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2013-01-19 03:01:39 PM  
I don't care what people call it, it's amazing. Best Mac and Cheese I've ever had requires lots of it.

I've since left the US and I can't find it, or a proper substitute anywhere. I've tried all sorts of 'real' cheese in various combinations and they don't come close.
 
2013-01-19 03:02:48 PM  

GRCooper: dillenger69: Velveeta is "cheese food". It's not cheese. It's what they feed to cheese.

Bzzzt. It's processed cheese. That process is this: whey, seperated from the curds, is added back into the curds using salt.

Other "processed" cheese: feta, boursin ...

Hate it for taste if you like, but it's cheese.


Totally wrong, dude. In the US a product must contain at least 51% cheese to be labeled a "cheese food", and Velveeta doesn't even meet *that* requirement, so it's sold as a "cheese product". It's right there on the box:

clatl.com

Ingredients:
milk, water, milkfat, whey, whey protein concentrate, sodium phosphate, milk protein, concentrate, alginate, sodium citrate, apocarotenal (color), annatto (color), enzymes, benzoate, cheese culture
 
2013-01-19 03:03:22 PM  
loonatic112358 : Teleport me the 3D files.
 
2013-01-19 03:05:57 PM  

Quantum Apostrophe: loonatic112358 : Teleport me the 3D files.


yea, but you're going to get a pcload cheddar warning once you try to print it
 
2013-01-19 03:07:23 PM  
thenullset.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-01-19 03:08:29 PM  

L.D. Ablo: I prefer Miracle Whip in my panties.


Probably Not Safe For Modern Fark
 
2013-01-19 03:11:47 PM  
Cheese history time:

Velveeta was invented in 1923 by the same guy who invented Leiderkrantz, Emil Frey.
 
2013-01-19 03:14:37 PM  

aerojockey: I don't even remember the last time I saw Velveeta in the supermarket. I'm not saying it's not there, but I think I so rarely spend time looking at TV-dinner sorts of food products I just never come across it.

Which, unfortunately, makes it hard for me to locate one of the few goopy processed foods I still eat, namely Cheez Whiz. Which is kind of like non-Newtonian liquid Velveeta.


It's funny because in some stories it's kept in the refrigerated section...in others it's just in an aisle on a shelf, truly some amazing stuff!
 
2013-01-19 03:17:38 PM  
"... there's bologna in our slacks..."

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2013-01-19 03:19:29 PM  

OhioUGrad: aerojockey: I don't even remember the last time I saw Velveeta in the supermarket. I'm not saying it's not there, but I think I so rarely spend time looking at TV-dinner sorts of food products I just never come across it.

Which, unfortunately, makes it hard for me to locate one of the few goopy processed foods I still eat, namely Cheez Whiz. Which is kind of like non-Newtonian liquid Velveeta.

It's funny because in some stories it's kept in the refrigerated section...in others it's just in an aisle on a shelf, truly some amazing stuff!


It's a building block and a food substance with some nutrition
 
2013-01-19 03:20:43 PM  

OhioUGrad: aerojockey: I don't even remember the last time I saw Velveeta in the supermarket. I'm not saying it's not there, but I think I so rarely spend time looking at TV-dinner sorts of food products I just never come across it.

Which, unfortunately, makes it hard for me to locate one of the few goopy processed foods I still eat, namely Cheez Whiz. Which is kind of like non-Newtonian liquid Velveeta.

It's funny because in some stories it's kept in the refrigerated section...in others it's just in an aisle on a shelf, truly some amazing stuff!


In other stories it's the main character, or possibly the MacGuffin.
 
2013-01-19 03:25:05 PM  
Healthy?  No.
Good?  Yeah, at times.
 
2013-01-19 03:25:13 PM  

UsikFark: [1.media.collegehumor.cvcdn.com image 600x721]
I don't really like Velveeta. Yes, it has special properties and melts uniformly, but the taste isn't right, it's almost waxy to me. I also don't like hydrogenated peanut butter.


Holy farking fark.
 
2013-01-19 03:29:01 PM  
Say what you will at least it melts nicely.
 
2013-01-19 03:32:10 PM  
People really get this worked up over a typo in an article? I can see having a snicker over it, but making up an entire article on it is more laughable than the typo is. Some people need to get a life.
 
2013-01-19 03:33:40 PM  

DeltaPunch: GRCooper: dillenger69: Velveeta is "cheese food". It's not cheese. It's what they feed to cheese.

Bzzzt. It's processed cheese. That process is this: whey, seperated from the curds, is added back into the curds using salt.

Other "processed" cheese: feta, boursin ...

Hate it for taste if you like, but it's cheese.

