• Cheese!

    I know I’m going to get bashed for this but Australian cheese sucks. Wait, no that’s not right. Australian Cheddar (Tasty) cheese sucks. I miss my wonderful American cheddar.

    yucky tasty cheeseFirst of all, cheddar is not white. Unless you specifically ask for white cheddar, then it shouldn’t be white. It should be yellow (and no it’s not orange, it’s yellow!).

    Second, the taste isn’t as Tasty as they claim it to be. It’s hard to describe the taste but it’s – it’s wrong. And it leaves a weird aftertaste in your mouth!

    As a kid, I was a picky eater (as a result, I have a picky eater for a son) so I wouldn’t eat much. The only thing my mom could get me to eat consistently and eagerly was cheese. So from an early age I became a cheese connoisseur. I loved all cheeses from Gouda, Edam, Brie, Queso Blanco, Colby, Colby-Jack, Cheddar (mild & sharp), and many others including the controversial but delicious American cheese.

    cheeseAnd while I was pregnant with LJ, through cheese I had my calcium intake so I must have passed on my obsession with cheese to LJ. Back home, our refrigerator would packed with all sorts of cheeses in different varieties (shredded, sliced, cubed, sticks…) for me and my little boy and if there was any leftover, for my hubby who started to acquire the taste of our many cheeses. But since we’ve been in Australia, my little guy won’t even so much as glance at the cheeses here. So we’ve been craving the sweet taste of our American cheese.

    Yes I know the Kraft slices of American cheese isn’t 100% cheese. It is, nonetheless, very tasty, unlike the version of Kraft slices here that totally looks and tastes like shiny white plastic. It’s so much indeed plastic that it just slides off a burger but the American cheese slice would just lovingly cling onto an all-beef patty like a match made in Heaven.

    In my cheese quest, I’ve encountered some yummy Australian cheeses but no decent cheddar and my little guy hasn’t been pleased. In a couple of weeks, we’ll be visiting a cheese farm where we hope to find some good cheddar and hopefully a nice equivalent to American cheese. Please wish us luck.

    And if any of you work in the cheese industry, please make some American cheese! I don’t get it, you guys have developed the taste for American Hotdogs, American Mustard, American Ketchup, and other American foods, then why not have American cheese as an option as well??

     

    UPDATE:

    I feel after reading so many comments in the last 8 years that an update on this post is necessary, even though I have posted it elsewhere throughout the years. When I wrote this post, I had been living in Australia for less than 5 months.  I had visited Australia only twice before that. So yes, I was extremely homesick and I had a lot of questions (and time to ponder them).  

    In the last 8 years, my “cravings” have changed.  The last time I went to America, I didn’t particularly like the cheese anymore – I preferred the local farm fresh cheese that I have been eating since living in Australia.  

    This change doesn’t only apply to cheese preference but also to many other topics.  Australia has grown on me.  While I do get homesick for certain things, Australia is home and I’m very lucky to have 2 homes.

    I can’t believe that after 8 years this post is by far one of the most popular still.  Thanks for reading but please before posting a comment about how I should like Australian cheese, have a read and realise that with time a lot changes (such as the way I spell my words).

    Categories: Culture shock, Food, Homesick, Just one of those days, What the...?

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    44 thoughts on “Cheese!

    • Tors says:

      Good luck finding the cheddar you crave.

      But I think you may be mistaken if you think Aussies have “developed a taste” for all the American stuff. It’s not there for the Aussies, it’s for us American expats who have wished and hoped and lobbied for YEARS to get it on the shelves. 🙂 Of course, now my local Woolies is no longer carrying American-style mustard… boo.

      BTW, one lady on another expat list to get Kraft to start carrying Velveeta. Their response was that they cater to the tastes of specific markets. Obviously not this one! LOL

    • ElleTheAussie says:

      You should try Leicester cheese… or go to your local deli, you will have much more luck with a large array of cheeses… also look for extra sharp cheese.

      Gouda is everywhere in Aus. Check out “King Island” cheeses, it is an island between Tasmania and the mainland – dedicated to dairy farming.

      Try pre-sliced Coon tasty cheese, not Kraft, everyone calls the Kraft variety “plastic cheese”…

      Hope this helps, to be honest, it took me a while to find cheese in america that i liked – so I guess the grass is always greener on the other side…

    • Jane says:

      I can’t believe what I’m reading! Someone from the States complaining that Australian cheese is rubbish! By the way I completely agree with you on that front, but American cheese is worse. The UK however has fab cheeses and the interest in the specialist cheese market is growing all the time, our cheeses rival those of France -oh my God I miss them! But is is good for my thighs….I have come to live in Oz and I do love it here but the cheese here is EVIL!

