Käserei Tobler – traditional cheesemakers.
From raw milk to hard cheese.
Excellent cheese isn't achieved by chance. The general rule of thumb when producing cheese is that if you don't use good-quality milk, you won't obtain a high-quality cheese. That's why Marcel collects the fresh milk on a daily basis from farmers in the region and checks the quality of it on-location. The cheese is always produced in accordance with the same principle, but the milk is subject to natural variations. That's why no two cheeses taste the same. "A good cheese is when you have the feeling that its taste will appeal to as broad a range of people as possible." And there are several different factors which play a role in this: it starts with obtaining the milk and also includes the storage of the products as well as bacteriological aspects.
The aromatic secret behind Appenzeller.
The Appenzell region lends its name to the cheese. But not every cheese can become an Appenzeller. The following conditions have to be fulfilled for a cheese to earn this name:
|· the brand is a protected product – Appenzeller can only be produced in the strictly limited geographical area of origin. This comprises four cantons around the Säntis mountain: St Gallen, Appenzell Inner Rhodes, Appenzell Outer Rhodes and Thurgau.|
|· Only silage-free raw milk is allowed to be used for the cheese to ensure that no large holes develop during the resting period.|
|· The secret recipe of the herbal brine used during the maturing period lends the cheese its specific aromatic taste. The longer the cheese matures, the more aromatic it tastes.|
A world champion cheese.
The Sprinter as a milk transporter.
Marcel even looks after the transport of the milk himself. With his Sprinter 519 CDI 4x4, he drives to the dairy farmers in the Appenzell region to collect the fresh raw milk. The special refrigerated body provides the optimum conditions for this. In order to achieve as low a vehicle weight as possible, Marcel has had a tank installed directly on the chassis. The integrated refrigeration system of the tank ensures that the milk stays fresh on his rounds. The tank is designed such that it is easy to clean and that the milk doesn't freeze at higher altitudes. "I was able to uprate the Sprinter to five tonnes and so I have a greater payload available to me for transporting more milk at any one time. That's a massive advantage." Together with the vehicle supplier he determined the perfect load distribution. The tank was then positioned appropriately on the chassis.
Efficiency which pays.
"I opted for the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter because the vehicle has a good payload. It means I can transport more milk per journey and that I don't have to drive as often because I can better utilise the vehicle's capacity."
Specificities of transporting milk.
Fresh milk is a sensitive raw material. To ensure it doesn't turn sour during transport, various things need considering:
|1. Gentle driving: pulling away and slowing down gently in order to keep agitation as low as possible.|
|2. But if it is necessary to brake abruptly: waiting a while before pulling away again.|
|3. Pre-emptive driving: if transporting a large quantity of liquid, the driving and braking characteristics change drastically.|
Step-by-step to a world champion cheese.
The cheese is pressed in a cheese press.
Individually tailored products.
The 1800 litres of milk which fit in the vehicle's tank are pumped off via the pipe.
Be it on level or rough mountain roads...
Thanks to the all-wheel-drive system, Marcel can also reliably reach the most remote farms in the Appenzell region.
Only the best is good enough.
Quality control is a top priority when it comes to making cheese.