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Old 08-17-2015, 04:13 PM   #11
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For me the best national brand I have found is Cabot brand.

They also make several grades, and the top grade cheddar, which comes in a black wrapper, rivals the deli brands in quality. They have a similar top end white cheddar. Both can be hard to find.

I also think that Cabot is by far the best national brand

Funny someone mentions grainy as a negative. In my experience graininess is a sign of aged cheese. Better for eating, but less aged and therefore less expensive cheeses melt better.

Yes, aged cheese can be grainy in a good way, but a grainy cheese sauce is a sign that it's broken due to high heat. Not good.

Cheese = yum!
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Old 08-18-2015, 12:21 AM   #12
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I really like using half processed cheese like American helps with the creaminess, and I use a sharper natural cheese for the rest.

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Old 08-18-2015, 01:18 AM   #13
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For me the best national brand I have found is Cabot brand.

They also make several grades, and the top grade cheddar, which comes in a black wrapper, rivals the deli brands in quality. They have a similar top end white cheddar. Both can be hard to find.

Funny someone mentions grainy as a negative. In my experience graininess is a sign of aged cheese. Better for eating, but less aged and therefore less expensive cheeses melt better.
Cabot for me also. Because we live so close to Vermont, New England gets fresh deliveries daily. And all their brands are plentiful and easy to find in the supermarkets.

There are other national brands, but I grew up with Cabot's cheeses. I love their Swiss Cheese. A good strong hearty flavor. And one more item in favor of Cabot's. I have yet to see the dreaded orange food coloring in their cheeses.
I always look for their Reserved cheese which is available for a very short time. That is in their black wrapper.
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Old 08-18-2015, 10:56 AM   #14
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Cabot for me also. Because we live so close to Vermont, New England gets fresh deliveries daily. And all their brands are plentiful and easy to find in the supermarkets.

There are other national brands, but I grew up with Cabot's cheeses. I love their Swiss Cheese. A good strong hearty flavor. And one more item in favor of Cabot's. I have yet to see the dreaded orange food coloring in their cheeses.
I always look for their Reserved cheese which is available for a very short time. That is in their black wrapper.
The black wrapped Cabot here is generally only found at Costco, but pick it up whenever I visit Costco.
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Old 08-18-2015, 12:01 PM   #15
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I gandered the Giant. it's pretty grim. no Kraft other than sliced/shredded.
no Cabot. all the store brand cheddars come from the same USDA facility - so mebets the Colby change may well affect the other types as well.

Boar Head at the deli but it's extra sharp; no mild - of any brand except for one imported mild cheddar at $8.95 for a four ounce package. that's not gonna happen.
I did some find some Colby Jack - should try that I suppose.

we also have Weiss (across the street from Giant) and an Aldi (20 mins) - with the decline in Giant I've been shopping more at Weiss so I need to check there.
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