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Pasteurizer Great For Small Producer
Marjie Lupien, Waldoboro, Maine: “The Vat 15-gal. pasteurizer (www.thevatpasteurizer.com; ph 800-236-3956) is a best buy for my cheesemaking business, Mystique Chèvre.
“I’ve used it for about 15 years. I started making cheese in 1979 and for many years used a pasteurizer made in England. The Vat was a great replacement and doubled my production capacity, allowing me to make cheese less often.
“At 81, I only milk 6 to 8 goats and make cheese twice a week. I don’t know of many other pasteurizers for small farms like mine, but I do believe The Vat is unique in letting me pasteurize and make cheese in the same machine.
“It also keeps me legal. The Anderson Chart Recorder that comes with it records milk temperature and air space heat, which I need to sell my cheese in Massachusetts. It meets FDA requirements if I wanted to ship my cheese to other states. However, I sell everything I make within 25 miles.
“The Vat is easy to clean and easy to use, but what I really appreciate is the customer service. I can call the company any time and talk to a person who understands the machine and knows what he is talking about.
“My Nubian goats are another best buy. Other producers like the Swiss breeds for the higher quantity of milk they produce. But the Nubians produce a higher butterfat milk, creamy like Jersey milk and ideal for making cheese. I use it to make soft and surface ripened cheese, as well as cheese packed in oil.”

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2019 - Volume #43, Issue #6