Fresh cheeses from pasteurised (80°C for 15 s), homogenised-pasteurised (15+3 MPa at 60°C; 80°C for 15 s) or ultra-high pressure homogenised milks (300 MPa and inlet temperature of 30°C) were produced in order to evaluate different technological aspects during cheese-making and to study their microbial shelf life. Although the coagulation properties of milk were enhanced by ultra-high pressure homogenisation (UHPH), the cheese-making properties were somewhat altered; both conventional homogenisation and UHPH of milk provoked some difficulties at cutting the curd due to crumbling and improper curd matting due to poor cohesion of the grains. Cheese-milk obtained by UHPH showed a higher microbiological quality than milk obtained by conventional treatments. Starter-free fresh cheeses made from UHPH-treated milk showed less syneresis during storage and longer microbiological shelf-life than those from conventionally treated milk samples. © Proprietors of Journal of Dairy Research 2012.
- microbiological quality
- starter-free cheese
- Ultra-high pressure homogenisation