processed cheese

noun
variants: or process cheese
|Updated on: 17 Jul 2018

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

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1918

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