Cheese product, pasteurized process, American, reduced fat, fortified with vitamin D

Fun Facts

  1. Processed cheese is also known as “process cheese”, “prepared cheese”, and “cheese food”.
  2. Yes, it’s made with regular cheese, but with the addition of one or more of the following: whey, emulsifiers, milk, salts, preservatives, and food coloring.
  3. The most popular processed cheese in the US is “American Cheese” although there is no one definition for that term. In most people’s minds, the term has come to mean a smooth, mild flavored cheese.
  4. Processed cheese was invented over 100 years ago in Switzerland, but it took an American, James L. Kraft, to manufacture the first commercially available sliced processed cheese, just after World War 2.
  5. One of the biggest consumer benefits of processed cheese is “the melt”. The use of emulsifiers in processed cheese lets it melt smoothly and uniformly when heated.
  6. Packaging each slice separately is a major convenience factor of processed cheese. If you’d like to skip chewing altogether, processed cheese can be found in spray cans.
  7. The top uses for processed cheese are cheeseburgers and grilled cheese sandwiches.

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