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Kelli Stephens, owner of Edgewood Creamery in Purdy, checks on the dairy cattle that produce the milk used at the creamery. Edgewood
Creamery contracts with several dairy farms to buy the high-quality milk in the quantity needed for production.
Their regular or jalapeno cheese curds also are popular.
A typical day at the dairy includes collecting the milk
from the dairy farms, then pasteurizing and preparing it
to make cheese or bottle for sale.
Today, cheese curds and hand bottling milk is on the
schedule. For the cheese curd process, milk is poured into
a large stainless steel vat, with enzymes added and slowly
heated to get the pH levels correct for the cheese. After
the machines stir for hours, curds begin to form as they
separate from the liquid. Once most of the liquid is gone,
Kelli and the staff squeeze excess liquid out, then slice the
solid mass of cheese into large slabs.
The cheese is then stacked in the stainless steel vat
so any remaining liquid continues to drain. When ready,
the slabs are run through a curd slicer. As the curds
cure, dairy workers toss them to make sure they're salted
evenly. Then the curds are weighed and packed into stainless
steel, cheesecloth lined forms and hand packed and
pressed overnight. Then they're ready for vacuum sealing
and labeling.
One main distinction with Edgewood Creamery's milk is
that it isn't homogenized like most milks consumers can
purchase at the store. It's also hand bottled.
Homogenization is the step after pasteurization when
the fat is blown up into a smaller size and stays suspended
in the milk. Edgewood Creamery's milk is made
with a minimal amount of processing, allowing them to
offer a healthier nonhomogenized milk.
Another thing which makes Edgewood Creamery's dairy
varieties unique are the type of cows they use to make
their milk and cheese. Part of the dairy cows they milk
offer A2A2 genetics. This choice makes the creamery currently
one of the only ones in the region to offer A2A2 milk
in addition to regular milk.
" Some of the cows we milk have been genetically tested
to make sure they have only these proteins in them, " says
Kelli, then quickly follows with, " You've heard of heirloom
seeds? A2A2 cows are heirloom cows. "
The A2A2 milk is a game changer for those people who
are lactose intolerant. The milk is collected in separate
bulk tanks to make sure there isn't cross-contamination.
" There's actually not a lot more money in this for us,
but we want to look out for our end customer. This is one
more option we can offer to those who might not have
been able to enjoy dairy before, " says Kelli.
According to the dairy owner, you won't taste any difference
between regular and A2A2 milk. But she does say
Edgewood's milk tastes sweeter and creamier than most
because the cows are grass fed and the milk is vat pasteurized.
According to Kelli, it doesn't cause inflammation
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