Tell me about it. We’ve had several Threads about this in the past and several posts into the Thread after it has been repeatedly emphasized that “American Cheese” is not interchangeable with “Kraft Singles”, there are still people posting “Eeew! American Cheese is NOT cheese that Kraft Singles shit is disgusting!”
Growing up we always bought American Cheese sliced fresh at the deli- Philadelphia area, this was always White American Cheese.
I live in California now. Anytime I go home to visit Philadelphia my mother knows to have deli sliced White American Cheese and fresh deli sliced rye bread waiting for me.
Forget Kraft processed vaguely-similar-to-cheese ‘food’ product. There IS auxh a thing as American cheese – it’s a cream-colored cheese in several degrees of sharpness, depending on aging, that is a fairly tasty ‘vanilla’ cheese (not meaning vanilla-flavored, but the neutral state indicated by ‘vanilla’ as a generic adjective). There were cheesemakers among my collateral ancestors in Upstate New York who produced a mellow flavorful dairy-milk cheese.
Sliced prepared processed cheese food, of whatever brand, is useful only for fixing quick kids’ meals, where bland and nutritious are the hallmarks. (Note I said ‘quick’ – I’m not talking about someone’s dinner, but the sort of thing where you need to ensure kid X eats a decent meal in the 45 minutes before he has to be at the soccer field, etc.)
It also has a nice meltability so suitable for things like the grilled cheese sandwich or cheeseburger when you like the cheeses in your fridge to not be individually wrapped in plastic sheets. Deli American is a staple in my cheese drawer. (I’m a vegetarian, I have a cheese drawer where most people keep meat.)
Land O Lakes white American cheese, fresh sliced at the deli. No more than a weeks worth. Makes the finest grilled cheese sandwiches ever. Kraft singles have an off taste that grilling makes even worse.
If I’m understanding correctly, you guys are saying that American cheese is not Kraft Singles - it seems like if I order something in a restaurant that says it has American cheese on it*, I’ll get something with Kraft Singles on it, though. I’m confused.
*Not likely - I hate it when people put that stuff on food instead of real cheese.
I think you are correct on both points. In my experience, when you get “American Cheese” in a restaurant, you’re actually getting “Kraft Singles” (or some other similar version). In common parlance, the two are used interchangeably, but technically, they are different foods.
In my opinion, American cheese has hardly any taste, other than the salt. It seems to be saltier to me than similar cheeses, but maybe that’s just because it’s just so mild that that’s all you taste.
However, I can’t say that Kraft Singles have much taste, either.