Behind The Scenes: The Berkey Creamery In Photos
Celebrating 150 years of success, the Berkey Creamery is recognized nationwide for its delicious ice cream. To compliment its famous frozen delicacy, the Creamery produces a wide range of different products; ranging from yogurt and iced tea to spreads and cheeses.
This past week, we had the unique opportunity to tour the Rodney A. Erickson Food Science Building to witness firsthand just how that delicious ice cream is made. If you’ve never had the chance to peek inside the Creamery — or if you’re simply too lazy to actually go — you’re in luck, because we’ve compiled the experience into a nice convenient photo tour for all of you to follow.
Donning a fresh lab coat and hair net, we followed our guide through double doors where we were met by one of the Creamery’s massive milk holding tanks.
After that, our guide took us to the production floor of the Creamery, where some of the packaging and pasteurizing takes place.Where the actual magic happens is within these huge tankards of milk and ice cream.Once we exited the production room, our guide took us to what we call the “Cheese Room” due to the massive quantities of cheese stored in this area (duh).The Creamery has everything down to a science when it comes to its products. Although we can’t divulge the exact processes conducted in the lab, we can say with great certainty that the good folks behind the scenes at the Creamery care deeply about product safety.Now to the coolest part of the tour — the freezer! Pictures can only do so much to depict just how cold it actually was in the chamber. Kept at a balmy 35 below zero, the freezer stores all finished ice cream products awaiting distribution.And with that, we stepped from the frozen confines of the Rodney A. Erickson Food Science building, bringing an end to the tour. Be sure to give the new Birthday Cake flavor a try to celebrate a belated National Ice Cream Day.
Photos: Steffen Blanco