Do-It-Yourself American Cheese
Want all the tastiness of American cheese without the mystery ingredients? This brief do-it-yourself guide on Lifehacker tells us how to get it
I've gotten to the point in my life where I usually avoid American cheese "products" such as Velveeta and Kraft slices, but many people can't imagine a grilled cheese sandwich or cheese dips without the stuff. For a little less money than buying the big block or yellow-orange you can make your own using grated Colby cheese, whole milk powder, and unflavored gelatin.
This recipe comes from America's Test Kitchen's Feed weblog. You'll get the same familiar taste without all the unpronounceables and can add flavors such as roasted red pepper, garlic, or jalapeno. You'll need some sort of pan to form the loaf; Feed used a 5-by-4-inch aluminum loaf pan and lined it with plastic wrap so the cheese can be easily removed later.
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