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Grating it up TEXT: BAS VAN DUREN | PHOTOS: NOORDHOEK GERASPTE KAAS
Grating cheese is something you probably have done sometime to enrich your pasta, homemade pizza or maybe your soup. But needing grated cheese on a large scale requires more than just spending hours and hours in the kitchen with a cheese grater. Enter Noordhoek Geraspte Kaas (‘geraspte kaas’ of course meaning ‘grated cheese’), one of the Netherlands’ larger professional cheese graters, situated in the town of Bodegraven and producing more than 15 million kilos of the stringy goodness annually. Noordhoek Geraspte Kaas started near the end of the last century when stallholders Tijmen Koelewijn and Cees Noordhoek joined hands. Cees already had 35 years of experience in the business of cheese. Cees and Tijmen met each other and decided to start a company specialised in the grating of cheese. Many bakers would grate the dairy product themselves, a time consuming process and one that Koelewijn and Noordhoek evaded by buying machinery that could grate on a large scale. What started as a factory producing 100 kilos of grated cheese per day, grew into a 40 | Issue 50 | February 2018
fully-fledged business that can produce a whopping 60 metric tonnes per day.
test our product and we always come out strong. That’s because we set the bar high for ourselves and we’ll never lower it.”
“We grate, amongst others, Gouda, Edammer, Maasdammer, Emmenthaler, Mozzarella, Cheddar and Italian cheeses,” says Peter de Goede, commercial director at Noordhoek Geraspte Kaas. “We’re even able to mix things up, creating a mélange that can be of use to different food producers. Take, for example, a Tex Mex brand we work with: they had trouble with the melting properties and taste of their red cheddar cheese. We added Gouda and Edam to the mix and the end result was exactly how they wanted it.” De Goede continues: “That’s what defines Noordhoek Geraspte Kaas: we offer quality, flexibility and we can deliver fast.” The company works in accordance with hygiene standards and has all the necessary quality marks as defined by the overarching COKZ (central organisation for quality of dairy products). De Goede: “Having that quality mark means that we put nothing in our product that’s not on the label. The organisation does regularly unannounced checks a few times per year to
Commercial director Peter de Goede.
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