Friday, August 5, 2011
By Jennifer (Double Duty Mommy) at 9:43 AM
Processed cheese slices are made with emulsifiers such as Calcium Phosphate, Sodium Citrate, and Sodium Phosphate. It usually has some type of preservative such as Sorbic Acid also - that way you don't have to refrigerate it! Did you know that - you don't have to put processed cheese in the fridge?! Well it's true, some cheeses sit on a store shelf for months without any refrigeration before it's ever sold!
Typically processed cheeses are heated to 180 degrees (which of course makes it into a liquid) and then pumped into plastic bags where they are then run over by a series of rollers to get that pretty little slice. The cooking process they use to the temperature and the fact it's cooked with direct steam strips the cheese of delicate flavors you may have been able to get had they not not all that.
Oh and processed cheese has so much sodium (hence the smell of salt) at 250 milligrams (yes!) per each 19 gram slice.
Key words to remember. Processed cheese is: MADE FROM cheese (and other ingredients). Uh... yeah I'll pass :)
Now when we look at natural cheese like Sargento Natural Cheese slices it is never made with processed ingredients. It only contains natural ingredients such as milk, cheese cultures, enzymes and salt. Because of the ingredients it has to be put in the refrigerator.
When you purchase natural cheese you can rest assured it has been aged to perfection and has been tested by get this- professional cheese graders to ensure the highest quality cheese. It taste like it came from a block of cheese because it did come from a block of cheese. Cut and immediately packaged so you can get the freshest, yummiest cheese! Slices are commonly used melted on burgers, sandwiches, lasagna, pizza and so so much more but it is never melted during the actual cooking process of being made at the Sargento factories.
Sargento natural cheeses are 21 gram slices at only 130 milligrams of sodium so it's definitely a healthier choice to go with a natural food.
Again, key words to remember about natural cheese: it IS real cheese!!
Have you ever really looked at processed sliced cheese? It is pretty shiny and I'm not talking with the plastic wrap on them. Natural cheese has a deeper color to it and is non-glossy in appearance all together.
Definitely there is a huge difference when you touch the Sargento Natural cheese and processed cheese slices. Natural cheese breaks organically while you can bend the processed cheese and break it in a straight line. What is natural about that?!
First off the smells are completely different. The processed cheese smells almost salty. It's made with milk but I couldn't detect a hint of milk smell in it. Processed cheese is usually lacking in the aroma department
Natural cheese has an array of smells depending on which type of cheese you are smelling but either way you there is a distinct aroma you will be able to get from them. The range of smells can be almost earthy, nutty and/or fruity.
We loved tasting the cheeses. I will be the first to admit that I have never liked eating cheese from the blocks of cheese that are in the grocery stores. Maybe it was the brand or type of cheeses I've tasted, I don't know. While tasting the Sargento Natural Cheese slices I fell in love. I sorta thing maybe it was the thickness of the slices I usually get off the block that made me not like it? The Sargento slices are not too thick but not too thin, it's the perfect slice for munching on or melting on burgers.
Just as the smells vary cheese to cheese. You may taste fruity, spicy or to sharp. The sharp cheddar slices are definitely sharp and the taste lingers for a bit which makes if ever more delicious. The most dominant taste of processed cheese is very salty.
Sargento has definitely converted my family over and shed a ton of light to what we've been eating. I will ONLY be buying natural Sargento cheeses from now on.
They do cost a little more but the health of my family is more important then money and plus the natural cheese taste better so it doesn't both me to spend more money on food that we will enjoy!
This post has been compensated by Sargento and TheMotherhood. All opinions are 100% my very own as always. I would never post anything that I don't actually like.