Robert J. Wargel - Winnetka IL
Steven P. Greiner - Waukegan IL
David H. Hettinga - Orinda CA
Kraft, Inc. - Glenview IL
A process and product are provided for the rapid manufacture of cheese products, and particularly process cheese-type products as hereinafter defined. In the process, a cultured component is prepared and mixed with a milk protein concentrate and a fat concentrate, which mixture is fermented to provide a cheese material capable of being made into process cheese-type products by conventional cheese cooking techniques. The cultured component is prepared by proteolyzing milk protein and by lipolyzing milk fat, and forming a mixed fermentate of these hydrolyzed materials. The mixed fermentate is combined with a cheese starter culture and fermented to give the cultured component.