Cheese, pasteurized process, pimento

Fun Facts

  1. 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.
  2. An important factor for food manufactures is the extended shelf life of processed cheese, due to the additives used.
  3. 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.
  4. The top uses for processed cheese are cheeseburgers and grilled cheese sandwiches.
  5. Legally, processed cheese cannot be sold as “cheese”. It needs to be called a “cheese food”. In fact, the FDA highly regulates how products can be labeled based on their cheese ingredient, moisture content, and milkfat:
    * Pasteurized process cheese – contains 100% cheese
    * Pasteurized process cheese food – contains at least 51% cheese.
    * Pasteurized process cheese product – contains less than 51% cheese.

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