Bunker Hill Cheese Raw Milk Cheese is produced without pasteurization. Our Raw Milk cheese has a stronger richer flavor profile and our fastest growing product line. It is continually a source of interest among cheese lovers everywhere and those interested in a more holistic lifestyle. We’re proud to present this flavorful non-pasteurized cheese as an new option to our customers.
Pasteurization is a process where the milk is heated to no less than 161.5° F and held at that temperature for a minimum of 15 seconds. This process step is used to kill unwanted bacteria in the milk. There are many arguments in regards to the affect of the pasteurization to the proteins and fatty acids in milk. At this high of a temperature (161.5° F) it is argued that the proteins become denatured and that fatty acids are destroyed which eliminates a lot of the value one gets by eating or drinking dairy products.
In effort to supply our consumers with an option of choosing either pasteurized or unpasteurized (Raw Milk) cheese, we have made available our Raw Milk Cheddar Cheese. We produce our Raw Milk Cheddar according to the FDA Code of Federal Regulations 21CFR133.113. As stated in the regulations, any cheddar cheese that is manufactured without aid of pasteurization must be stored at a temperature of not less than 35° F for a minimum of 60 days. Cheese, being a fermented food, has its natural fermentation process, a natural break down and formation of lactic acid. The increase of the lactic acid presence in the cheese helps in the destruction and protects the cheese from the growth of unwanted bacteria that was not eliminated in the pasteurization process. The Ohio Department of Agriculture who is Bunker Hill Cheese FDA representative and our regulatory agency does monitor our storage practices to assure the consumer that our Raw Milk Cheddar is indeed aged for the required 60 days.
We at Bunker Hill Cheese want our customers to be as informed about our products as possible. We pride ourselves in our cheese and the fact that our milk comes from local farms. We hope the above information will help you make an informed decision in choosing the Bunker Hill Cheese of your choice.
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