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chewingthefat

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American Cheese, White or yellow? Mon, 02/25/08 11:13 AM (permalink)
I always buy white American, but truthfully i can't really detect any flavor difference, anyone know why both are offered?
PS. A grilled cheese should always have yellow!!
 
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    Rusty246

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    RE: American Cheese, White or yellow? Mon, 02/25/08 11:22 AM (permalink)
    I always buy yellow. White to me is "un-American". I don't see a real difference in taste either.
     
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      djmsalem

      RE: American Cheese, White or yellow? Mon, 02/25/08 11:40 AM (permalink)
      It's white for me. It looks less tampered-with, I guess.
       
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        mikez629

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        RE: American Cheese, White or yellow? Mon, 02/25/08 11:41 AM (permalink)
        Yellow-it looks more delicious
         
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          divefl

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          RE: American Cheese, White or yellow? Mon, 02/25/08 11:55 AM (permalink)
          As a friend told me, the white is just yellow cheese hiding it's true nature.
           
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            mland520

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            RE: American Cheese, White or yellow? Mon, 02/25/08 12:24 PM (permalink)
            Have purchased both, in the past- but the yellow is preferred here. And I can't taste any difference between them and there doen't seem to be any texture difference either. Guess it just depends on what you are used to?
             
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              6star

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              RE: American Cheese, White or yellow? Mon, 02/25/08 3:45 PM (permalink)
              As pdxyyz said, the only difference is food coloring. The general rule is that cheddars made in the "middle" of the US (like Wisconsin) are colored, while their counterparts on (or near) the coasts (New York, Vermont, Oregon, California) are white. Monterey Jack is the white (California) version of colored colby in Wisconsin. It even extends to processed cheese such as Velveeta and processed American, since the residents are used to the yellow or white color of the natural cheese.

              When I was working at the store (in Illinois), we had some customers who were originally from the East (I think New York). They said that the cheese we had just didn't taste right and asked if I could get white Velveeta for them. It took some doing, but I did get it, and they were very happy.
               
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                porkbeaks

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                RE: American Cheese, White or yellow? Mon, 02/25/08 3:56 PM (permalink)
                When it comes to American cheese, it's always Boar's Head White purchased at either Publix or Kroger's. pb
                 
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                  JBarry713

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                  RE: American Cheese, White or yellow? Mon, 02/25/08 3:57 PM (permalink)
                  quote:
                  Originally posted by djmsalem

                  It's white for me. It looks less tampered-with, I guess.


                  I agree, there is no taste difference, but the white variety seems less adulterated than the yellow.
                   
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                    PaulBPool

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                    RE: American Cheese, White or yellow? Mon, 02/25/08 4:03 PM (permalink)
                    Yellow. End of discussion.
                     
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                      JBarry713

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                      RE: American Cheese, White or yellow? Mon, 02/25/08 4:04 PM (permalink)
                      quote:
                      Originally posted by divefl

                      As a friend told me, the white is just yellow cheese hiding it's true nature.


                      The converse is true, since food coloring is added to the yellow, while white is truly is the cheese's natural color. Haha, sorry, just had to point that out.
                       
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                        justtable

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                        RE: American Cheese, White or yellow? Mon, 02/25/08 4:15 PM (permalink)
                        American cheese is so bland...give me anything else....not to be un-American.
                         
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                          TooPhat

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                          RE: American Cheese, White or yellow? Mon, 02/25/08 11:30 PM (permalink)

                          Yellow for me. Don't know why, guess it's because that's what I grew up on.
                          Pam
                           
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                            Foodbme

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                            RE: American Cheese, White or yellow? Mon, 02/25/08 11:37 PM (permalink)
                            White---Yellow---It doesn't matter. They're all processed garbage, no taste, no texture, no flavor, no nothin'. I've never found an authentic, non-processed american cheese anywhere because it doesn't exist!
                            "American cheese is a common processed cheese marketed by Kraft Foods, Borden, and other companies primarily in the United States. It is orange, yellow, or white in color and mild in flavor, with a medium-firm consistency, and melts easily. It has traditionally been made from a blend of cheeses, most often Colby and Cheddar. Today's American cheese is generally no longer made from a blend of all-natural cheeses, but instead is a processed cheese (i.e. it is manufactured from a set of ingredients[1] such as milk, whey, milkfat, milk protein concentrate, whey protein concentrate, salt) which meets the legal definition of cheese.

                            The common use of the marketing label "American Cheese" for "processed cheese" combined with the prevalence of processed cheese in the U.S. compared to the rest of the world has led to the term American cheese being used in the United States synonymously in place of processed cheese. Moreover, the term "American cheese" has a legal definition as a type of pasteurized process cheese under the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations. The legal definition is discussed in the article on processed cheese." -Wiki
                             
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                              UncleVic

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                              RE: American Cheese, White or yellow? Mon, 02/25/08 11:47 PM (permalink)
                              Food coloring or not, another vote for the Yellow colored white.
                               
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                                Ort. Carlton.