Totally wrong, dude. In the US a product must contain at least 51% cheese to be labeled a "cheese food", and Velveeta doesn't even meet *that* requirement, so it's sold as a "cheese product". It's right there on the box:



Ingredients:
milk, water, milkfat, whey, whey protein concentrate, sodium phosphate, milk protein, concentrate, alginate, sodium citrate, apocarotenal (color), annatto (color), enzymes, benzoate, cheese culture


Yeah, so? You really rely on the FDA to define what you eat? Any cheese store in France is going to have product that not only doesn't meet FDA definitions of cheese, but would be illegal to import to the US. That doesn't mean it's not "real" cheese.

Look at those ingredients listed. Milk and whey products. Milk protein. Change the amounts of those same ingredients and you'll probably wind up with butter.
 
2013-01-19 03:34:32 PM  

Coco LaFemme: UsikFark: [1.media.collegehumor.cvcdn.com image 600x721]
I don't really like Velveeta. Yes, it has special properties and melts uniformly, but the taste isn't right, it's almost waxy to me. I also don't like hydrogenated peanut butter.

Holy farking fark.


hydrogenated peanut butter??

food.sndimg.com
 
2013-01-19 03:35:20 PM  

FloydA: ladyfortuna:

Wegmans keeps it in the cracker aisle,

This ethnic food trend has gone too far.


That really made me laugh. A+++++++++++ would laugh again.
 
2013-01-19 03:37:19 PM  
I ate a lot of Velveeta when I was a teenager. Velveeta + Ro-Tel tomatoes = pseudo-queso for a gaming session with the crew.
 
2013-01-19 03:39:53 PM  
a0.vsoh.com
 
2013-01-19 03:46:38 PM  

aerojockey: In the US it can't be marketed as cheese, or even processed cheese. It has to be called "cheese product". So, technically not cheese, at least not in the US.


The thing is, those labels can be misleading in both ways. If your pepper jack cheese has too many diced peppers inside it, it can tip over into "cheese food" or "cheese product" or "cheese-like non-cheese substitute pseudocheese" or whatever. But most of us would think of that as 100% cheese with some pre-added vegetables.

Then again, there's a sense in which Velveeta isn't any more chemically processed than the cheese they made down on the farm a hundred years ago. So where you draw the line is a bit arbitrary. But I think they've put Velveeta "cheese food" on the right side of it.
 
2013-01-19 04:07:21 PM  

UsikFark: [1.media.collegehumor.cvcdn.com image 600x721]
I don't really like Velveeta. Yes, it has special properties and melts uniformly, but the taste isn't right, it's almost waxy to me. I also don't like hydrogenated peanut butter.


Ahh, un peu de fromage, oui? Must be one of those hot french chicks we keep hearing about.
 
2013-01-19 04:12:42 PM  

semiotix: aerojockey: In the US it can't be marketed as cheese, or even processed cheese. It has to be called "cheese product". So, technically not cheese, at least not in the US.

The thing is, those labels can be misleading in both ways. If your pepper jack cheese has too many diced peppers inside it, it can tip over into "cheese food" or "cheese product" or "cheese-like non-cheese substitute pseudocheese" or whatever. But most of us would think of that as 100% cheese with some pre-added vegetables.

Then again, there's a sense in which Velveeta isn't any more chemically processed than the cheese they made down on the farm a hundred years ago. So where you draw the line is a bit arbitrary. But I think they've put Velveeta "cheese food" on the right side of it.


There is? Velveeta I'd pretty far away from being cheese in almost every sense. It doesn't even contain cheese. It's a mixture of dairy stuffs, but that's about it.
 
2013-01-19 04:13:59 PM  
*sees headline and refuses to click link*
 
2013-01-19 04:14:07 PM  

CigaretteSmokingMan: [www3.pictures.zimbio.com image 594x371]


Thick 'n creamy? I think I have a bootleg copy of that video . . .
 
2013-01-19 04:17:58 PM  

Fark_Guy_Rob: I don't care what people call it, it's amazing. Best Mac and Cheese I've ever had requires lots of it.

I've since left the US and I can't find it, or a proper substitute anywhere. I've tried all sorts of 'real' cheese in various combinations and they don't come close.


Learn to make a roux. And buy decent cheese. Trust me, when you figure it out you'll never look at "cheese foodstufs" ever again.
 
2013-01-19 04:21:06 PM  
Velveeta is a guilty pleasure for me. If I can't find the "Mexican" variety, I'll take a hunk and add chopped jalapenos, green onion, white onion spicy salsa and ground beef. It makes a kick-ass chile con carne.
 
