Slideshow: We Tour the Tillamook Cheese Factory, Oregon

Welcome to Tillamook Cheese HQ!
Welcome to Tillamook Cheese HQ!
Our Tour Guide
Our Tour Guide
He's been working for Tillamook for 44 years.
Milk Tanks
Milk Tanks
Here's the basic gist of how cheese is produced here: first, the milk is heated up to 88-degrees then a coagulant is added to give it that "bowl of Jell-O" texture. All of the whey is pushed out and drained, salt is added, and the curds get pressed together to form 42-pound blocks of cheese. (That's a very basic gist.)
Shrink-wrapped and ready
Shrink-wrapped and ready
167,000 pounds of cheese is produced here each day!
For shredding
For shredding
Scraps of cheese head to the shredder.
HEY IT'S MORE CHEESE
HEY IT'S MORE CHEESE
There's a cheese market inside the factory where you can buy basically anything Tillamook makes.
Medium, Sharp, Extra...
Medium, Sharp, Extra...
Loaf Love Tour Bus
Loaf Love Tour Bus
You can't leave without snapping a photo inside the cheddar-colored Volkswagon Loaf Bus. As part of the "Loaf Love Tour," they drive around the country in these buses handing out cheese samples.

Note: in Tilamookspeak, a "block" of cheese is called a "loaf."