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White American Cheese - Boars Head or Land O' Lakes

Woof Woof Woof Oct 9, 2009 10:20 AM

I am muchly over that American that comes in plastic rather buying strictly at the Deli now. But curious as to which brand, if at all, is better?? These two seem to be the Front-Runners if I may so say.
Land O' Lakes White American or Boars Head White American?? Is one superior to another in TASTE? quality? What do others think? Not concerned about the price tag...

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  1. grampart RE: Woof Woof Woof Oct 9, 2009 10:28 AM

    We buy nothing but the Boar's Head White American and have been doing so for years. On occasion, I've tried the Land O' Lakes version and, while it's far better than any of the plastic wrapped crap, we still much prefer the BH. The same with the BH mozz.

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    1. re: grampart
      jeanmarieok RE: grampart Nov 15, 2009 05:23 PM

      Boar's Head is definitely better quality, but I like LOL better - it's what I was raised on....

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      kimfair1 RE: Woof Woof Woof Oct 9, 2009 02:12 PM

      I agree completely with grampart. My wife buys Land O Lakes, because she never remembers that I tell her to get Boar's Head instead, but when I go to the deli, it's Boar's Head all the way. The Boar's Head yellow American is also superior to the Land O Lakes.

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        Val RE: Woof Woof Woof Oct 9, 2009 02:46 PM

        I think it's a TIE--they are both very good (though SALTY!!!)...I buy whichever is on sale or cheaper at the Publix deli, 1/2 pound freshly sliced.

        1. bagelman01 RE: Woof Woof Woof Oct 9, 2009 03:23 PM

          Land o lakes is our choice. I find the Boar's Head far less creamy, and it does not melt as well on a sandwich.
          The Boar's Head dones not tirn as fast in our local stores and therefore has a shorter shelf life wwhen I get it home.

          In general, I detest all Boar's Head products.

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          1. re: bagelman01
            grampart RE: bagelman01 Oct 9, 2009 03:29 PM

            I think your hatred of BH products has affected your tastebuds.

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              Woof Woof Woof RE: grampart Oct 9, 2009 03:35 PM

              Hmm. On a crazy whim, since someone mentioned saltiness, I did some investigative work.
              According to the Boars Head Web Site Nutrition Guide there is 380mg of Sodium in their REGULAR White American per 1oz. I checked the Land O' Lakes (via Wegmans.com) and it says 430 mg of Sodium per 1oz. Land O' Lakes appears to be slightly saltier via a higher sodium content.

              1. re: Woof Woof Woof
                Val RE: Woof Woof Woof Oct 9, 2009 04:50 PM

                WWW, thank you very much for that information! I do appreciate the statistics! (I have to laugh at the Woof Woof Woof..because I say to my grey tabby cat "Oh, you want your woof woof woof!" when he's hungry...he acts like a dog in so many ways, he love to retrieve and runs TO the front door when someone's ringing the doorbell. LOL!

              2. re: grampart
                bagelman01 RE: grampart Oct 10, 2009 02:41 PM

                No I have come to the conclusion after tasting the various Boar's Head products.

                1. re: bagelman01
                  EWSflash RE: bagelman01 Oct 11, 2009 08:55 AM

                  We're in the minority, but I;m inclined to agree with you, although I can't say I detest them. I don't like the flavor, and sometimes the texture is other than what I like. I like the natural-casing hot dogs, but if I had more choice in that arena I'd be happier.

                  If a restaurant has a sign proclaiming that they proudly serve Boar's Head products, I don't go there if given the choice. But I don't hold it against anybody that prefers BH brand over others and don't want to fight about it.

              3. re: bagelman01
                fourunder RE: bagelman01 Oct 9, 2009 03:37 PM

                In general, I detest all Boar's Head products.
                If so, why did you ever purchase their cheese at all?......also, how long do you think it really takes to turn over a 5 pound block of cheese in a deli or market? Even assuming it is a small deli, I can only surmise they would carry only one or two brands....making sandwiches and selling cold cuts by the pound....I'm sure the cheese turns over quicky enough to challenge your quality assumptions.

