Cheese Maker

Cheese Plant Worker

Minimum No entry barrier

Not required

The tasks a Cheese Maker is expected to perform include:

Cooking milk and specified ingredients to make cheese according to a formula

Pasteurizing and separating the milk to obtain the prescribed butter fat content

Turning the valves to fill the vat with milk and heating the milk to the specified temperature

Starting the agitator to mix the ingredients

Testing samples of milk for acidity and allowing the agitator to mix the ingredients until the specified level of acidity is reached

Dumping and mixing a measured amount of rennet into the milk

Stopping the agitator to allow the milk to coagulate into curd

Cutting the curd or separating the curd with a hand scoop to release the whey

Observing the thermometer, adjusting the steam valve and starting the agitator to stir and cook the curd at the prescribed temperature for the specified time

Squeezing and stretching a sample of curd with one?s fingers and extending the cooking time to achieve the desired firmness or texture

Scooping the curd into burlap containers to drain off excess moisture

Placing the cheese in moulds and pressing it into shape

Piercing or smearing the cheese with a cultured wash to develop mould growth

Turning the cheese blocks on the shelves to cure the cheese

Pasteurizing the milk and operating the centrifugal machine to separate the cream from the pure milk

Immersing the cheese in brine or rolling it in dry salt

Knowledge of relevant tools and equipment

Knowledge of safety and hygiene regulations

Basic knowledge of fermentation and microbiology

Basic knowledge of chemistry

Knowledge of the temperature effects on cheese making

Knowledge of the solubility of specific ingredients

Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs and other techniques

Familiar with the different types of cheeses

Manual dexterity

Certificate in Food Processing (traineeship)




It is not a desk job

Need not handle a team

Local travelling is not a part of this job role

Part-time work and contractual jobs maybe available

Work from home option is not available

Working hours

Companies usually work for 6/7 days a week and 8/10 hours everyday. This may vary from company to company

Shift system maybe available

Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?

The job is not listed as hazardous or dangerous as per The Factories Act, 1948 (section 87)

For freshers - INR 8,000 to INR 10,000 per month

(These figures are indicative and subject to change)

The Food Industry in India

According to IBEF, the Indian food industry is poised for huge growth, increasing its contribution to the world food trade every year. In India, the food sector has emerged as a high-profit sector. The role of the Indian government has been instrumental in the growth and development of the industry. The Indian food and grocery market is the world?s sixth largest, with retail contributing 70 per cent of the sales. It is projected to grow at a rate of 104 per cent, touching USD 482 billion by 2020.

Since the White Revolution, India's milk industry has grown manifold and is one of the biggest in the world. The Indian cheese market is presently worth around USD 237 million, but is expected to grow at roughly 15-20 per cent annually. India?s large consumption market, its existing milk supplies and established consumer preference for dairy products have encouraged many global dairy companies. The Indian food processing industry is on an assured track of growth and profitability, thanks to the rapid advances in developing food technologies that are essential for the conversion of farm produce into usable food items. Therefore, the role of Cheese Maker has a bright career in India.

Milk plants

Food processing companies

Dairy shops

Cities and towns across India