Dairylea and The Laughing Cow are leading brands. Another type of processed cheese created in the United States is Provel pizza cheese, which uses cheddar, Swiss, and provolone cheeses as flavorants. This cheese spread is simple, tasty, and perfect for your next get together. [3] Cheese spread is typically spread onto foods such as bread, toast, crackers and vegetables.[4][5]. Pasteurized process cheese spread is a type of cheese spread prepared using pasteurized processed cheese and other ingredients. [23][24] After cooling occurs, the product is then packaged. [9] Provel cheese is commonly used in St. Louis-style pizza.[10]. As a result, many flavors, colors, and textures of processed cheese exist. Easy Cheese is the trademark for a processed cheese spread product distributed by Mondelēz International.It is also referred to as aerosol cheese, spray cheese or simply cheese in a can, and is similar to squeeze cheese (a semi-solid cheesefood from the 1970s packaged in a squeezable plastic tube). The mixture is heated with an emulsifier, poured into a mold, and allowed to cool. Nor does the FDA maintain a standard of identity for "pasteurized process cheese product" (emphasis on the trailing "Product"), a designation which appears particularly on many American store- and generic-branded singles. Nor does the FDA … Owing to its highly mechanized (i.e., assembly line) methods of production, and additive ingredients (e.g., oils, salts, or colors), some softer varieties of processed cheese cannot legally be labeled as actual "cheese" in many countries, even those in which slightly harder varieties can be. [13][14] After an FDA Warning Letter protesting Kraft's use of MPC in late 2002,[15] some varieties of Kraft Singles formerly labeled "pasteurized process cheese food" became "pasteurized prepared cheese product", Velveeta was relabeled from "pasteurized process cheese spread" to "pasteurized prepared cheese product", and Easy Cheese from "pasteurized process cheese spread" to "pasteurized cheese snack". [23][24] Pasteurized process cheese spread is prepared by heating the ingredients and then pouring the mixture into various molds and containers to cool and become solid. Processed cheese is often sold in blocks, pressurized cans, and packs of individual slices, often separated by wax paper, or with each slice individually wrapped by machine. [4][5][6] Kraft Foods developed the first commercially available, shelf-stable, sliced, processed cheese; it was introduced in 1950. Nor does the FDA maintain a standard of identity for "pasteurized process cheese product" (emphasis on the trailing "Product"), a designation which appears particularly on many American store- and generic-branded singles. The emulsifiers (typically sodium phosphate, potassium phosphate, tartrate, or citrate) reduce the tendency for tiny fat globules in the cheese to coalesce and pool on the surface. Moisture must be between 44-60 percent, and fat content >20 percent. The use of emulsifiers in processed cheese results in a product that melts without separating when cooked; with prolonged heating, some natural cheeses (especially cheddar and mozzarella) separate into a lumpy, molten protein gel and liquid fat combination. Traditional cream cheese is made from 50% cream and 50% whole milk. The use of emulsifiers in processed cheese results in a product that melts without separating when cooked; with prolonged heating, some natural cheeses (especially cheddar and mozzarella) separate into a lumpy, molten protein gel and liquid fat combination. [18][19] Pub cheese is a soft cheese spread that is a traditional bar snack in the United States. ", "Warning Letters: Kraft Foods North America, Inc. 18-Dec-02", American Chemical Society article on processed cheese, "From Cheese to Cheese Food: How Kraft persuaded Americans to accept cheese by divorcing it from its microbe-laden origins", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Processed_cheese&oldid=977416518, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 8 September 2020, at 18:29. ", "What's really in a packet of processed cheese slices? Because processed cheese does not separate when melted, it is used as an ingredient in a variety of dishes. Various additional ingredients are sometimes used, such as multiple cheeses, fruits, vegetables and meats, and many types of cheese spreads exist. This form of sliced cheese (and its derivatives) have become ubiquitous in U.S. households ever since, most notably used for cheeseburgers and grilled cheese sandwiches because of its ability to cook evenly, distribute/stretch smoothly, and resist congealing, unlike traditional cheddar cheeses.