2013-01-19 04:22:03 PM  

aerojockey: Which, unfortunately, makes it hard for me to locate one of the few goopy processed foods I still eat, namely Cheez Whiz. Which is kind of like non-Newtonian liquid Velveeta.


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2013-01-19 04:24:21 PM  
Oh, splosh. I've heard of that. I think I saw it on Eurotrash.
 
2013-01-19 04:28:09 PM  
Crosby? Crosby crosby, crosby crosby crosby!
Fark you NBC
 
2013-01-19 04:29:02 PM  

ChubbyTiger: semiotix: aerojockey: In the US it can't be marketed as cheese, or even processed cheese. It has to be called "cheese product". So, technically not cheese, at least not in the US.

The thing is, those labels can be misleading in both ways. If your pepper jack cheese has too many diced peppers inside it, it can tip over into "cheese food" or "cheese product" or "cheese-like non-cheese substitute pseudocheese" or whatever. But most of us would think of that as 100% cheese with some pre-added vegetables.

Then again, there's a sense in which Velveeta isn't any more chemically processed than the cheese they made down on the farm a hundred years ago. So where you draw the line is a bit arbitrary. But I think they've put Velveeta "cheese food" on the right side of it.

There is? Velveeta I'd pretty far away from being cheese in almost every sense. It doesn't even contain cheese. It's a mixture of dairy stuffs, but that's about it.


"dairy stuffs"?

I'm curious, what, exactly, do you think cheese is made of?
 
2013-01-19 04:29:04 PM  
Oops
 
2013-01-19 04:34:52 PM  

blottoman: Coco LaFemme: UsikFark: [1.media.collegehumor.cvcdn.com image 600x721]
I don't really like Velveeta. Yes, it has special properties and melts uniformly, but the taste isn't right, it's almost waxy to me. I also don't like hydrogenated peanut butter.

Holy farking fark.

hydrogenated peanut butter??

[food.sndimg.com image 589x461]


No, I meant the picture of the walking sea sow chowing down on a brick of cheese (or a cheese-like product).
 
2013-01-19 04:43:31 PM  

Coco LaFemme: blottoman: Coco LaFemme: UsikFark: [1.media.collegehumor.cvcdn.com image 600x721]
I don't really like Velveeta. Yes, it has special properties and melts uniformly, but the taste isn't right, it's almost waxy to me. I also don't like hydrogenated peanut butter.

Holy farking fark.

hydrogenated peanut butter??

[food.sndimg.com image 589x461]

No, I meant the picture of the walking sea sow chowing down on a brick of cheese (or a cheese-like product).


Oy. The pic of her on her Hoveround holding that hunk of processed cheese peeled like a banana and gnawed on is amazing. The cheesy crackers on standby really make it.
 
2013-01-19 04:46:20 PM  
I'm really disappointed here. This was a perfect opportunity to have a good, old fashioned Lance Armstrong hating thread, seeing that the association with LA was part of TFA.
 
2013-01-19 04:46:32 PM  

ChubbyTiger: Velveeta I'd pretty far away from being cheese in almost every sense. It doesn't even contain cheese. It's a mixture of dairy stuffs, but that's about it.


Velveeta ingredients:
Milk, water, milkfat, whey, milk protein concentrate, whey protein concentrate, sodium phosphate, salt, calcium phosphate, lactic acid, sorbic acid, sodium alginate, sodium citrate, enzymes, apocarotenal, annatto, cheese culture.

Cabot Seriously Sharp Cheddar ingredients:
Pasteurized milk, cheese culture, salt, enzymes, potato starch, corn starch, calcium sulfate, Natamycin

You were saying?
 
2013-01-19 04:51:15 PM  
Velveeta is for sissies. I like to yellow goo that comes out of the nacho machines at 7-11. The "soy product" disclaimer makes it even yummier.
 
2013-01-19 04:51:56 PM  

Teufelaffe: ChubbyTiger: Velveeta I'd pretty far away from being cheese in almost every sense. It doesn't even contain cheese. It's a mixture of dairy stuffs, but that's about it.

Velveeta ingredients:
Milk, water, milkfat, whey, milk protein concentrate, whey protein concentrate, sodium phosphate, salt, calcium phosphate, lactic acid, sorbic acid, sodium alginate, sodium citrate, enzymes, apocarotenal, annatto, cheese culture.

Cabot Seriously Sharp Cheddar ingredients:
Pasteurized milk, cheese culture, salt, enzymes, potato starch, corn starch, calcium sulfate, Natamycin

You were saying?


The ingredients of actual cheese:

Cultured Milk, Salt, Enzymes, Annatto (color)

So the annato pisses me off a bit, but consumers are picky about color. Meh. So there ya go, Cabot isn't cheese either. With that much starch in it, it's almost bread.
 