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                  Val RE: fourunder Oct 9, 2009 04:49 PM

                  Fourunder, at the Publix here in SWFL, yes, the deli only carries 2 brands of American cheese, Boar's Head and Land O'Lakes, what brand do you buy, just asking? It may not be relevant to those of us who only have 2 brands from which to choose but am always open to suggestions, certainly!

                  1. re: Val
                    fourunder RE: Val Oct 9, 2009 05:15 PM


                    I reside in Northern New Jersey which has the following big name markets, Shop Rite and Pathmark are both the dominating players on the landscape:

                    Shop Rite
                    A & P
                    Stop and Shop
                    Food Emporium
                    Whole Foods

                    The perceived top provisions companies stocked in the markets or in delis are either Thumanns brand or Boars Head brand...with that said, I generally do most of my shopping @ Shop Rite, even thought there is a Pathmark store two blocks from my home.

                    To be honest, American Cheese is an item I really do not give much attention to. Shop Rite has a proprietary in house brand named Black Bear. I do not know who packages the product for them....but the fact is.......I purchase whatever is on sale on any given week........it's not like I'm deciding on Parmigiano, Stilton or Gorgonzola, which would be more important to me with regards to producer. Whether making a grilled cheese sandwich, a cheeseburger or simply standing in front of the fridge sneaking a late night snack.....they are both perfectly fine and I cannot say one is better than the other, or even better than the Black Bear product offered by Shop Rite..

                    Maybe a wimpy response, but it is an honest reply, I assure you......:-)

                    1. re: fourunder
                      Val RE: fourunder Oct 9, 2009 05:21 PM

                      No, not a wimpy response at all! (By the way, I was born in Hackensack NJ and moved to Eatontown NJ when I was 10! So I know NJ!!!) Thumanns is not available here in SWFL. But I remember when we lived in Northern Delaware (Newark to be exact) in 1981-1985...there was a deli that sold the Land O'Lakes American Cheese...it was pretty good! I just don't remember the Thumman's brand at all. But I do thank you for the sodium comparison!

                      1. re: fourunder
                        emintey RE: fourunder Dec 19, 2010 12:12 PM

                        Black Bear is not a proprietary brand of shoprite or anyone else, it is a division of Deitz and Watson out of the philly area and sold in numerous strores. They are genearlly good quality cold cuts.

                  2. re: bagelman01
                    leo68 RE: bagelman01 Nov 14, 2009 06:59 PM

                    Work for a deli in NH and we sell Land O Lakes and Boar's head products and we sell tons of it.. Boar Head products are pulled by a certain date and the stores gets credit. Land O Lake uses fillers and Boar Head doesn't. Boar Head Maple Honey Chicken, Turkey, Ham uses real maple syrup and golden honey. Except for the head chese they don't use meay by-products such as the lungs, spleen, kidneys, brain, liver, blood, bone, and stomach and intestines. Maybe it's all that salt you like?

                    1. re: leo68
                      coll RE: leo68 Nov 15, 2009 02:56 AM

                      Out of curiosity (I work in the business too) what are the ingredients in Boars Head? For some reason they don't bother to list them on their website. So you're saying there's no salt added to any of their products?

                      Here are the Land O Lakes ingredients, but I don't see any "filler", just less than 2% of salt and the usual deli preservatives listed at the end http://www.landolakes.com/Products/Vi...

                      I don't think anyone is under the illusion that deli products are intrinsically healthy anyway! Since you sell both, why don't you have an impartial taste test and let us know, rather than repeating the Boars Head sales pitch..... I'd be more interested in that.

                    2. re: bagelman01
                      pluot RE: bagelman01 Nov 16, 2009 02:09 PM

                      All Boar's Head? Have you tried their mustards?

                    3. jfood RE: Woof Woof Woof Oct 9, 2009 06:27 PM

                      jfood bought LOL for 20+ years but a few months ago the grocer had the BH for $2.99/lb which was $5 less than LOL. Came home and mrs jfood looked at him and asked, "did you buy LOL?". Sheepishly jfood confessed to the BH. Mrs jfood said "I like it better, it is a litlle sharper."

