- Is Velveeta fake?
- Why is Velveeta so good?
- How bad is Velveeta?
- Is Velveeta cheese one molecule away from plastic?
- Is Velveeta refrigerated?
- What is Velveeta really made of?
- Does Velveeta freeze well?
- Does Velveeta expire?
- Do you refrigerate Velveeta after opening?
Originally Velveeta was made from real cheese. Today, it’s mainly whey protein concentrate, milk protein concentrate, milk, fat, and preservatives. By the Food and Drug Administration’s standards, that’s not real cheese—which is why the FDA forced Kraft to change its label from “cheese spread” to “cheese product.”
According to Kraft, Velveeta “melts smooth and creamy for ultimate appeal.” Translation: it melts better than regular cheese because — shocker — it’s not real cheese. Sure it has elements of cheese, but Velveeta is more like a cheese on (genetically modified) steroids than anything else.
There’s a ton of sodium, too — 410 mg — and you’re only getting 15 percent of your daily dose of calcium. That means Velveeta is a guilty pleasure today, and that all makes it even more surprising that it wasn’t just marketed as an affordable way to feed a family, but as a super-healthy way to feed them, too.
It’s one molecule away from plastic!” The “stuff” can be processed cheese, margarine or even processed meats. A molecule is two or more atoms joined together.
Unlike most dairy products (except powdered milk, evaporated milk, or condensed milk), you don’t need to refrigerate an unopened package of Velveeta. It’s shelf-stable, and that’s why you can find it in the supermarket on the shelves and not in the fridges.
WHEY, MILK, MILK PROTEIN CONCENTRATE, MODIFIED FOOD STARCH, CANOLA OIL, SODIUM CITRATE, CONTAINS LESS THAN 2% OF GELATIN, SALT, CALCIUM PHOSPHATE, SODIUM PHOSPHATE, LACTIC ACID, SORBIC ACID AS A PRESERVATIVE, MILKFAT, CHEESE CULTURE, PAPRIKA EXTRACT AND ANNATTO (COLOR), ENZYMES, NATURAL FLAVOR, VITAMIN A PALMITATE.
The answer is yes, you can freeze Velveeta cheese, but it won’t come out the same after freezing. Velveeta cheese is a processed cheese product made by Kraft. The company does not recommend freezing Velveeta cheese because the freezing process can cause the cheese to crystallize, making the texture grainy.
Velveeta cheese can keep for up to 6 months unopened after the production date. However, always check to see if there is a use-by date on the packaging. The quality of Velveeta cheese will keep for about eight weeks after it’s been opened.
Velveeta Tip: How to Store VELVEETA Unopened packages of VELVEETA are shelf-stable and should be stored in a cool, dry place up until the date stamped on the package. Opened packages should be wrapped tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerated. For the best results, be sure to use within 8 weeks after opening.