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Processed Cheese – The Burning Issue

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Forget the Easter Bunny! At Tropical Sun, we're all about that Easter Bun (and Cheese!). Chocolate eggs are great, but give us a warmed slice of spiced bun with a thin slice of Tropical Sun Processed Cheese any day!

 Tropical Sun Jamaican Processed Cheese, Honey Bun Spiced Bun, Tropical Sun Ginger Beer

With the rising popularity of this Caribbean delicacy, we've received a number of questions about our processed cheese, particularly relating to its melting point, and so we thought we'd put together this brief explainer. 

Served in a tin, processed cheese was developed for consumption in hot countries, where not everyone has access to a fridge. Cheeses such as Monterey Jack, gorgonzola and cheddar are designed to melt at low temperatures and so are not best suited to hot climates, and so processed cheese was developed for our warm-weather brothers and sisters. Its high melting point is achieved through:

  • Low moisture – the lower the moisture, the higher the melting point
  • Low fat – the lower the fat, the higher the melting point
  • Presence of salt – the higher the salt content, the higher the melting point
  • Presence of emulsifiers – the higher the emulsifier content, the higher the melting point

Our processed cheese, like similar products produced by many other companies, has been formulated to have a high melting point, and so would not be expected to melt when exposed to a naked lighter flame, as some have suggested it should. It would in fact burn or blacken, as would a number of other cheeses including paneer, parmesan and ricotta. Processed cheese will, however, melt when baked in an oven, or sliced thinly on top of a burger on a grill. Below, you can see a useful explainer video by Kraft Foods (of no affiliation to Tropical Sun)

The ingredients of our processed cheese are cheese, water, butter, emulsifying salts, whey powder, salt, bell pepper extract (E160c) and riboflavin (vitamin B2). It is a good source of protein and can also be eaten as part of a ketogenic or low-carb diet. Ingredients and nutritional information can be found on the back of packet, as with all of our products.  

We encourage cheese-fans to be wary of misinformation and to continue to support the brands and products they feel best align with their tastes and values.

We greatly appreciate feedback from our customers. If you have any questions about our processed cheese or any of our products, then we'd love to hear from you!

And finally - Happy Easter!  

One love. x

The Tropical Sun Family

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