processed cheese

noun
variants: or process cheese

Definition of processed cheese

: a smooth, uniform cheese that is made by blending and melting together one or more cheeses of different maturity or composition along with an emulsifying salt (such as disodium phosphate) and typically other ingredients (such as coloring, cream, water, or whey) Processed cheeses are more uniform, melt faster and generally stay fresh longer.— Marty Meitus The attractions of process cheese for the consumer include the familiar appeal of any branded product—the assurance of sameness time after time.Consumer Reports

Examples of processed cheese in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Coincidentally, your correspondent noticed last month that Egyptair no longer serves processed cheese with its in-flight meals. The Economist, 22 Aug. 2019 Kraft first marketed Velveeta on its nutritional benefits, which is ironic given that, decades later, the U.S. government would inform Kraft that its product does not meet the definition of process cheese food. Washington Post, 11 Oct. 2019 This movie neither celebrates nor interrogates the kind of guy who prefers processed cheese and American whiskey to Brie and Scotch. Noel Murray, latimes.com, 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of processed cheese

1918, in the meaning defined above

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“Processed cheese.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/processed%20cheese. Accessed 5 Oct. 2022.

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