Chops
2009: I’ll Start Working On That Sarcasm Font Right Away
2008: False Security
2007: Protecting The Posies
2006: Asking Too Much
2005: Slotsa Money


Belledog said...

You lucky puppies, touring the PNW coast.

I cruised that route in a convertible a few years ago, from Seattle to Long Beach, CA and it was one of the best trips of my life. Well remember Astoria and Cannon Beach and Pacific City.

Passed through too late in the day to visit the cheese factory, but it's been on the bucket (on 18 wheels) list.

Hope you are all having a grand week.

Gil said...

That is supposed to be some of the best cheddar cheese made in the USA. Time to put it on Anne's shopping list!!!