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What is processed cheese?

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Processed cheese is a cooked mix of blended natural cheese and emulsifying agents, butter or oil, salt, sweeteners, colouring agents or flavourings. It tends to be more stable during storage than natural cheese.

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Processed cheese is typically a cooked mix of blended natural cheese and emulsifying agents, butter or oil, salt, sweeteners, colouring agents or flavourings. Cheese of different varieties and different degrees of maturity can be used, as well as other unfermented dairy by-products.

Processed cheese is more stable during storage than natural cheese and is available in various flavours, colours, consistencies, shapes and sizes. A good processed cheese should:

  • be uniform in colour
  • have a smooth texture
  • melt evenly
  • be easy to cut or spread, depending on its use.
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