Welcome to Tillamook Cheese HQ!
Our Tour Guide
He's been working for Tillamook for 44 years.
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
167,000 pounds of cheese is produced here each day!
Scraps of cheese head to the shredder.
HEY IT'S MORE CHEESE
There's a cheese market inside the factory where you can buy basically anything Tillamook makes.
Medium, Sharp, Extra...
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."