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American Cheese

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Preparation, uses, and tips

With its smooth texture and mild taste, American cheese goes well with apples, pears, and red grapes. It’s used in sauces, dips, and spreads, and is typically the cheese that’s melted or grilled in sandwiches and on hamburgers. It frequently appears in such dishes as macaroni and cheese, and is an ingredient in a great variety of cooked dishes, from salads to casseroles, biscuits, and pies.

Buying and storing tips

American cheese should be refrigerated at 46 to 55°F (8 to 13°C). It keeps well for several weeks in the refrigerator.

Varieties

American cheese is usually sold in packets of ready-cut single-square slices, but can also be bought in larger blocks. This is the cheese that is often used in prepackaged cheese spreads.

Nutrition Highlights

American cheese, 1 slice (1 oz.) (28g)
Calories: 106
Protein: 6.3g
Carbohydrate: 0.45g
Total Fat: 8.8g
Fiber: 0.0g
*Excellent source of: Calcium (174mg)

*Foods that are an “excellent source” of a particular nutrient provide 20% or more of the Recommended Daily Value. Foods that are a “good source” of a particular nutrient provide between 10 and 20% of the Recommended Daily Value.

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