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Do You Use Cheese Or A 'Cheese Product'?

Updated on December 17, 2010
The original source
The original source

What IS Cheese?

Cheese is a generic term for a diverse group of milk-based  products. Cheese is produced throughout the world in wide-ranging flavors, textures, and forms.

Cheese consists of proteins and fat from milk, whether from sheep ,cow or goat.

It takes on many forms, flavors, textures, and herbs.....

Did you notice, MILK?

The Making

milk, cultures, remnant, curds, straining, aging, pressing, aging, molding...........

hard, soft, sharp, mild, brick, slices, spreadable............

The cheese making is simple and old hat for the skilled and those in the know. For the novice, it is frightening.

Cheese making is a rewarding and valuable skill,l it can be done by the individual, but it is too in depth and too time consuming to begin here.  Beside, I am a novice myself. 

This is only a briefing, not an instructional.

Start smaller and grow into the detailed art of cheese making. It is a skill and an art. No artist begins in greatness.

So many choices.
So many choices.

We Back Away

If you are intimated by making cheese, as I am, it is easier to just go to the grocery store and purchase. In our modern world, that is acceptable and without ridicule.......but you do need to know what you are buying.

I shop carefully, compairing Del Monte, Revlon, Dr.Scholls, Libbys, Kraft, Lipton, Folgers.....to the store brands. Most of the time, the store brand is acceptable.......most of the time.

When it comes to bread, or cheese they are not.......bread or cheese, they warrant top dollar, I will count my pennys elsewhere. I simply will not buy cheap bread or cheese.

Just a few steps down the isle........
Just a few steps down the isle........

Too Numerous To Count

American, cheddar, ( mild or sharp) , cream, Parmesan, ( grated, dried, moist, shredded) Colby, ( sharp , mild, medium, hard) Swiss, mozzarella, ( sliced or string), Gouda, aged, dried, crumbled, diced, shredded, sliced, mixed, blended, whole fat, low fat, 2%, reduced calorie, cheese spread, velveeta, cheese soup, nacho cheese, cheese spread, pimento cheese, sandwich slices, and cheese product................no wonder you are confused.

Truthfully, if hurried, I am too.

Not this!
Not this!

Buyer Beware

With so many choices, it really pays to do your research and be aware here. If you accept a cheese product over cheese, I leave you to your choosing.

Personally, I can not tolerate a 'cheaper' cheese. This is one area where you get what you pay for and what you deserve. Do not be rushed at the cheese counter........you will pay for it, in your macaroni, on your sandwich and with your eggs.

American processed cheese (wrapped slices) , in my opinion are not worth pennies. I prefer to do without.

Processed cheese, process cheese food, cheese slice, prepared cheese, or cheese food, ( study these terms) each of them, is a food product made from cheese and sometimes other dairy ingredients, plus emulsifiers, colorings, salt, and whey. Within the USofA the most common processed cheese is sold as : " American Cheese" , it has a legal definition as a type of pasteurized processed cheese.

That's a mouthful, a legal definition for food..............that should be our first clue!

PROCESSED.......wholesome, cheese, processed? Say, it ain't so..........

I will be as delicate and as discreet as I can, but I will spit cheap processed cheese into the nearest container, when it is served to me. As a paying customer, I will ask for a refund of my money, and the establishment should consider themselves fortunate, that I do not publicly call them to the carpet for serving me less than what I paid for.

Some of you may be content with a 'cheese product', my own husband is........but I know and will pay for the difference. I would not, under any circumstances, put something on the plate of my guest that I will not eat. Nor, do I buy it for my hubby, and I prefer that he leave the shopping and cooking to me.

A Bargain....

I am in total support of getting the most for my money, taking advantage of sales, making the most of aging produce, and many, many money saving techniques and ideas.

But we must be wise.........if it is inferior to begin with, there is no bargain to be had. If you want quality food, use quality ingredients.

You can cook down a tough piece of meat, but you can not marinate it  enough to make it tender off of the grill.

You must know the difference first, then shop accordingly.

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    • onegoodwoman profile imageAUTHOR

      onegoodwoman 

      7 years ago from A small southern town

      Rochelle Frank,

      That really made me laugh!

      Sadly, you are probably right........

    • Rochelle Frank profile image

      Rochelle Frank 

      7 years ago from California Gold Country

      This was a long time ago-- it is probably against the law or something, now because it's not a natural food. :)

    • onegoodwoman profile imageAUTHOR

      onegoodwoman 

      7 years ago from A small southern town

      Rochelle Frank,

      Fishing bait? That's a new idea

      to me.....I will be passing that one

      along.

      Thanks for coming by, its good to see you.

    • Rochelle Frank profile image

      Rochelle Frank 

      7 years ago from California Gold Country

      Only real cheese, please. We used to use processed pasturized something for fishing bait-- the trout liked it, but I wouldn't feed it to people.

    • onegoodwoman profile imageAUTHOR

      onegoodwoman 

      7 years ago from A small southern town

      Hi There FloBe,

      I'm sure he was bringing you the real stuff!

      I like alll the cheddars, parmeseans, but

      if I could hold have one, it would be

      pepper jack. Hot and spicy without

      overpowering the sandwhich or macaroni~~

    • FloBe profile image

      Flo Belanger 

      7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      My Dad worked in a cheese factory before I was born...we only ate cheese that came from there and it was the best (at least in my opinion!) Since then I've had many different kinds of cheese and I must agree with you...I do not like the processed stuff and am willing to pay a little more to get real cheese! (My favorite is the jalepeno Havarti or plain ole cheddar)

    • onegoodwoman profile imageAUTHOR

      onegoodwoman 

      7 years ago from A small southern town

      Dallas93444.

      thanks for the kudos......

      It's been while, glad to see you again!

    • dallas93444 profile image

      Dallas W Thompson 

      7 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      You're certainly an experienced shopper. Thanks for the information. Rated, flag up and useful..

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