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Tillamook Medium Cheddar Slices

One of life’s greatest questions…Let’s take a closer look!

American cheese is a processed cheese. It has varying amounts of natural cheese included in it that are all heated to a molten mass and mixed with varying levels of preservatives, emulsifier salts, artificial flavors/colors, and trans-fats. Depending on the desired end use, the melted mixture is then reformed and packaged into blocks, slices, tubs, jars, or spray cans. It originally came from Switzerland!

Aged cheddar cheese is a natural cheese. It’s made of milk, salt, rennet, and sometimes a coloring agent is added (because for one reason or another people prefer it yellow). It had its origins in Cheddar, England. Award-winning Tillamook Cheddar Cheese is different than many other cheddars because it’s made of all-natural ingredients, is always naturally aged for at least 60 days to get that genuine “cheddar” flavor, is made without artificial growth hormones*, and every batch is tested by the Tillamook Sensory Team to ensure it’s of the highest quality.

Here’s the breakdown:

*The FDA has stated that no significant difference has been shown between milk derived from rBST and non-rBST treated cows.

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Linda Kelly

We have eaten Tillamook Cheddar Cheese for over 37 years...we can NEVER go back to anything less. Your cheese is THE VERY BEST CHEESE the world has to offer !!!

Thanks for making it healthy for all of us to enjoy. In a world filling up with garbage for our systems it is nice to know Tillamook Cheese hasn't changed.

August 23rd, 2011 at 10:17 am


mmmmm....aged cheddar...the sharper the better! I only touch American cheese if there is nothing else around. I used to work with a guy who would ONLY eat American and I felt sorry for him. There are so many FABULOUS cheeses out there and he was limiting himself to pressed cheese flavored substitute. how sad.

Now, Tillamook, when you are you going to make my favorite, raclette? So I don't have to pay for the imported ones. :)

August 23rd, 2011 at 10:46 am

Julie P

What about the "deluxe" American cheese? you know, the ones that don't come in Singles. Do they still come from the same process?

August 23rd, 2011 at 11:30 am

Sue Carroll

Will not eat that icky stuff. I always order my fast food cheese burgers without cheese. REAL cheese is yummy, delicious and nutritious. Tillamook real cheese is the best on the planet.

August 24th, 2011 at 11:19 am

David Nuttall

@Julie: A processed cheese goes through the same process up until forming and packaging. The liquid processed cheese product can be formed into "slices" (but they weren't actually sliced from anything) or injected into molds (the forming type, not the ones that make yummy blue cheese) to make blocks or other shapes, often reminiscent of real cheese making, like wedges cut from wheels of cheddar or other pressed cheeses.

Give me undyed extra-old (aged 2+ years) cheddar any day over those rubbery floppy things. Even a slice of real cheddar (sliced using a knife of some sort) has some stiffness and will not droop when held on one edge, unlike a processed "slice".

February 17th, 2016 at 3:09 am

Deepak Suri

I always prefer aged cheddar cheese, this is one of my favorite and i use in cooking too and thanks for sharing great article.

March 22nd, 2016 at 12:48 am


Tillamook Team

Hi! Thanks for your comment... you and I both, prefer a good aged cheddar cheese... nothing quite like it! Thanks for being a fan!

All the best,

Jackie, of the Tillamook Team

March 24th, 2016 at 6:39 pm
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