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Jan 3, 2008 02:55 PM

Kraft Old English Cheese

I have a recipe that calls for Kraft Old English Cheese. I have never heard of this and chances are I'm not finding this in the cheese section at Zabars. Anyone know what this stuff is and what a decent equivalent might be.

Someone at the office made a really tasty cheeseball and this was one of the ingredients listed in the recipe.

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  1. When I've had to use it I've found it at my local grocery store (Acme) and it actually comes in a small glass jar. I think it's just a processed cheese product. Strangely enough, it's usually next to the deli case with the Velveeta. Although I'm not sure, Velveeta might be an acceptable subsitute.

    1. This is a presliced cheese from kraft - similar to kraft singles but thicker and not individually wrapped. I imagine any other type of processed cheese would work - its probably giving you the right texture since processed cheese will be smoother

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      1. re: AlaskaChick

        Hmm, I've only seen it in a small glass jar as well...

        1. re: AlaskaChick

          No, it's a cheese spread, not sliced. :)

          1. re: Morganna

            It might also be available as a spread, but I've been buying sliced for years.

            1. re: Morganna

              It's definitely a spread and not slices. My mom used to use it in her cheese ball too back in the day! It is a sharp spread, you could substitute any sharp flavored potted cheese spread. It's orange in color (cheddary).

            2. re: AlaskaChick

              Sorry, but this is not a presliced cheese. It is a cheese spread that comes in a 5 oz. glass jar made by Kraft. I use it mixed with crabmeat, mayonnaise, butter, seasoned salt and then spread on English muffins and placed under the broiler. Delicious!

              1. re: Cookyc53

                Old English used to be sold in slices long, long ago, but today is only available as a spread.

                1. re: monkeyrotica

                  Not so, they just changed the name. I believe it's now Sharp Cheddar.

            3. I buy slices of it to wrap around my dog's monthly heart worm pill. It's no longer called Old English, however. I think it's Sharp Cheddar. They call it that, but of course it isn't. My dog likes it, though.

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              1. re: pikawicca

                "I buy slices of it to wrap around my dog's monthly heart worm pill."

                This is, without a doubt, the best product endorsement I have ever read here. You've sold me.

              2. Here's what the jar looks like:

                It's a cheese spread, which is what makes cheese balls so creamy smooth. Velveeta is not a good substitute, but your grocery cheese aisle (next to velveeta, block cheddar, american singles, string cheese, etc) should carry some variant of cheese spread, if not the Kraft brand.

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                1. re: leanneabe

                  I can picture this in our frig as a kid. In the glass jar. My mother must have been using it for something like cheeseballs back then. She was a whiz at those.

                  1. re: karykat

                    Sooo funny--I just went to the kitchen to check, and yes, I have 2 jars leftover from Christmas Beer Cheese! That recipe used to call for Kraft Nippy cheese, another awful processed product that came in a small plasticized roll (yummy, eh?) The little jarred stuff is great once drowned in beer, real blue cheese, garlic and hot sauce.

                    1. re: pine time

                      ROFL -- those little sausage rolls of cheese! You had to pry the little plastic lid off, then insert a knife into the cross pattern of the thing they inserted into the tube so you could squeeze the cheese out.

                      That stuff was just plain nasty, even to a kid, and I have no idea why my mom bought it.

                  2. re: leanneabe

                    I agree. I think I've seen it near velveeta -- just past the real cheese aisle, since this stuff is on unrefrigerated shelves! I know my mom has a recipe that uses it too (yes, in a small glass jar) for a hot crabmeat appetizer. I seem to recall: cheese spread, canned crab, butter and I'm sure something else -- the mixture is then spread on english muffins, baked and served in slices). Hmm haven't thought about that in a while, not very healthy or Chow-worthy, but a memory of party food!

                    1. re: eamcd

                      You can search by Zip Code to see where a nearby store is

                      I think my mom still uses a couple of these jars as juice glasses. They had "fancy" cutouts on them.

                      1. re: eamcd

                        Exactly the recipe I requested from a friend's mom last year.... Crab Muffies is what she called them. I make them all the time as apps and people devour them!

                        1. re: eamcd

                          Dear Eamcd, I know that recipe with crab meat and Kraft old english spread and english muffins. I just had it at a party and it went over like gangbusters. It was fabulous and I made it for my son's graduation. Let me know if you have it or I can send.

                          1. re: ellieirish

                            We always called them Crabbies and they are DELICIOUS. Only reason I ever buy Old English.

                      2. You can replace it with any decent cheese spread (I'd recommend it, in fact). I have something from WisPride on my desk even as we speak that would probably be better than the Kraft stuff. :) But you can buy these cheese spreads from a lot of places. They're ubiquitous during the holiday season and places like Hickory Farms, Swiss Colony, Harry and David, a whole lot of places that have 'holiday baskets' make a killing. It is spreadable cheese in a crock or tub. The good ones are made from real cheese. :)

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                        1. re: Morganna

                          It's not actually. I just tried substituting the WisPride cheese in a recipe that I've used forever using Kraft Old English--I can't find it in NYC groceries anymore. ANyway, the taste and texture are different. So it isn't the same --sadly.

                          1. re: deedavis

                            Found it in Queens grocery store -- long island city.