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                                RE: American Cheese, White or yellow? Tue, 02/26/08 12:15 AM (permalink)
                                Dearfolk,
                                They make pretty good bleu cheese in America, too.
                                I Cheddar Stayed In Bed, Ort. Carlton in Athens, GA.
                                 
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                                  Scorereader

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                                  RE: American Cheese, White or yellow? Tue, 02/26/08 12:41 AM (permalink)
                                  I pretty much only buy the stuff for grilled cheese or grilled bologna and cheese. I used to press for orange, but white is fine. Now, I think I get orange when doing grilled cheese, but white for grilled bologna and cheese. I know it's not great cheese, but it's darn comforting.

                                   
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                                    bbqjimbob

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                                    RE: American Cheese, White or yellow? Tue, 02/26/08 3:00 AM (permalink)
                                    I use American Cheese for 2 purposes only- burgers and hot dogs! For all other uses- real cheese please! BTW- yellow only, thank you very much! I've tried both, and although it has been stated here that the only difference between the 2 is food coloring, I've noticed a big difference! The white seems to have a taste of "regurgitation", while the yellow has a deeper, dare I say- almost "real-cheese" like taste, w/o the regurgitation!
                                     
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                                      David_NYC

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                                      RE: American Cheese, White or yellow? Tue, 02/26/08 7:35 AM (permalink)
                                       
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                                        chewingthefat

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                                        RE: American Cheese, White or yellow? Tue, 02/26/08 12:11 PM (permalink)
                                        quote:
                                        Originally posted by Ort. Carlton.

                                        Dearfolk,
                                        They make pretty good bleu cheese in America, too.
                                        I Cheddar Stayed In Bed, Ort. Carlton in Athens, GA.


                                        At least you don't have a stiltoned view on life, like the swiss do!Well I gotta run , got to see Jack in Monterey!
                                         
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                                          divefl

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                                          RE: American Cheese, White or yellow? Tue, 02/26/08 12:27 PM (permalink)
                                          quote:
                                          Originally posted by Jack Barry

                                          quote:
                                          Originally posted by divefl

                                          As a friend told me, the white is just yellow cheese hiding it's true nature.


                                          The converse is true, since food coloring is added to the yellow, while white is truly is the cheese's natural color. Haha, sorry, just had to point that out.


                                          There is really nothing natural about american cheese. Might as well add more chemicals to our creation to own it's processed nature. The friend is willing to eat white cheeses but not yellow, unless it's something like white cheddar or american then see above. It's not what I do, I was just throwing it out there. I did not know colby and monteray jack were the same but for color.
                                           
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                                            mousec

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                                            RE: American Cheese, White or yellow? Tue, 02/26/08 12:30 PM (permalink)
                                            I currently have a part time job in a deli (Woodman's) and we sell both yellow and white American. The white is acutally marketed as American Swiss by the manufacturer. Most folks seem to prefer the yellow over the white, in fact on this past Sunday I sold probably 20 pounds of yellow and only a couple of pounds of white.
                                             
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                                              Ciaoman

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                                              RE: American Cheese, White or yellow? Tue, 02/26/08 12:31 PM (permalink)
                                              White, please. Who needs more food coloring?
                                               
                                              #23
                                                MiamiDon

                                                RE: American Cheese, White or yellow? Tue, 02/26/08 1:03 PM (permalink)
                                                They add food coloring to cheddar cheese in Cheddar, England, so I can't see why it is a crime if Kraft uses it.

                                                I buy the yellow, its what I am used to.

                                                http://www.icons.org.uk/theicons/collection/cheddar-cheese/features/ten-things
                                                 
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                                                  SassyGritsAL

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                                                  RE: American Cheese, White or yellow? Tue, 02/26/08 2:22 PM (permalink)
                                                  I personally don't use either white or yellow American. I use Provalone on my hamburgers, hotdogs, and sandwiches. If out, I never get a cheeseburger unless I can order Provalone.
                                                   
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                                                    Scorereader

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                                                    RE: American Cheese, White or yellow? Tue, 02/26/08 2:38 PM (permalink)
                                                    provolone on a hotdog?
                                                    huh, well, why not. everybody has their favs!
                                                     
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                                                      chef2be

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                                                      RE: American Cheese, White or yellow? Tue, 02/26/08 7:15 PM (permalink)
                                                      The reason you cant taste the flavor diff. is because american cheese is processed and they only get the diff. colors from food coloring
                                                       
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                                                        Foodbme

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                                                        RE: American Cheese, White or yellow? Tue, 02/26/08 7:36 PM (permalink)
                                                        quote:
                                                        Originally posted by chef2be

                                                        The reason you cant taste the flavor diff. is because american cheese is processed and they only get the diff. colors from food coloring


                                                        DUH! HELLO???? Read the posts above. That ground has already been covered. As a Newbee to Roadfood, all we ask is that you do some homework BEFORE you post so that we don't go over the same stuff that has been posted. A GREAT feature of the site is the Search button at the top of the home page. Most every topic in the Roadfood World has been covered, however , there's always room for original thought! As a "chef2be", I'm sure you have some!!!!
                                                         
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