    • Y says:

      I don’t know about UK cheese but Australian cheese by far sucks. There are very good American cheeses and I really miss them.

    • Jack says:

      I went to LA about 3 weeks ago and I had a salad sandwich noticed the cheese was orange, Australia’s is Yellow, and it tasted awful is that just me? I dont know if it was chedder

    • Y says:

      The orange sliced American cheese (which by the way, it’s called yellow in the US) is your equivalent of the Kraft Singles (plastic cheese). While some people may not like the taste of it, I do as it’s something I grew up with as your Australian cheese is what you grew up with so everything else is not up to par i.e. Australian tasty cheese leaves an aftertaste in my mouth which is disgusting. However, there are amazing American cheeses including cheddar available in the US that I can’t find here. And I would gladly swap cheeses anytime.

      By the way, if you have ever eaten at McDonalds, Hungry Jacks, and/or Subway you would have had the orange cheese (at Subway it’s an option but at the other 2, that’s what you’re given).

    • K says:

      I’m an Australian and totally LOVE the orange cheese at Subway (aka McDonald’s cheese). If anyone knows where to get it, please let us know!

      I know there are a few produce stores in Australia dedicated to US products (usafoods.com.au etc), but I’m not sure what the orange cheese is actually called (brand name etc).

      Maybe I’ll just ask the sandwich technicians at Subway where it comes from.

    • AMB says:

      I’m also from the states and I completely agree! Tasty cheese is absolutely AWFUL. My husband is Australian and he pines for good yellow cheddar almost daily. It makes trying to recreate some of our meals from back in California extremely difficult, especially Mexican dishes. We went to a deli that has lots of different cheeses. They said they used to carry it, but not anymore. *sigh* And by the way, the orange cheese at MacDonald’s and Subway is NOT the same.

    • amanda says:

      I am also Australia an i also looove the american cheddar cheese i looked everywere for it i know as some of you guys said before subway and mcdonald’s have them but i mean you want it in you’re refrigerator and i was very dissapointed to know we dont have it in our supermarkets BUT i found out that BEGA makes it and sells it its called BURGER SLICES they have the white cheese and the AMERICAN STYLE ORANGE CHEESE i emailed them to know were they sell it still waiting for a reply but thught i’d leave a post when i find out ill let you’s know .

    • Y says:

      Oh please if you do find out let me know! Thanks! It’s funny though that after being here my little guy didn’t even want to try the American cheese back home when we visited a couple of months ago because of the color! LOL! Maybe if I can buy some and keep it in the fridge he’ll come to like it again!

    • amanda says:

      I found out were they sell them and they only sell them at bega so im in sydney and its a bit far from here to actualy get there :S i cant beleive they dont sell it in supermarkets its requested alot from people its silly so go to http://www.begacheese.com.au and on the contact tab ther’s a toll free number contact them and get the details i think they only sell it to take away shops so if anyone decides to go there just say its for a take away shop and give them a name and they will sell it to you my sister has done it several times !

    • Karissa says:

      I have moved here from USA and have introduced my aussie bofriend to mexican food. and he’s in love!! BUT we cannot make a decent plate of nachos, because of this cheese issue!!! AUSSIE CHEESES ARE AWFUL to use on dishes i am used to and love. Believe it or not…trying to use tasty cheese on corn chips doesnt work…and the cheese dries unto the chips like glue…not stringy what so ever!!!!! Please help!!!! i found this website from my google search ” yellow cheddar cheese in australia”.

    • Allie says:

      FYI, you can now buy American cheddar (the orange slices) from Costco in Australia.

    • Y says:

      Allie, I’m no where near a Costco, unfortunately. I would love to visit one though if and when I’m ever in the area.