                      So for the past 6 months casa jfood has been a BH American house.

                      1. coll RE: Woof Woof Woof Oct 11, 2009 04:19 AM

                        I am not a fan of Boars Head either, they don't even make their own cold cuts yet are ridiculously overpriced as if no one else could equal them. They have everyone brainwashed and are bullies when it comes to their relationship with delis, and I have to believe this is why they are popular, not because of quality. I buy whatever is on sale, so I've tried both but actually prefer non-Boars Head when it comes to bologna, swiss cheese, roast beef, ham.... I guess just about everything.

                        Most delis when purchasing American prefer Land of Lakes in my experience. Maybe it's a price thing though. I personally like all the Great Lake cheeses the best, they seem to have the most flavor over all.

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                        1. re: coll
                          fourunder RE: coll Oct 11, 2009 05:21 AM

                          They have everyone brainwashed and are bullies when it comes to their relationship with delis, and I have to believe this is why they are popular, not because of quality.

                          Sorry, but this is simply a ridiculous statement. Around my parts, delis are served by independently owned route owners and they decide what they want to sell and some will even sell both Thumann's and BH at the same time......as for supermarkets, companies such as BH may require an exclusive agreement...but that's a reasonable stipulation to provide products at a negotiated price......it's not bullying, rather it's known as branding.

                          1. re: fourunder
                            hotdoglover RE: fourunder Oct 11, 2009 06:03 AM

                            The Black Bear brand is made by Dietz and Watson.

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                              fourunder RE: hotdoglover Oct 12, 2009 07:54 AM

                              As always, I am amazed by your wealth of knowledge.......thanks for the FYI.

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                              coll RE: fourunder Oct 11, 2009 12:04 PM

                              Then you're lucky because here, Boars Head is Boars Head. It's a monopoly for the smaller delis, they have to sneak in anything that's not bought from them, including chicken cutlets, bacon and the like, at double the price, because Boars Head sets them up with deli cases and signage and all that jazz. when I say people are brainwashed, what I mean is the deli feels it has to have Boars Head because some people think it's the best. However it isn't that much different than other brands. At least all our grocery stores have a second line (sometimes their own, but still) , they're too big to argue with. So opposite of where you are.

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                                fourunder RE: coll Oct 12, 2009 06:35 AM

                                they have to sneak in anything that's not bought from them, including chicken cutlets, bacon and the like, at double the price, because Boars Head sets them up with deli cases and signage and all that jazz.

                                Coll, if a deli seeks out and accepts assistance from Boars Head in the form of equipment, e.g., a deli case or slicer, which saves the deli owner up to 10 grand in start up costs, .......the least he could do is live up to the terms of the arrangement and make his purchases from the BH distributor....after all, the BH distributor deserves nothing less in return for providing his assets and services to help the deli owner operate and compete......the deli owner, by purchasing the same products offered elsewhere is cheating the BH distributor......don't be surprised if he's willing to cheat him, he is also willing to cut corners and cheat you (the customer) as well.....presumably, with all the signage and marketing tools visable to the customer throughout the store, most assume the sandwiches will be made with the products.....and the reason why they choose to stop in the store in the first place.

                                The scenario you mention on loaner equipment is nothing new to suppliers. Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Snapple and Coffee companies suffer from the same deception practices from the deli ownere.....they ask for equipment, but purchase inventory elsewhere at stores like Costo or when the supermarkets have sales on specific items......it short sighted and not really an effiecient use of their time.

