Cheese consumption is increasing rapidly worldwide. This is particularly true for pasta filata, or stretched-curd cheeses such as mozzarella, provolone and caciocavallo. Whether eaten alone or used as ingredients in a wide range of recipes, the subtle, fresh flavors of pasta filata cheeses have made them a perennial favorite with consumers. The popularity of these cheeses offers widespread opportunities for manufacturers, but competition is fierce. Producers need to remain flexible to meet consumer demands, and employ robust, reliable technologies to optimize quality and efficiency.
GEA offers state-of-the-art solutions, combined with industrial and processing expertise to ensure the highest quality manufacturing for all types of pasta filata cheese.
The secret of the perfect pasta filata cheese
There is no secret to producing the perfect pasta filata cheese – at least not for GEA.
We know that a range of variables, including humidity, processing water and starter cultures, can all impact on product quality. Starter cultures, for example, are very sensitive to temperature. To produce cheese with high quality and long shelf-life, we have developed highly versatile, industry-leading processing equipment that can be tailored to fit in with local conditions and resources.
We also share our extensive experience and know-how with customers through on-site training sessions at customers’ facilities. GEA specialists can instruct even beginners in the field of cheese manufacture on how to produce cheese professionally. This training has proven invaluable, and about 80% of our cheese processing projects and contracts now involve individual training sessions.
GEA also works with customers to adapt or to optimize installed equipment, while our food technologists can help customers to develop new recipes and processes. And even when we are not on-site, we may be able to remotely monitor PLC-equipped machines so that our customers can be confident that GEA technologies will continue to operate optimally and process consistently high quality products.
Fresh mozzarella – the queen of cheeses
Producing fresh mozzarella depends on in depth know-how and precise processing. Many small details can impact on ultimate product quality. The cooling process, for example, is critical to the production of mozzarella. If the cheese is cooled too quickly then thermal shock can result, which leads to disruption of the skin and cheese dehydration.
GEA has an in depth understanding of cheese-specific processing issues, and we offer flexible, versatile processing systems and solutions that can be configured to meet every requirement, so that our customers can produce top quality fresh mozzarella, and many other types of pasta filata cheese..