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Long gone are the carefree, sunshine-filled days of summer. It’s time to dust off your dictionary, pack your backpack and head back to school for another year of blissful learning…or something like that. Here at Tillamook, we love to learn new things almost as much as we love to eat cheese. You too? Good! We’re here to teach you the ins and outs of this dairy business, one cheesy word definition at a time!

Tillamook noun: “The land of many waters” or the magical place on the Pacific Coast in Oregon where the air is salty, the cows are happy and the cheese is delicious.

Dairy Cow noun: The lovely lady bovine animals that provide the creamy, dreamy milk used to make our cheese, ice cream, butter, sour cream and yogurt.

Squeaky adjective: a familiar noise you will hear when you bite our famous cheese curds at the Tillamook Cheese Factory!

Cheddaring Process verb: The process our cheddar cheese curds go through after the whey is drained off. Curds mat together and are tested for proper body and acidity, after which they are cut into small pieces, and salted!

Enzymes noun: Billions of microscopic, living organisms added to milk to kick off the production of Tillamook Cheese, ice cream and sour cream!

Delicious adjective: The only word you’ll be able to muster up after a bite of our award winning cheese!

Whey noun: Liquid that is separated from the curds during the cheese making process. Whey is dried and sold as a healthy alternative to sugar for baking!

Naturally Age verb: The process in which we wait, and wait…and wait for our cheddar to develop its award-winning taste without any unnatural processing.

Ice Cream noun: The best dessert ever, especially when it’s packed full of Northwest Berries!

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