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CDR: Cheesemaking Fundamentals (online, self-study)

CDR: Cheesemaking Fundamentals (online, self-study)

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Event Details

This course is being offered online as a self-study course. Participants will be able to take the course at their own pace starting on November 9th. You must register before October 26th.

This course closes on February 26th, 2022. After this date, course materials and recordings will no longer be available.

Don’t miss this opportunity to build a strong cheesemaking foundation. Learn the basics of cheese science from Center for Dairy Research experts. This on-demand workshop will cover basic cheese manufacturing science, principles of moisture and pH, basic mathematical calculations commonly used by cheesemakers, and common government regulations. Get all your questions answered. This course is a prerequisite for CDR’s new Advanced Cheese Technology Course.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn the basics of milk composition and milk quality.
  • Learn about basic microbiology that affects milk and dairy products.
  • Learn about typical milk and dairy product processing equipment found in most dairy plants.
  • Learn about some fundamental regulatory rules that apply to milk and dairy products.
  • Learn basic principles of food safety and sanitation.
  • Learn how cheese is made.
  • Learn what happens during cheese aging and ripening.
  • Learn about expectations for how cheese functions (melts, stretches, etc.) in foods.


  • Fundamentals of cheesemaking
  • Prep and care of equipment
  • Testing and grading of milk and dairy products
  • Pasteurization
  • Composition
  • Starters
  • pH control
  • Common defects and how to overcome them
  • Cheese science primer
  • Laws related to cheesemaking
  • Relevant mathematical problems related to plant operations