Friday, December 5, 2008

Simple Survival Foods - Cheese and Processed Cheese Products

There are many different processed foods available today. Unfortunately, not all of them are what you might expect. Many bear little or no resemblance to the real or actual product. Processed cheese is one that you should be aware of the different and varied types and their relationship to the actual food itself, cheese.

Basic Information About Processed Cheese

1.) Processed cheese is subject to legal restrictions and standards.

2.) Processed American cheese must contain at least 90 percent real cheese.

3.) Products labeled "cheese food" must be at least 51 percent cheese (most are 65 %).

4.) Products labeled "cheese spread" must also be 51 percent cheese. The major difference being that such foods have more water and gums to make them spreadable.

5.) “Cheese product" usually refers to a cheese that has more water and less cheese than American cheese, cheese food, or cheese spread. The specific amount of cheese in foods labeled “cheese product” are not regulated and vary greatly.

6.) "Imitation cheese" is not required to contain any minimum amount of cheese. Unfortunately, cheese is usually not its main ingredient.

Quality processed cheese should have certain general attributes. It should resemble cheese and possess a minimum amount of cheese type flavor, preferably with a "bite" such as a sharp cheddar cheese. The processed cheese should also be smooth and evenly colored. It should not have a rubbery texture and should not melt in the mouth.

You can find additional information about the nutritional value, the safe handling and storage of cheese and cheese products, and the many different types of cheese and cheese products here:

Say REAL cheese please!

Staying above the water line!



Mayberry said...

Cheesy post..... Heh heh.

Jayce^ said...

I know I'm pimping myself here, but that's what blogging is all about anyways :)

I recently did a post that ties well with your comments on Utah Preppers. Making it yourself: Cheese.

I may not like cheese quite as much as Wallace, but I'd be in a hurt if I couldn't eat it. So learning to make it is the best thing to do.

Anonymous said...

I recall reading a post a while ago about preserving cheese, something about dipping it in cooking oil, patting it dry,then dipping in paraffin wax. Anyone recall that trick?

Jayce^ said...

That's actually pretty standard for certain types of cheeses. Just look for any in your local store that have a wax coating, like gouda.

riverwalker said...

To: Mayberry

You're right I've been into cheese lately....


riverwalker said...

To: anonymous

I did a previous post about preserving soft cheese in olive oil due to its high moisture content. Thanks.


riverwalker said...

To: jayce

Great minds think alike...

I really like cheese and ate a lot over Thanksgiving. I like the colby jack. Thanks.


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