                                1. re: fourunder
                                  coll RE: fourunder Oct 12, 2009 07:30 AM

                                  Just to set the record straight, I'm speaking as a former manager of a deli that didn't use Boars Head, we had Thumanns instead. This was many years ago, before there were Costcos or Restaurant Depots for the "bottom feeders"(as I've heard them called ) to augment inventory: restaurant owners were pretty loyal to their purveyors back then (aka The Good Ol' Days) . We really thought Thumanns and Land of Lake and everything we sold were excellent products, and prided ourselves on the quality of all our food. No cutting corners at all. I guess what amazed me was that customers would occasionally walk out when they couldn't get Boars Head from us, like everything else was poisonous garbage, so I guess that 's what I'm talking about. Because I do buy Boars Head whenever it's on sale at a lesser price than the other, but I don't find the quality to be anything to rave about.

                                  1. re: coll
                                    fourunder RE: coll Oct 12, 2009 07:52 AM

                                    Personally, I do enjoy most Boar's Head products....but in general, I find them and all cold cuts overpriced at the moment.....really, 6.00-10.99 for cold cuts? I could purchase a steak for that price.

                                    In my parts, the greater NY/NJ area, from what I'm told, BH is the must have brand for most NY stores....Thumann's is preferred in NJ stores. I do not purchase as many cold cuts as I used to, but when I do, I too purchase what is on sale at any given time......unless I need fix for Italian Cold Cuts... where I am much more discerning and particular. I am equally happy with BH or Thumann's.......except when it comes to hot dogs.....where Thumann's is my favorite.

                                    As for the cutting the corners remark, I meant that in relation to purchasing on price alone....and not a traditional reliable source providing the same consistant product......e.g. always using a fresh 5-6 ounce chicken breast portion, as opposed to a frozen 4 ounce saline pumped frozen product because he got a deal on it...or the price was cheaper....

                                    1. re: fourunder
                                      coll RE: fourunder Oct 12, 2009 08:18 AM

                                      Luckily I have a great grocery chain here (Long Island) that has weekly specials on name brands across the board in the $4.99 range. I eat very little (had my fill at my old job) but husband has to have cold cut sandwich 5 days a week for his work lunch. So I shop carefully. LOL... One time they were out of the Wonderbar bologna he prefers, on sale for like $1.99 or less, and they tried to upsell me to Boars Head at $3.99. I said right to their face, your filet mignon is on sale this week for $3.99, are you kidding me!

                                      Unfortunately restaurants have had to cut corners to stay in business, I feel for them. It's a business decision that must be made, whether to get the portion control and be done with it, or have someone there spend an hour or two cutting it up and then throwing out a good percentage in waste parts . If they really know what they're doing and have good help in kitchen, well I don't blame them really. Just hope they're keeping all that meat and perishables on ice and going right back to the kitchen with it (which rarely happens). I think that's the biggest problem with extreme cutting corners, penny wise and pound foolish.

                            3. re: coll
                              jfood RE: coll Oct 11, 2009 06:12 AM

                              Oh Please. A maker of cold cuts brainwashing the consumer. Jfood has more faith that the average consumer has an IQ higher than a cantaloupe.

                              Jfood has never seen a deli that ONLY sells BH, they usually have at least 2, and some have 3. Now the delis in Jfood's area have two PLUS a store roasted, most popular is the roast turkey, then roast beef (several different cuts), and then hams.

                              Some BH products are good, some jfood does not understand why people eat them. But if they did not sell, then BH would not make them.

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                                bagelman01 RE: jfood Oct 11, 2009 09:06 AM

                                Maybe you're lucky on the gold coast and always have a choice. Upcounty, here in Trumbull the deli two blocks from my house sells Boars Head exclusively. I only buy coffee there.
                                Stop and Shop sells Boars Head or their private label only, no thanks to both.

                                Also, please be aware that Boars Head (and others) make multiple qualities of the 'same' product for different customers/markets.

                                In general, I find that Boars Head meats are too mushy for me. I want more of a bite in my deli, not a smushy bologna or liverwurst feel.

                                As to the original question, I don't like the way the Boars Head American cheese melts on a sandwich.

                                1. re: bagelman01
                                  jfood RE: bagelman01 Oct 11, 2009 09:39 AM

                                  yup, jfood is grateful for 1-2 of the grocers down here. But it is not without downside. No good bagels, novey, pastarmi, corned beef, HN salami and bologna (or Shofar) in the deli.

