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Course Description

During this 5-day course, participants will learn the scientific and technological principles of cheesemaking through interactive lectures and apply them in hands-on cheese making laboratories. Cheese varieties are selected to illustrate a wide range of technological families such as Cheddar, soft-ripened, ricotta, hard Italian types, lactic cheese etc.    

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the learner will:

  • Be able to describe the different processes of milk preparation for cheese making through class discussions, including the basics of cheese milk formulation.
  • Have a working knowledge of primary and secondary cultures and be able to intelligently discuss  culture selection and applications for various cheeses;
  • Have a working knowledge of the principles of milk coagulation, and of selection and use of coagulants;
  • Understand the roles of other cheesemaking ingredients;
  • Be able to perform basic cheese yield calculations and explain the principal factors affecting cheese yield;
  • Classify cheeses based on basic manufacturing technologies such as acid versus rennet coagulation
  • Discuss the quality of a cheese using a cheese grading template. 

Course Topics

  • Milk quality, chemistry, and treatment
  • Ingredients in cheese making
  • Cheese classification and quality
  • Manufacturing, ripening and packaging
  • Yield and process control
  • Hands on cheese making


Assessment Item Weight
End of unit 5-minute quizzes   10%
Accuracy and completeness of make sheets    20%
Take home assignment    70%
Total 100%



Resource:  Cheese Education e-Book


Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Section Title
Introduction to Cheese Making Technology
In-Class Instruction
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
8:00AM to 4:30PM
April 27, 2020 to April 30, 2020
In-Class Instruction
8:00AM to 1:45PM
May 01, 2020
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
  • Guelph
Course Fee(s)
Tuition Fee $2,200.00
Section Notes
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