Processed cheese facts for kids
The first processed cheese was made by Walter Gerber in Thun, Switzerland in 1911. Today, this is still sold as Gala. The first processed cheese in Germany was made by Gebrüder Wiedemann, in 1922. This was named Adler (which is German for Eagle). At approximately the same time, Fromageries Bel launched La vache qui rit, which is still available today. In Austria, it was Alma, in 1921.
Advantages and disadvantages
There are a number of advantages of processed cheese over regular cheese. These are:
- Processed cheese has a longer shelf-life
- It is possible to use leftovers from other cheesemaking processes.
- The melting process can be controlled better. Regular cheese often separates into fat, and proteins.
- There are fewer flavors of processed cheese than of unprocessed cheese
Images for kids
American cheese is a processed cheese. Pictured here in a single wrapped slice.
A gift pack containing several varieties of labeled process cheese. Upper left: a "pasteurized process cheese food" and a "pasteurized processed cheese spread" Upper center: a "pasteurized process cheese spread Havarti-type flavor" Lowermost right: a "pasteurized process cheese food with jalapeño peppers"
Easy Cheese, a pasteurized process cheese spread product, on a pretzel
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