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May 14, 2008 04:12 AM

But is it CHEESE?

What are your thoughts on cheese in a jar/box such as Cheezwiz and Velveeta? One I do enjoy is the Kraft Old English, in a little juice glass sized jar. But is this stuff really cheese?

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  1. i don't think it qualifies as the technical definition of "cheese," but i think using that as a way of giving it a diminutive status is pretty misleading. when it's used correctly, all these can be extremely delicious; cheezwiz on a cheesesteak is unreal, and my mum makes a cheesy potato soup with velveeta that takes me back to when i was ten.

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    1. re: beelzebozo

      I love Cheez WHiz on toast! Haven't had it in years, but maybe I will have to hide on in my pantry for when the craving hits.

    2. As I understand it, although Cheese Whiz, for example, contains some cheese like cheddar or colby, there's a variety of other ingredients such as sodium or potassium phosphate, tartrate, or citrate, and water, salt, maybe some spices... so, I wouldn't classify it as Cheese. Ever since DH had his triple bypass, his cardiologist made stuff like that verboten in our lives.

      1. my understanding is stuff like "cheese" in a jar/box, etc. is technically "cheese food product" or some other sketchy semantical variant

        1. I don't eat Cheese Whiz, but when I'm diving a shallow coral reef, it brings in fish as if you rang a dinner bell. (Below about 20 feet, it won't come out of the can)

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          1. re: Veggo

            interesting, must remember this.

            1. re: Veggo

              veggo: that's truly fascinating...but what in the world possessed you to try it in the first place???

              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                Not at all an original idea. I've been scuba diving 21 years now, and learned the Cheeze Whiz thing early on from other divers.
                P.S. It would be fun for snorkelers, too, if you're not yet certified.

                1. re: Veggo

                  I know it's fun, but it's not good for the fish. Corn kernels work well too, and though it's not a fish's natural dish, at least it's not chemicals.

            2. I have no proof but I suspect petroleum somehow comes into play. Have prices for this "cheese food product" been climbing steadily of late?