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koshfoodie Nov 26, 2013 09:33 AM

I'm not looking for individually wrapped slices, I'm looking for a block of american cheese, or a place that will slice it.

I know that this site typically caters to 'higher quality' goods, but I want to make a classic home style grilled cheese.

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    bill_n_opus RE: koshfoodie Nov 26, 2013 09:42 PM

    Hmmnn ... block of American cheese?

    The closest thing I can think of is going to Costco Bellingham and buying some cheese ... i've experienced some Tillamook pre-sliced American cheese off the block, not the preformed stuff. That worked well with "classic home-style grilled cheese".

    Other than that, I would call up a cheese specialty store and ask around. Perhaps the major vendors, even Walmart, might carry something under the radar.

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      LotusRapper RE: bill_n_opus Nov 26, 2013 10:00 PM

      Cracker Barrel is as close as you'll get at Walmart.

      Whole Foods ? The new Target (Coq, Lansdowne, Metrotown) might, if they carry some groceries ?

      Concur with Bill ..... best to just cross the line (Pt. Roberts, Blaine, Lynden, Ferndale, etc) and grab some from either The Markets or Haggen:

      Closest "The Markets" is at Birch Bay just off I-5 before the rest stop:
      http://themarketswa.com/stores/birch-...

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      DougOLis RE: koshfoodie Nov 26, 2013 10:06 PM

      Do they sell Velveeta north of the border?

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        LotusRapper RE: DougOLis Nov 27, 2013 07:41 AM

        Unfortunately, yes.

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        Georgia Strait RE: koshfoodie Nov 27, 2013 09:38 AM

        i am being very nosy - and we are a North Am household who happens to live in BC ... we are all for the traditions of Cdn and US Thxgiving - what are you making with Velveeta? ----

        that product used to be up here in Cda - tho - I haven't looked for Velveeta recently so can't help you re: that question

        for other USA cheese - we do certainly like the black plastic wrapped block of Tillamook cheddar - avail in most supermarkets south of the border here in BC... it is an orange color cheddar.inside the black wrapper.

        otherwise - Baldersons cheddar out of Ontario and readily avail usually in the fancy cheese area of most supermarkets. We prefer it over the "Coastal" which I think comes from UK. There are various ages of Baldersons - so you'll have to try each one to find your preference. With a good sliced BC apple and nice bread / cracker - Baldersons is great.

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          LotusRapper RE: Georgia Strait Nov 27, 2013 09:57 AM

          Ya gotta like Balderson's address :-)

          http://www.cheese.ca/

          But still pricey comparatively. If cross-border shopping is easy & viable (ie: Nexus pass) for you, I'd recommend going down there. BTW, at The Markets (try the one at Birch Bay Square: http://www.birchbaysquare.com/home.php) you can buy this large re-usable foil shopping bag which is lined and acts as a short-term cooler. Good for bringing back dairy and other perishables (esp. if you don't have Nexus and have to wait in line for umpteen time). I think I paid $4 for it.

          Concur with Tillamook, you can't go wrong with 'em ..... best value for quality/money:

          http://www.tillamook.com/products/Che...

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            kinnickinnik RE: LotusRapper Nov 27, 2013 11:26 AM

            Wasn't the OP looking for American cheese which to my understanding refers to processed.

            It seems to be easy to make and there are loads of recipes online eg
            http://www.browneyedbaker.com/2013/01...
            http://aht.seriouseats.com/archives/2...

            Seems pretty doable and to me, preferable to Velveeta

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              LotusRapper RE: kinnickinnik Nov 27, 2013 11:50 AM

              He said: "I'm not looking for individually wrapped slices ...." henceforth precludes processed slices.

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                kinnickinnik RE: LotusRapper Nov 27, 2013 12:10 PM

                I took that to mean processed but not presliced and individually wrapped. "American Cheese" is by definition processed
                http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American...

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                  koshfoodie RE: kinnickinnik Nov 27, 2013 04:36 PM

                  Ya, I wasn't looking for slices.

                  The suggestions of Target was great - thanks.

                  Thanks all for the suggestions. If I find any I will report back!

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                    LotusRapper RE: koshfoodie Nov 27, 2013 05:49 PM

                    Just happened to be at the Richmond Target today, so I quickly checked out the cheese section for you :-) They have the same stock that the typical supermarket has ...... Black Diamond, Cracker Barrel and generic brand I forget the name to. No Tillamooks or other better brands :-(

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            pusherman RE: Georgia Strait Dec 8, 2013 11:47 AM

            Another U.S. household living in Vancouver -- I have no love for "American Cheese" as such, but you can't make real chile con queso without velveeta. If you've never had Tex-Mex style queso fundido, you're missing out (note: nothing called "queso" in any of the Pacific Northwest's Mexican restaurants will qualify as "real queso").

            It's not a thanksgiving food, but at least for Texans like us its definitely comfort food.

            We can get velveeta around town w/no problem, the closest place to get a block of tillimook (sp?) or similar is probably in Blaine -- there is a big supermarket in the first strip mall on the left after you cross at the Pacific crossing.

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              Philx RE: pusherman Dec 8, 2013 02:40 PM

              you can get Tilimook cheese in Point Roberts; bit closer and easier crossing; not sure about pricing.

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                LotusRapper RE: Philx Dec 8, 2013 08:46 PM

                Depends where you originate in the Lower Mainland.

                I find 56 St through Tsawwassen a real pain sometimes traffic-wise. And that supermarket (Point Roberts Market Place ) is quite sad.

                Having said that, Brewster's Fine Foods in west Pt. Roberts (off of Marine Dr) has a dang good deli and store, with a lil' bistro to boot (I've not eaten there). They're almost like a miniature Whole Foods/Urban Fare of Pt. Roberts :-)

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                LotusRapper RE: pusherman Dec 8, 2013 08:41 PM

                Yup, that would be Cost Cutter off of H Street:

                http://goo.gl/maps/TU7g1

                http://goo.gl/maps/ktrB3

                Next to the Rite-Aid.

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              GH1618 RE: koshfoodie Nov 27, 2013 05:24 PM

              Grocery Outlet in SF Bay Area had it recently. If GO isn't in B.C., then the Bellingham store might have it.

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                Georgia Strait RE: GH1618 Nov 28, 2013 11:06 AM

                happy thanksgiving from BC - yes we are fans of Grocery Outlet - there is one in Bellingham - tho i have been to the Oregon PDX area Outlets only - and one in Chehalis WA (spell?)

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                  LotusRapper RE: Georgia Strait Nov 28, 2013 11:15 AM

                  Yup, at the corner of Ellis and York:

                  http://goo.gl/maps/cyFXF

                  Kitty corner to the flea market.

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                dustthouart RE: koshfoodie Nov 30, 2013 10:35 PM

                I am pretty sure Santa Barbara Market on the Drive has it. I can't recall what the name they use for it is. The white kind in a block which they slice for you.

                American cheese in a block is one of my guilty pleasures too. (I'm also a transplant from the States.) It does taste better than the individually wrapped kind. Less plastic.

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