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What Is American Cheese, Anyway?

What Is American Cheese, Anyway?


[c/o MetaFilter] I still find it laughable that US burger aficionados seem so fastidious about the quality of the beef in their patties, yet are content — nay, adamant — to slap orange plastic on ‘em. Don’t get me wrong, I have no issue with processed cheese, but context is context, and certain foods require appropriate respect. So yeah, I don’t get it, man. On a related note: Why Is Cheese So Expensive in Canada? (The answer is surprising.)