CHEESE PRODUCTION IN HOME CONDITIONS AS A MINI-BUSINESS
The business idea of producing hard cheese at home is consistently profitable and does not require large investments. This fact is due to many factors, which are all described in this article. The main ones are:
Affordable equipment for home businesses.
The ability to produce a wide range of varieties of cheese at home on the same equipment.
There will always be a demand for all types of cheeses.
Even a newcomer to the business will be able to adjust the market.
The profitability of some varieties may exceed 200%!
Anyone can learn how to produce cottage cheese or hard cheese at home. Over time, the experience will appear and the home cheese maker will be able to produce elite varieties of this most useful dairy product.
CHEESE PRODUCTION AS BUSINESS: MINI SHOP
Homemade cheese business.
The mini-production of cheese as a business has several of its primary economic justifications. In general, the estimated profitability of production is not difficult to calculate. If you buy milk in the countryside from the population of $ 0.25 per 1 liter. When you exit 10% of 100 liters, we get 10 kg of hard cheese, the price of which starts from $ 8 per 1 kg. And of that: $ 8 * 10kg = $ 80 of income – ($ 0.25 * 100l.) = $ 55 of dirty profit. To produce cheese at home is especially beneficial in rural areas. Where the minimum (or absent) shipping costs for the delivery of milk. Consider the profitability of the business and the line for the production of cheese in numbers:
The yield of the finished product during cheese making depends on its variety: 10% hard cheeses; 15% semi-solid; 20% cottage cheese and soft cheese varieties. But with the steam approach and the use of capacity for receiving milk, the output can be significantly increased (this will be described below).
Cheese takes 1.5-4 hours to cook. This feature of the technology has a positive effect on the performance of home production. After all, in a day it is really possible to do 3-4 boiling.
On the same equipment it is possible to produce all types of cheese products with the exception of some aesthetic varieties.
You need a room for storing cheese with good ventilation and the ability to support temperatures from +4 to +12 degrees. Square 10-15 sq.m. will be quite enough.
The main thing without which it is impossible to do – this is without a cheese maker. Its price starts from $ 500 for 10 liters of cooking. The most popular in the small business of cheese-making are 25 liter cheese factories worth 4000 $. Country producer of the best cheese cookers – Italy. We recommend to pay attention to cheap Italian manufacturer “Sfoggia”. Although you can purchase a budget version of the domestic manufacturer “Minicheese”, which offers 60 Liter cheese cookers at a price of $ 3,250.
The production home line can be gradually completed with additional equipment to increase the profitability and productivity of the line.
EQUIPMENT FOR CHEESE PRODUCTION IN HOUSEHOLD CONDITIONS
Cheese line is not limited to home conditions. It can consist only of the main equipment. But over time, it is desirable to acquire accessories. The mini-plant for the production of cheese can be assembled from the following equipment:
Cheese cooker with a heating element with a capacity of 1.5 kW (quite acceptable for living conditions). She should be able to connect to running water. For precise control of temperature conditions, the cheese-maker is equipped with a special thermostat with a software control unit.
Colander for filtering grain mass.
Forms from food plastic.
Cylindrical weights weighing 5 kg for pressing semi-hard cheeses. Or a press for the production of hard varieties of cheese.
Salting container is a container made of food grade stainless steel (not magnetised).
Forming table and racks of neutral wood (for example, linden).
Auxiliary equipment allows to increase the performance of the cheese-making complex. These include:
The container from food plastic for discharge of the semi-annual product.
Special packaging for the selection of whey.
That’s all! It is important to note that the equipment of this type of production does not require special operating conditions and careful maintenance. No need for additional costs for maintenance or repair work. Cheese cooker and related devices will last a long time, reliably and efficiently. Once bought and forgot about operating costs.
TECHNOLOGY OF PRODUCTION OF CHEESE IN HOME CONDITIONS
Technology of production of solid varieties.
Home conditions allow to produce many types of cheeses. The production technology of each type is different, despite the fact that it works on the same equipment. Consider the basic production technology with the right approach to increasing productivity and profits in the cheese business. The entire production cycle consists of several stages: