Off cuts in dairy and cheese production – what is it?

In the context of dairy and cheese production, “Off cuts” refer to pieces or chunks of cheese that remain after the cutting or shaping process of the main blocks or forms of cheese. These can be edges, ends, or other irregularities that do not meet the aesthetic or dimensional standards for a particular product. Although often seen as waste, “Off cuts” can be reprocessed or utilized in other ways within the dairy industry.

Most common questions

What can be done with “Off cuts” in dairy?

“Off cuts” in cheese production can be used in various ways:

  • Reprocessing: The fragments can be melted down and shaped into new cheese blocks.
  • By-products: They can be sold as ingredients for salads, casseroles, pizzas, or fondue.
  • Melted cheeses: Off cuts are ideal for producing melted cheeses.

Do “Off cuts” in dairy differ in quality from the main product?

Generally, “Off cuts” possess the same quality as the main product from which they originate. The difference primarily lies in their shape, dimensions, or aesthetics. In rare instances, if “Off cuts” arise due to production flaws, they might have different taste or textural properties, but in most cases, they are of the same quality as the rest of the product.