'factory tours' on Serious Eats

We Tour the Tillamook Cheese Factory, Oregon

Tillamook Cheese is headquartered in Tillamook County, Oregon—you'll see the tall stainless steel vats of milk out front. Fifteen million pounds of milk goes through here each day and the majority of it comes from cows in Tillamook county (where they all Tillamoooo, sorry milk puns are too easy). Go on a quick tour of the cheese factory with us! More

Iceland: Behind the Scenes Tour of a Skyr Factory

Skyr is right up there with volcanoes and Björk as being one of the most Icelandic things I knew about before visiting Iceland. Wonderfully thick and creamy, skyr tastes somewhere between tart Greek yogurt, crème fraîche, and soft-serve. And Icelanders have been eating it forever; there are even medieval literary records of skyr being eaten in the Sagas as early as the 11th century. So, despite its recent boom in the yogurt market, skyr ain't just a new fad. Let's see how that Viking mjolk (Icelandic for "milk") becomes skyr! Take a tour of a skyr factory with us. More

A Tour of the Granola Factory in Bethlehem, PA

Walk into the Granola Factory and it smells like a bakery with oatmeal cookies in the oven—since, let's be honest, granola is somewhere between cereal and cookies, probably closer to cookies. We went on a tour of the granola-making enterprise, which started in the Virgilio family's B&B kitchen around the corner at the quaint Bethlehem Inn. More

Behind the Scenes at the See's Candies Factory in Los Angeles

When it opened for business in 1921, the first See's Candies shop was a small storefront at 135 North Western Avenue, in the heart of what is now Los Angeles' Koreatown. The founder, Charles See, set up a candy kitchen in the back of the shop, where he turned out his mother Mary's recipes for dipped bon bons, maple walnut creams, and toffee. Last week, I had my own personal Golden Ticket moment when I got to tour the See's factory and watch the candy getting made. More

Seriously Asian: Going on a Dumpling Factory Tour

Recently some of the Serious Eats team went on a tour of a noodle and dumpling factory located in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Inside, it was kind of how you'd expect a dumpling and noodle factory to look: large machines of dough rollers and dumpling crimpers (more on that in the slideshow). The sweet smell of alkaline egg noodles filled the air while we walked around the facilities in white coats and wader boots. The best part? Grabbing freshly steamed dumplings straight from a giant dumpling conveyor belt! Take a look at the dumplification process. More

Some Food Factory Tours an 'Obscure Casualty of 9/11'

The Vermont Times Argus reports on the discontinuation of the decades-old tradition of tours at the Maple Grove Farms factory. In order to get a "Safety Quality Food" certification, without which major retailers won't carry a product, the St. Johnsbury, Vermont, plant has closed itself off: "Used to be you could bring a Boy Scout troop in and walk right through. That ain't going to happen anymore." More

Ben and Jerry's Flavor Graveyard

One of the best and worst things about Ben & Jerry's: they're always introducing new flavors. But with that comes some rough goodbyes to the retired flavors. Just when you started falling for Bovinity Divinity, it's nowhere to be seen in freezers. At the Ben & Jerry's factory in Waterbury, Vermont, they have an actual graveyard—as in, there are headstones and it's on a grassy knoll—for these late flavors. Let's take a moment to remember them. More

Tour of Sandro Desii Factory in Catalonia, Spain

Pasta-making machines and single-serve sundaes from Sandro Desii. [Photographs: Sight Unseen] The website Sight Unseen takes us all along on a photo tour of the Sandro Desii factory, where Sandro Desii and his small crew manufactures artisanal pastas and ice cream. The photo essay gives an inside look at the factory, the pasta-making process, and the personality behind the products.... More

Video: Churning Artisanal Butter in Maine

You can almost smell and taste the butter in this video from the Boston Globe. It goes inside the Kate's Homemade Butter "factory"* in Maine, where 3,600-pound-capacity butter churns produce some truly delicious butter. (I know it's delicious because I actually have some in my fridge now.) After seeing the massive quantity of butter in this video I want nothing more than a nice short stack of pancakes slathered with the stuff—along with some Vermont maple syrup to complete the New England theme. [Mondo butterage, after the jump!]... More

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