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So I was watching Jimmy's Food Factory on BBC last night and whilst being mesmerised by the manufacture of Viennetta- it struck me how much I'd love to visit a factory.


I know there exists Cadbury World with momentary glimpses of real working factory and some breweries open their doors. Does annybody know of any other opportunities that exist (not necessarily food related) where you can go and see something being made on such a massive scale?

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I have been on a factory tour at Tunnocks, home of the tea cake and caramel wafer, but it's a bit far - Glasgow. And many years ago I had a summer job in a jam and jelly factory. I reckon if you call/write/e-mail a few you'd get a receptive response. Just make sure you don't come across like an animal rights nutter or similar.
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Bloody hell, last factory tours I went on were in Moscow in 1966 (honest!)


Perfume factory and I can't remember what the others were.


School exchange between Lambeth and Moskvoretski (spelling?) - Moscow suburb.


First ever with Russia (as it was) so far as I know.


Sorry, as you were .....

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I have toured the Mars, Kettle Chips and Veetee rice factories (the chips were the best - hot off the line) as well as the Santus sweet factory as a kid.


Santus was magical, a bit wonka-like with boiling vats of sugary goo and massive coloured swathes of molten toffee that would later become pear drops and mint balls. That said, it's in Wigan, so probably a bit far...

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I have to confess to loving that program one discovery called "how it's made" it's facinating to `see them making bolts and such like,the very thought of an extruder at work just does it for me and even gets me a little excited. milk bottles on a conveyor belt.....mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
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I got shown around the Bernard Mathew?s abattoir / factory quite a few years back. The mechanically recovered meat process is an interesting procedure??..


You can try it yourself. Get your pressure washer you use to clean the patio from your garage. Get a load of bones and carcasses from the butcher and then liberally hose the bones down until they are bright white and clean. Scoop up the resulting grey-sodden-meaty-mush and place in a press to remove as much water as you can. Chuck in some food dye and form the meaty paste into any shape you wish and cover in breadcrumbs. Enjoy

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skidmarks Wrote:

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> I got shown around the Bernard Mathew?s abattoir /

> factory quite a few years back. The mechanically

> recovered meat process is an interesting

> procedure??..

>

> You can try it yourself. Get your pressure washer

> you use to clean the patio from your garage. Get a

> load of bones and carcasses from the butcher and

> then liberally hose the bones down until they are

> bright white and clean. Scoop up the resulting

> grey-sodden-meaty-mush and place in a press to

> remove as much water as you can. Chuck in some

> food dye and form the meaty paste into any shape

> you wish and cover in breadcrumbs. Enjoy



Yum! I really fancy chicken nuggets for my tea now.

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Without wanting to take it too far off topic, what do people think of East Dulwich Forum tours? I may show people around the workings of the place, the historic old water wheel and cogs that used to power this place and then onto the new NASA-like control centre where a crack team of moderators watch over everything. For those who are brave enough they can visit the wee-smelling dungeon where the bad and terrible go, it is a bit like Tron crossed with Prisoner Cell Block H.
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Administrator Wrote:

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> Without wanting to take it too far off topic, what

> do people think of East Dulwich Forum tours? I may

> show people around the workings of the place, the

> historic old water wheel and cogs that used to

> power this place and then onto the new NASA-like

> control centre where a crack team of moderators

> watch over everything. For those who are brave

> enough they can visit the wee-smelling dungeon

> where the bad and terrible go, it is a bit like

> Tron crossed with Prisoner Cell Block H.


Yes do count me in. It would be good to see how the international crack team of geekoid operators work and see how that white van man is doing down in the dungeons. :)

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Administrator Wrote:

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> Without wanting to take it too far off topic, what

> do people think of East Dulwich Forum tours? I may

> show people around the workings of the place, the

> historic old water wheel and cogs that used to

> power this place and then onto the new NASA-like

> control centre where a crack team of moderators

> watch over everything. For those who are brave

> enough they can visit the wee-smelling dungeon

> where the bad and terrible go, it is a bit like

> Tron crossed with Prisoner Cell Block H.


Yes do count me in. It would be good to see how the international crack team of geekoid operators work and see how that white van man is doing down in the dungeons. :)

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