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UK Equivalent of Velveeta Cheese?

I want to make some cheese sauce for nachos but every recipe I can find uses velveeta, Is there something I can buy in UK supermarkets thats close to that?

Thanks.

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  1. according to wikipedia Velveeta is currently sold in the United States, Canada, Hong Kong, Philippines, and Germany ("Velveta"). It is sold in Australia as "Kraft Cheddar Cheese". At one time it was also sold in the United Kingdom.

    if it is a long life cheese it might be akin to (kraft) cheese spread in UK and Aust. could you try using a combination of cheese. if velveta is marketed as a cheese product and a blend then why not go for a blend yourself. pick a good melting cheese such as swiss or emental and mix it with mozzarella and then something a bit tastier.

    i dont know where you are or living, but the UK supermarkets have wonderful selection of cheese generally and it's just a matter of finding something that melts well.

    from what i understand velveeta isn't cheese at all so if you are really after something like it you need to be looking in the long life section. sorry i can't help more than that.

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    1. re: kmh

      Do they still even make that stuff here???

      I assume you mean that weird stuff that comes in the blue box and wrapped in foil..

      **shudders at the memory**

      Can you just melt it?? or do you have to grate it into a roux??

      1. re: kmh

        i have rcently moved to australia and i can assure you as a long time velveeta yank fan, the kraft cheddar is nothing like it. it doesn't melt to the same consistancy, it's white and the flavor isn't there. i've been searching online to see about purchasing it somehow over the internet. Do you know if it's even possible? the only sites that sell it it seems you havev to be in the states or canada!! Well they can get it anywhere!! What about us overseas?

        thanks
        hungry in australia

      2. Someone else once asked about Velveeta. Being a Yank (and a cheesesteak, Phila. girl), I can tell you that nothing in the UK resembles Velveeta. A good orange cheddar might work. M&S sells a low-fat orange cheese in slices, and it's the closest thing I've found to the taste of Velveeta although it's not able to be cut into big pieces. I guess it would melt down - I haven't tried.

        1. Like kmh, I also had to look up the product in Wiki.

          Am I right in thinking you are just wanting to make a cheese sauce to dunk the nachos? Wouldnt making an ordinary cheese sauce work - roux, milk, tasty cheese - and cooking it till it was the right consistency? I wouldnt look beyond Cheddar or a strong Lancashire for this as good and strong melters.

          Looking at Kraft's website, it looks it's also used sliced as a topping for, say, burgers. In which case, you'll find all supermarkets have a good selection of pre-sliced cheese. Generally rubbery and bland.

          Supermarkets usually have fresh cheese sauces available - usually intended for perhaps pasta. Could that be an easy solution?

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          1. re: Brit on a Trip

            looking at the ingredients on the velveeta site, there are a lot of milk solids in their. why not as BoaT suggested make your own. don't worry about the roux and just melt some ORANGE cheese into skim milk and reduce. you could add more milk powder for extra effect.

            1. re: kmh

              Thank you all for your answers. I think ill have a go at making my own. I will start by melting some Burger Cheese slices into skimmed milk and see where I go from there. Skyco offer to ship Velveeta to the UK but its about £6 for 200g I think plus about the same again for shipping!

              BTW I am actually British, I live about 20 miles from London. :)

              Thanks again!!!

              1. re: SpennyJ

                Let me know how you get on. I think it just might be fine. Where my sons went to uni, a big delicacy was the melted Velveeta put over french fries. You could start a new trend in England. :-)

                1. re: SpennyJ

                  okay that puts a different slant on things. i thought you must have been pining for something american

                  i have just found an alternate recipe, which i have adapted for this discussion
                  1 small onion, finely chopped
                  1-2 fresh long green chillies, finely chopped
                  2/3 cup (170g) sour cream
                  1 3/4 cup (145g) grated cheddar
                  Coriander, to serve

                  Melt the butter in saucepan over a medium heat. cook onion until soft. Add chillies and cook for 1 minute
                  Stir in sour cream for 1 minute or until heated through.
                  Remove from the heat and stir in the cheese to melt

                  you could get onto some of the more piquant oranger cheeses to get closer to the us versions of these recipes.

                  1. re: kmh

                    The Sainsburys mild slices are the closest we found. It's essentially "american" cheese.

                    Not the cheapest solution, but it'll do in a pinch.

                    The Kraft DairyLea they sell isnt' bad either. It's a lot saltier and has a flavor very close to classic Mcdonald's cheeseburger cheese.

                    Another thing to try is call up a chain restaurant like Chili's or someone. See if you can finagle a brick of cheese from them :)

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              1. from the responses, it seems that Squeezy Cheese (eurgh) could be your answer. Widely available in UK supermarkets

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                1. re: sprouter

                  Okay---I'm not proud of this---but I learned how to make Nacho Cheese Sauce after having been deprived for 3 years.

                  I ate it everyday for a week and now I can't look at the stuff. But I will reveal my secrets---

                  What you need is to make a simple bechamel sauce, add philly cream cheese, red leicester cheese (for the colour), mozzarella for the gooeyness, and jalapenos (if you want to go all 7-eleven, get the ones in a jar.)

                  So it's 1 tbs. flour, 1 tbs butter---cook the roux together over medium heat until it looks like sand. Then you add 1.5-2 cups of cold milk quickly and whisk vigorously. Add a couple of pinches of salt. Then stir and stir until it comes to a boil and thickens, and let cook out another 2 mins over low heat. Then add about 100 g of cream cheese, and then 100 g of red leicester cheese, and 50 g of mozzarella. Add the minced jalapenos at the end. Stir until completely melted.

                  And there you go. Now I feel guilty for leashing this out on the world.

                  1. re: bagelfairy

                    Sounds OK to me. And anyone with a name like yours has to be an authority! It's a good thing Philly Cream Cheese is in the UK. Now where is Cool Whip - that's what I yearn for so I can make low-calorie chocolate mousse.

                    1. re: zuriga1

                      I'm a pastry chef, so on good conscience I can't let you duplicate cool whip!!