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Old 12-01-2008, 02:03 AM   #1
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What's the difference between cheeses?

I think I asked this once in another thread but I think it got lost in the conversation.

Can someone please tell me the difference between American cheese and cheddar? Is American a processed cheese, or is it a type of cheddar or something totally different that happens to be orange?

This has been a curiosity for quite awhile.

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Old 12-01-2008, 02:08 AM   #2
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American cheese is a processed cheese. It may have had some cheddar in it in the past, but today there isn't any whatsoever.

"...It has traditionally been made from a blend of cheeses, most often Colby and Cheddar. Today’s American cheese is generally no longer made from a blend of all-natural cheeses, but instead is a processed cheese (i.e., it is manufactured from a set of ingredients[1] such as milk, whey, milkfat, milk protein concentrate, whey protein concentrate, salt) which meets the legal definition of cheese..."

American cheese - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Thanks, mertar.

So, is it similar to Velveeta?

What do you use it for?
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Old 12-01-2008, 06:47 AM   #4
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It's mainly used for sandwiches and you typically buy it sliced into squares, about 4 inches square. Some people that don't like cheese can still eat American cheese. It's a very bland cheese. And it comes in white as well, but I've never tasted the white variety. It's used in a lot of omlets, too. It melts fairly well.
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Old 12-01-2008, 09:13 AM   #5
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All true.

It's the standard sandwich cheese. It's used for cheeseburgers, grilled cheese and such. The color is baiscally a tasteless additive for cosmetic reasons.

There are also cheap imitations where more milk and other stuff is used in place of cheese. These products are called cheese food or other names besides just processed cheese.
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Old 12-02-2008, 03:48 AM   #6
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"American Cheese" ?????
So I take it there is a brand called American Cheese, has it got peanut butter or jello in it --- just kidding
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"American Cheese" ?????
So I take it there is a brand called American Cheese, has it got peanut butter or jello in it --- just kidding

It's not a brand but a type.

Hmmm, peanut butter and jelly cheese!!! Brilliant!
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Old 12-02-2008, 07:26 AM   #8
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Also a relatively inexpensive compared to other cheeses, so it is commonly the cheese of choice to hide a pill in to give to your dog or cat.
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Thanks, everyone, I am getting well educated. Do you have things like Kraft Singles as well and what is the comparison between that and American cheese? We use those (and many cheap imitations for burgers, melting, etc.

What am I say? Aren't Kraft slices a not-so-cheap imitation of cheese already? (Hope no one here works for them)
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Old 12-02-2008, 10:25 AM   #10
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Aren't Kraft singled considered American cheese? I thought they were anyway.... I prefer getting it sliced at the deli counter though. The slices aren't as moist as the Kraft singles and I like the texture better. I'll often grab a slice or two everytime the fridge door opens. I like Am cheese.
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