                            4. BobB RE: Woof Woof Woof Oct 12, 2009 01:02 PM

                              Neither. Dietz & Watson, thick sliced.

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                              1. re: BobB
                                grampart RE: BobB Oct 12, 2009 01:37 PM

                                I really do like the D&W liverwurst. The "light" version of BH isn't bad, though.

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                                Normandie RE: Woof Woof Woof Nov 15, 2009 05:56 AM

                                I know this thread is a little old, but if you can find it where you live, give Cooper Sharp American a try. I don't care for American cheese, but hubby loves it, so I buy it. I tried the Cooper when my supermarket introduced it. It seems more substantial in taste and texture to me than other American cheeses. Now I buy it for him always and don't bother with either the LOL or BH anymore.

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                                  Woof Woof Woof RE: Normandie Nov 15, 2009 02:30 PM

                                  I live in Maryland. I am always at Wegmans or Giant. I don't think I have ever seen it, or at least I have never heard of it. I buy my cheese EXCLUSIVELY at the deli...

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                                    Normandie RE: Woof Woof Woof Nov 15, 2009 06:38 PM

                                    Woof, I live in Connecticut and I'd say I first began seeing it here about six months ago. When my store first got it in, I came home and looked it up, and I remember seeing two posts (on sites other than CH) from Maryland residents who liked it. (I always notice references to Maryland because I lived in Montgomery County for 15 years.) I don't know which area(s) of the state those two posts represented or where the posters bought it.

                                    I noticed it first at the deli counter because it doesn't have a square shape. It's an oblong shaped block, so it stood out from the cheeses around it. I want to say the wrapper has navy blue lettering--but don't hold me to that. It's a little more expensive than the other two, but to me, it's worth it and you had mentioned you're not concerned about the price anyway. Maybe you could ask your deli manager.

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                                  slewfoot RE: Woof Woof Woof Nov 15, 2009 04:09 PM

                                  Both suck mightly. Look elsewhere.

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                                    The Professor RE: slewfoot Nov 15, 2009 04:39 PM

                                    I agree. Especially Boar's Head...for the most part I find their stuff pretty second rate. They obviously have a great marketing campaign though...that is what has created the demand, certainly not the products themselves. Thumann's, Dietz & Watson, and Black Bear (Shop-Rite house brand) are all better choices for almost anything.

                                    A manager for ACME markets told me that Boars Head does indeed 'bully' many accounts...and they _definitely_ don't like other brands along side of theirs in the deli case.

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                                      jeanmarieok RE: The Professor Nov 15, 2009 05:27 PM

                                      At my Kroger, the only 'real' turkey offered in the deli is Boar's Head - all of the other brands are that awful spongy mystery turkey. My favorite ham is Sahlen's, which I can't get at Kroger, any more, since they started selling Boar's Head.

                                      1. re: jeanmarieok
                                        coll RE: jeanmarieok Nov 16, 2009 02:19 AM

                                        Perdue makes a turkey that is exactly like Ovengold, but they'd have to carry three or four choices then. It's $2 or more cheaper per lb and a lot of smaller places have switched over, but Boars Head has their eye out for that one.

                                        1. re: coll
                                          srpickel RE: coll Apr 30, 2010 07:46 PM

                                          I know this is old. but I'd like to put my 2 cents in here ^^

                                          I work for one of the Kroger food chains in Ohio, and at my location, all we sell is Boars Head and Private Selection. My store used to carry the Sahlens, LOL, Butterball and Sara Lee products but since we moved across the street and made a bigger store, we had picked up BH and dropped the others. Main reason why we cant carry the other products it most likely because of the contract we have at my store with BH. There is another store in Ohio that carries STRICTLY Boars Head,. No Private Selection, no LOL, no Sahlens, no nothing. Just Boars Head as well as BH's All Natural meats. (which are a few bucks MORE than regular meat for BH) Though I still wonder why people would pay 19.99 for prosciutto >.>

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