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Paragon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-20-04 07:33 PM
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What exactly is Velveeta?
Cheese? Blend of cheeses? Cheese substitute?

Please educate me.
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everythingsxen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-20-04 07:34 PM
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1. Recycled toxic waste
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radwriter0555 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-21-04 08:42 AM
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30. truthfuly, it's the crap they scrape up off the floor from other cheese
making processes. Add some fillers, goo-ers and binders, and viola!

Fake cheese goo.
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MisterP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-20-04 07:35 PM
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2. petroleum-based cheddar
is my best guess
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DuctapeFatwa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-20-04 07:37 PM
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3. Cheese terror

:puke:
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philosophie_en_rose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-20-04 07:37 PM
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4. Ear wax?
Snot?
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kixot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-20-04 07:37 PM
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5. Processed cheese food.
It's what you feed to cheese.

Dog food.
Cat food.
Cheese food.

Makes sense.
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achtung_circus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-21-04 11:59 AM
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34. Process cheese food PRODUCT
n/t
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Champion Jack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-20-04 07:37 PM
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6. Soylent Orange
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randr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-20-04 07:37 PM
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7. It is actually Anti-Spam-the kind you eat
Which is why they go so good together. They cancel out each others harmful effects.
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mgc1961 Donating Member (874 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-20-04 07:38 PM
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8. It's a Reagan joke on the poor.
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BiggJawn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-20-04 11:28 PM
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23. No, Ray-Gun's cheese was actually good stuff!
I got enough of it. 5# blocks of very good Cheddar. Yum!

Velveeta is ?????? "Cheese FOOD"???

I didn't know cheese got hungry...
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oneighty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-20-04 07:38 PM
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9. Soft yellow plastic!
mmmmmmmmmmmmmm

180
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cryfordawn Donating Member (113 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-20-04 07:38 PM
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10. It is cousin to
Spam and cheeze whiz.

hehehe
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woofless Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-20-04 07:48 PM
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16. I've always wondered
how much whiz is in cheez whiz? I don't even want to know about cheezits.....yuck.
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cryfordawn Donating Member (113 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-20-04 08:06 PM
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18. Yeah.
Name really isn't very appealing is it. Kids love it though so it has to be bad.
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Ilsa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-20-04 07:40 PM
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11. Okay, time to get gross:
uterine lining concentrate.

There. That ought to fix any desire anyone has for the stuff for awhile.
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GOPisEvil Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-20-04 07:40 PM
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12. From the Velveeta FAQ:
Why is VELVEETA shelf stable?

VELVEETA contains a blend of natural cheeses and other wholesome ingredients that are cooked as the product is made. This cooking process allows VELVEETA to be shelf stable for several months. VELVEETA is also formulated within the parameters of the Food Research Institute guidelines for shelf stable cheese products. After opening, it should be stored in the refrigerator.

http://www.kraftfoods.com/main.aspx?m=contact_us/contac...

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mgc1961 Donating Member (874 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-20-04 07:45 PM
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13. Product.
Shelf life. Formulated parameters.

Nuclear weapon or Alan Greenspan testimony? You tell me.
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SmileyBoy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-20-04 07:46 PM
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14. It's gooooood shit.
Damn the nutritionists, I want some proccessed cheez, dammit!!!
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MadAsHell Donating Member (571 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-20-04 07:47 PM
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15. IF you really want to know ...
It is mostly a chedder style cheese with extra oils, some MSG's, and few other minor ingredients. It is almost the exact same cheese as American slices.
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mouse7 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-21-04 01:24 AM
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25. a LOT of MSG
I figured out how to detect the taste of MSG. It's hard to describe, but try to remember the aftertaste of soy sauce and compare it to cheese and tomato sauce. The similarity is the "taste" of MSG.

