American cheese is processed cheese made from a blend of milk, milk fats and solids, with other fats and whey protein concentrates. At first it was made from a mixture of cheeses, more often than not Colby and Cheddar. Since blended cheeses are no longer used, it cannot be legally called “cheese” and has to be labeled as “processed cheese”, “cheese product“, etc. Sometimes, instead of the word cheese, it is called as "American slices" or "American singles". Under the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations, American cheese is a type of pasteurised processed cheese.
Depending on the percentage of cheese versus additives, the taste and texture of American cheese may vary. Also, the colour may change from orange, yellow to white as decided by the food manufacturer.
Processed American cheese is sold in three varieties – individually wrapped cheese slices, small pre-sliced blocks and large blocks. Before cheese slices were invented, block American cheese was the only one available and hence is also considered "classic" or "traditional" American cheese.
American cheese though criticized for its high fat and sodium content is still used in regular cooking as it melts well and contains a good amount of calcium and protein.
- Made from pasteurized cow's milk
- Country of origin: United States
- Type: semi-soft, processed
- Texture: creamy and smooth
- Rind: rindless
- Colour: yellow
- Flavour: creamy, mild
- Vegetarian: no
- Producers: Kraft Foods Company
Other American cheeses:
Amish Frolic, Bleu Mont Dairy Bandaged Cheddar, Cabot Clothbound, Crowley, Dry Jack, Dunbarton Blue, Duroblando, Estero Gold Reserve, Grafton Village Cheddar, Havilah, ... show all ... , Idaho Goatster, Lamb Chopper, Midnight Moon, Morgan, Plymouth Cheese, Sartori Limited Edition Cognac Bellavitano, Sartori Reserve Balsamic Bellavitano, Sartori Reserve BellaVitano Gold, Sartori Reserve Chai Bellavitano, Sartori Reserve Rosemary & Olive Oil Asiago, Shelburne Cheddar, Sonoma Jack, Swiss, Tillamook Cheddar, Tillamook Smoked Black Pepper White Cheddar , Wagon Wheel, Wasatch Mountain Gruyère, Woodside Alpine
Alpha Tolman, Bayley Hazen Blue, Bear Hill, Beecher’s Flagship, Bismark , Blue Ledge La Luna, Brick, Broncha, Colby, Consider Bardwell Farm Manchester, ... show all ... , Heat, Kennebec Highlands Caerphilly, LaClare Farms Evalon, LaClare Farms Evalon with Cummin, LaClare Farms Evalon with Fenugreek, LaClare Ziege Zacke Blue, Landaff, Longhorn, Maggie's Round, Maytag Blue, Menage, Mona, MontAmore, Monterey Jack, Mont Saint-Francis, Moonglo, Mt. Mazama Cheddar, Pinconning, Pleasant Ridge Reserve, Sartori Limited Edition Pastorale Blend, Sartori Reserve Black Pepper Bellavitano, Sartori Reserve Merlot Bellavitano, Sonoma Jack, String, Thomasville Tomme, Txiki, Weston Wheel, Wimer Winter
Ameribella, Appalachian, Asher Blue, Baby Swiss, Beemster 2% Milk, Bergere Bleue, Bermuda Triangle, Chile Caciotta, Colby-Jack, Cougar Gold, ... show all ... , Crema de Blue, Crocodile Tear, Crowley, Fresh Jack, Fuzzy Wheel, Goats' Milk Caciotta, Humboldt Fog, LaClare Farms Cheddar, LaClare Farms Martone, LaClare Farms Raw Goats Milk Cheddar, Lincoln Log, Lindy Hop, Loma Alta, Marisa, Midnight Blue, Miette, Mobay, Monastery Cheeses, Moses Sleeper, Mun-chee, Old Kentucky Tomme, Onion & Chives Cheddar, Pepper Jack, Schloss, Truffle Tremor, Wabash Cannonball, West West Blue, Willoughby
Acapella, Aged Chelsea, Bay Blue, Bloomsdale, Bonne Bouche, Brie au poivre (Brie with pepper), Capriole Banon, Classics Fresh Mozzarella, Cold Pack, Cottage Cheese, ... show all ... , Crocodile Tear, Cup Cheese, Green Hill, Hooligan, Hoop Cheese, Hubbardston Blue Cow, Julianna , Labneh, La Fleurie, Legato, Lil Moo, Little Bloom on the Prairie, Medallion, Melange Brie, Minuet , Monastery Cheeses, Moonlight Chaource, MouCo Camembert, Muenster, Nettle Meadow Kunik, Peekskill Pyramid, Piper's Pyramide, Provel, Sofia , Texas Goat Cheese, Winnimere, Za'atar Burrata
fresh firm cheeses:
Breakfast Cheese, Cheese Curds, Galbani, Laura Chenel's Cabecou
fresh soft cheeses:
Burrata, Cello Thick & Smooth Mascarpone, Chevre Log, Cream Cheese, Fromage Frais, Galbani, Herbs de Humboldt, LaClare Farms Chevre, LaClare Farms Fondry Jack, Ms. Natural, PsycheDillic, Purple Haze, Quark, Sgt. Pepper, Wasabi Disc, Westfield Farm Smoked Capri