Velveeta cheese is a processed cheese food product known for its smooth texture. As a part of the Kraft product line, Velveeta is an ingredient in numerous casseroles, pastas, dips, and spreads.Who created Velveeta cheese?
Swiss immigrant Emil Frey created Velveeta for the Monroe Cheese Company in the early 20th century. He combined Swiss cheese wheels with curds and whey to develop cheese with a smooth texture when melted. Kraft purchased the Monroe Cheese Company in 1927 and has sold its version of the food item ever since.How do you melt Velveeta?
People often melt Velveeta for recipes such as nachos, broccoli and cheese, or macaroni dinners. Many people ask about the proper way to melt and store Velveeta cheese. Depending on preference and time constraints, there are four ways to melt Velveeta:
- Microwave method: Using a microwave is a simple way to melt Kraft Velveeta for recipes in a short amount of time. Cut the desired amount of Velveeta into 1/2-inch cubes. Place the cubes with up to 7 tablespoons of milk into a microwave-safe bowl. Cover the bowl and microwave the mixture for up to three minutes, pausing every 30 seconds to stir the sauce.
- Slow cooker method: Cut the desired amount into equal 1-inch cubes. Place Velveeta cubes into a slow cooker and cover with lid. Because the slow cooker warms slowly and stores heat over longer periods of time, you do not need to add extra ingredients like milk or butter to melt processed cheese. Heat the Velveeta for 30 minutes on the low heat setting. Remove the lid and stir to prevent scorching. Replace the lid, and heat the Velveeta for an additional one to two hours on low heat.
- Saucepan method: Slice the desired amount of Kraft cheese into 1/2-inch cubes of equal size. Place 2 tablespoons of butter into the saucepan and melt on low heat to completely coat the pan. This butter adds a protective layer to prevent scorching. Place cheese cubes into the buttered pan and stir frequently until smooth. As an optional step, you may add milk when the cheese is half-melted to produce a creamier consistency.
- Double boiler method: Slice the desired amount of processed cheese into half-inch cubes of equal size. Pour about 3 inches of water into the bottom portion of the double boiler and bring this water to a rapid boil. Place 2 to 4 tablespoons of butter into the top half of the double boiler and heat until the butter coats the pan. Add the cubes to the top half of the double boiler and stir the mixture until smooth. If desired, you may also add milk while stirring.
This Velveeta dish was originally introduced in 1978. The recipe for this pasta dish is as follows:
- Boil the pasta shells in water for 10 to 12 minutes. Drain, but do not rinse.
- Mix in the cheese sauce. Let stand for 5 minutes before eating.