Anyway, Velveeta is loaded with it.
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Whitacre D_WI Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-21-04 08:27 AM
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29. Mmmm... umami.
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unblock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-20-04 08:04 PM
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17. it is a cheese SAUCE maker's godsend
emulsifiers are GOOD!

ever try to make a nice, simple, stable cheddar cheese sauce? the stuff clumps and separates if you breathe the wrong way.

velveeta makes wonderful, presentable, cheese sauces simple!
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haele Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-21-04 11:04 AM
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33. I know two ways to make a stable cheddar cheese sauce...
Work in equal amounts of cream cheese while melting sharp cheddar in a sauce pan or beat in 3 parts melted cheddar cheddar to 1 part mayo.
Then add whatever bits o' flavoring you might desire - salsa, herbs and garlic, Dijon mustard, pimentos, a good orange marmalade or lemon curd (citrus additions are actually pretty good mixing in mac 'n'cheese - especially if you also like to add in sweet veggies like peas and corn with bits of bacon, tuna fish, good ham, or chicken to make a mac'n cheese dinner casserole).
The former comes from kitchen testing on making the perfect home made mac'n cheese - and yes, it's better tasting and creamier than the box stuff, hands down.
You can actually refrigerate and re-nuke the sauce for a week afterwards without loosing taste or texture.
The latter (mayo and cheddar) is an Olde family "recipe" found off the back of a circa 1960's Best Foods label in my grandma's file box.
Which would suggest that using a milk/egg mixture as an emulsifier might also work. If doing this, make sure you don't add any salt until after the cheddar is mixed in; IME, uncooked / un"processed" (mixed with other substances) eggs and salt tend to have a funky aftertaste.
I'd also suggest using a sharp or extra-sharp cheddar when mixing with any emulsifier to make cheddar sauce.

Haele
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salinen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-20-04 08:08 PM
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19. Velveeta
is the substance between chimps ears.
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WannaJumpMyScooter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-20-04 08:17 PM
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20. It mixes really well with salsa and black bean dip
That I know for a fact, Jack.
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Nikia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-20-04 08:29 PM
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21. I thought that it was a cheese spread
If it is like our cheese spread, it is just like American only with more water and lots of whey powder. Pasteurized processed cheese, cheese food, and cheese spread is safer than natural cheese because it is heated to a high enough temperature to kill everything. This is a very good thing. Emulsifiers allow the cheese to melt smoothly and be uniform throughout although they are not healthy in large amounts but neither is salt.
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Ediacara Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-20-04 11:18 PM
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22. It's American "Cheese" in brick form
And American Cheese is a real cheese (like cheddar) that's been mixed with water and vegetable oil to make an easily meltable cheese-like food.
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Nikia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-21-04 02:04 AM
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27. Unless they make American different it has no oils
In fact, I believe that it is illegal to put vegtable components in "American cheese". If it has extra fat, it is a dairy fat. The cheese is mostly cheddar. The best Americans have a high content of barrel cheddar which is good by itself but it also includes trim cheese (like from cutting operations) and undergrade (cannot be sold as is) cheese. It is uniform and melts well because it has grainy (looks like salt) chemicals added called "emulsifers". Salt is also added. Water is added too. It is all cooked together. American cheese has a maximum moisture content of 40%.
Cheese spread has the same type of cheese as American. It does have more water and also whey powder. It has a moisture near 50%. I believe that Velveeta is cheese spread.
I don't know about Kraft but we do not put MSG in any of our pasteurized process cheese.The emulsifers might taste like it though. After all, these emulsifiers or similiar ones are also used in soap. If they don't good job of balancing these chemicals, the cheese will taste soapy.
There are also artificial colors.
I think that cheese products, substitutes, and such might be able to have vegtable oil. American cheese doesn't. It is a specific definition by law.
I say this as someone in industry.
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Occulus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-21-04 12:05 PM
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35. Wow. I knew none of that.
Thanks, though- I'd often wondered exactly what's in American cheese and others.

So, really, what you're saying is that things are added only to lengthen the shelf life and get it to melt evenly. Fine by me, I guess.
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mykpart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-21-04 12:45 AM
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24. Not sure but I couldn't cook without it!
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scottcsmith Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-21-04 02:02 AM
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26. It's mmm-mmm cheesy goodness
I thought everyone knew that?

Have you ever been out for fondue? Velveeta with wine. It's true!

Okay, it's a lie, but isn't there some truth behind every lie?

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VOX Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-21-04 06:05 AM
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28. Sort of a Polaroid photo of a cheeselike substance...
Barely edible, possibly good for post-nuclear fare while waiting out the fallout in a bombshelter...
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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-21-04 08:44 AM
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31. We don't know and stop asking some many questions
go produce something for the economy. That is all.







:bounce:
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Hubert Flottz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-21-04 10:09 AM
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32. Trout Bait!
~j~ < ))))))))))))))))))<
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SOteric Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-21-04 02:20 PM
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36. Cheese-flavoured poly-styrene
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