2013-01-19 04:57:06 PM  
1lb Velveeta, 1lb ground beef, 1lb uncased sausage meat, 24oz Salsa, 1 can cream of chicken soup, 1 can cream of celery soup.

Brown the ground beef and sausage meat in a pan, drain the fat, and crumble the meat into crock pot.  Cube the pound of Velveeta and add that to the crock pot, along with the salsa and cans of soup.  Stir and set on high for one hour.  Stir again, and set out for company (if your crock pot has a keep warm function, use it here).

/Seriously, best chip dip ever... friends BEG me to bring this for get togethers.  It's the only thing I buy Velveeta for, and I may not need it anymore if this recipe is any good: Homemade Velveeta Recipe
 
2013-01-19 04:59:35 PM  

LadyHawke: 1lb Velveeta, 1lb ground beef, 1lb uncased sausage meat, 24oz Salsa, 1 can cream of chicken soup, 1 can cream of celery soup.

Brown the ground beef and sausage meat in a pan, drain the fat, and crumble the meat into crock pot.  Cube the pound of Velveeta and add that to the crock pot, along with the salsa and cans of soup.  Stir and set on high for one hour.  Stir again, and set out for company (if your crock pot has a keep warm function, use it here).

/Seriously, best chip dip ever... friends BEG me to bring this for get togethers.  It's the only thing I buy Velveeta for, and I may not need it anymore if this recipe is any good: Homemade Velveeta Recipe


That sounds awesome. I'll be right over.
 
2013-01-19 05:04:39 PM  

LadyHawke: 1lb Velveeta, 1lb ground beef, 1lb uncased sausage meat, 24oz Salsa, 1 can cream of chicken soup, 1 can cream of celery soup.

Brown the ground beef and sausage meat in a pan, drain the fat, and crumble the meat into crock pot.  Cube the pound of Velveeta and add that to the crock pot, along with the salsa and cans of soup.  Stir and set on high for one hour.  Stir again, and set out for company (if your crock pot has a keep warm function, use it here).

/Seriously, best chip dip ever... friends BEG me to bring this for get togethers.  It's the only thing I buy Velveeta for, and I may not need it anymore if this recipe is any good: Homemade Velveeta Recipe


3.5lbs of cheese dip? Really? In what universe do people come up with things like this?
 
2013-01-19 05:12:34 PM  

MakerGrey: I'm really disappointed here. This was a perfect opportunity to have a good, old fashioned Lance Armstrong hating thread, seeing that the association with LA was part of TFA.


You read the TFA?

Adorable!

/:-)
 
2013-01-19 05:13:04 PM  
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2013-01-19 05:13:07 PM  

rohar: 3.5lbs of cheese dip? Really? In what universe do people come up with things like t


have you seen what walmart shoppers look like? i imagine the 3 1/2 pounds of cheese dip is a single serve appetizer for some
 
2013-01-19 05:21:34 PM  

Coco LaFemme: blottoman: Coco LaFemme: UsikFark: [1.media.collegehumor.cvcdn.com image 600x721]
I don't really like Velveeta. Yes, it has special properties and melts uniformly, but the taste isn't right, it's almost waxy to me. I also don't like hydrogenated peanut butter.

Holy farking fark.

hydrogenated peanut butter??

[food.sndimg.com image 589x461]

No, I meant the picture of the walking sea sow chowing down on a brick of cheese (or a cheese-like product).


Rolling sea sow.
 
2013-01-19 05:24:24 PM  

rohar: Cabot isn't cheese either.


That kinda talk'll get you killed 'round these parts.

/Vermonters take their cheese, especially Cabot, absurdly seriously out here.
 
2013-01-19 05:24:29 PM  

Coco LaFemme: No, I meant the picture of the walking sea sow chowing down on a brick of cheese (or a cheese-like product).


That's a proud non-walker.
 
2013-01-19 05:29:24 PM  

UsikFark: Coco LaFemme: No, I meant the picture of the walking sea sow chowing down on a brick of cheese (or a cheese-like product).

That's a proud non-walker.


she's a failed Dalek

her cry is Masticate
 
2013-01-19 05:30:23 PM  

Teufelaffe: rohar: Cabot isn't cheese either.

That kinda talk'll get you killed 'round these parts.

/Vermonters take their cheese, especially Cabot, absurdly seriously out here.


If they're so serious, why cheat the process by adding starch? It kills the flavor but does improve the consistency if you would rather ignore the culturing process than pay attention to product.
 
2013-01-19 05:37:03 PM  
How haters make their decisions about Velveeta and other benign foods...
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