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American Cheese

Hate to love it or love to hate it? We slice through the stigma surrounding American cheese.

What We Learned

American cheese is polarizing. A good American cheese is mild, but not bland, and melts like a dream in grilled cheese sandwiches and atop burgers. But in this age of slow food, plastic-wrapped cheese slices have become a symbol of hyperprocessing. Could we find a product that we actually liked?

To find out, we asked 21 America’s Test Kitchen staffers to sample seven nationally a...