With as few as three main ingredients, cream cheese is widely consumed in the United States and provides a mild, sweet taste with a pleasant slight tang.
Since its mass production in the 1870’s, the basic open-faced bagel and cream cheese sandwich remains a popular breakfast and brunch food. Cream cheese is also used to enrich cheesecakes, frostings, dips, toppings, and when used in combination with fruit combinations such as blueberries, raspberries and kiwis, makes a flavorful and savory dessert.
Cream cheese is a soft, fresh cheese that differs from other soft cheeses because it is firmed with lactic acid, rather than being naturally matured. Therefore, homemade cream cheese needs to be consumed fresh.
Cream cheese is easy to make at home using simple methods and recipes. However, consistent, reliable commercial manufacture of cream cheese is more difficult.
Cream cheese is made from unskimmed cow’s milk and cream giving it a higher fat content compared to other cheeses. Fat repels water, which tends to separate from the cheese. In industrial production, vegetable-based thickeners and stabilizers such as guar or carob bean gum, and sometimes carrageenan are added to reduce moisture content and improve texture. These additives also extend the product’s shelf life.
Salt and nitrogen can also be added to improve the spreadability of cream cheese at room temperature.
Thayer Scale Loss-In-Weight feeders are used to meter thickeners and stabilizers in the correct proportion to create the body and creamy texture that cream cheese lovers crave.
Benefits of Thayer Scale’s solution for cream cheese production
- Highly accurate measurement.
- Engineered to fit new or existing process layouts.
- Reduced product quality instances
- Provides a long-term, low cost of ownership with rugged, “Built-to-Survive” construction.
- Reduce sanitation time – the PFM-SC-S Loss-In-Weight Feeder disassembles quickly without hand tools to optimize sanitation effectiveness.
- Seamless integration with modern process software facilitates automatic, real-time analysis of additive measurement and delivery.
- Unique disturbance control algorithm can be deployed to maintain closed loop gravimetric control whenever impact, velocity or oscillatory process disturbances are periodically or randomly experienced.
- User programmable alarm points immediately signal issues with any critical measurements.
- Comprehensive manually supervised calibration process for quick validation of measurement accuracy.
- Optional Remote Diagnostic Terminal available facilitates remote access from any web browser.
Thayer Scale equipment for the manufacture of Cream Cheese
Sanitary Loss-in-weight feeders
- Loss-in-weight feeders
- Single- or twin-screw
- Vibratory pan or rotary feeder
- Feed rates from grams/minute to tons/hour
Hopper and silo discharge solutions
- Created to ensure precise, uninterrupted flow of material