    • Marcos says:

      I am looking for the Orange PostProcessed cheese they sell in McDonald’s. Every one has their perception of cheese, I must say, I like the tasty, But A Cheeseburger MUST contain that orange stuff they call American Cheese. As A south american I can but say ‘know the feel bro’ I’ve been to america and the cheese there is crap on par with its Aussie counterparts. It’s a pity you never tasted fresh cheese. Anyways

    • Amna says:

      Hi OP! Sorry I know my reply is a little late and you may have been able to get your hands on some good ol’ American cheese, but PM me. Btw, I absolutely agree with your post! I recently bought the Perfect Italiano brand grated Mozzerella and even that formed this weird looking oily and waxy goop! Ewwww!! Lol. What really irks me is that even though Canada is also part of of the Commonwealth, most of the American chains still managed to survive there (heck, some even thrived there!), yet these models don’t seem to stay in business down here in Australia. I mean, come on, seriously. A lot of people have become health concious now, and usually opt to consume more organic food, especially fresh produce, so I hardly think that people are going to be stuffing themselves with junk food every single day. But I strongly feel that we SHOULD leave consumers with a choice. Because as they say, “moderationis key”. So, PM me about a way to get your hands on some American cheese.

    • Y says:

      Marcos, I love fresh REAL cheese too. My fridge always has amazing cheese from actual cheese farms. This post was just about easy, everyday cheese guilty pleasures. Thanks. In Australian Subway stores, they call the orange cheese Old English. I hope that helps.

      Amna, thanks. I’m always interested in finding out where I can get some American products.

    • Andrew Weiss says:

      I’ve visited this thread a few times. I too miss my American cheeses. I have found that Australian Kraft singles are tasty but do not taste like American Kraft singles which I would actually want to eat out of the package like Homer Simpson. For a similar taste the New Zealand Colby at Woolies will do the trick though the color is different. My big beef is that there is no Monterrey Jack or other Mexican cheeses and Aussies are scared of melty cheese (a sort of caloric aloofness they have about many things). Nowhere to get a decent relleno… or Chicago pizza without making it myself. No Aussies the proper bean in Mexican food is pinto not black (overuse of this is Cuban — and unless you have some epazote in your pocket… don’t want to hear it) Also what’s with chipotle and tomatillo and all the flavors in one dish (Guzman y Gomez)… it’s like flavor grenade and may be why more Australians don’t like Mexican… those flavors belong separately in dishes that highlight them like suizas or pipians or mole. Anyhow… thought I’d post this link I saw on Chow recently: http://lifehacker.com/5951463/make-cheeses-easier-to-melt-with-sodium-citrate

    • Y says:

      Andrew, I couldn’t agree with you more on all points! Thanks for the link.

    • Jarrod says:

      Hey Y,

      You can get the orange Americas Cheddar slices (the ones in Maccas and HJ burgers) in bulk packs at Costco in Australia. As of yesterday (21/7) the Melbourne store were sold out but it’s on order. It the best cheese for sandwiches and my little boy loves it! They also have the orange cheese in 1KG blocks.

      Enjoy

    • Y says:

      Thanks, Jarrod! Unfortunately, we don’t have a Costco in Tasmania 🙁

    • Natalie says:

      Barkly Square, Brunswick, Melbourne – the deli there sells both Monterey Jack and another Californian-made yellow cheese. They have blocks, sell by weight and they will slice it for you if you like. HOORAY! My American husband, after nine years in this country, can finally have a burger with the cheese he wants on it. It took me forever to find somewhere that sold it!

      Still looking for the right damn bacon.

    • Helen says:

      Bibina food warehouse at Warners Bay NSW sells ‘kraft burger slices.’ it is literally what they use on Maccas burgers. I’ve bought it a couple of times, it is a little too addictive lol had to stop because I need to eat better.
      hope that helps some people!!! Happy cheese hunting!

    • Kim says:

      Just come across this. American cheese is good? Hahahaha, funniest thing I have read in years. It’s rubbish. And I lived in the US for 5 years, Houston and Lafayette and yes I am in the oil business. I am Australian born and while I do not care much for Australian cheese with the exception of King Island and Margaret River Brie and Camembert is it better that anything I have in the US. I have also lived in Europe extensively and that is the only place you will find great cheese. Though some boutique styles in the US and Australia are catching up.

      Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Yes it’s good for some people,especially if that’s all you’ve ever known. And yes I have been to Europe and I agree the cheese there is fantastic – Y

    • Healthy eater says:

      WAKE UP PEOPLE. Americans have grown up with high GI full of sugar based foods that are genetically modified (corn for example is truly one inch long).

      The food in America does attract the masses for the sugar rush and how sweet it tastes.
      But look at what these foods have done to people, so many people morbidly obese.

      I took my picky eater, 2.5 year old to my home town (Melbourne) and she could not get enough of the food…. Natural, fresh and organically grown.

      As for nachos and pizza, cheese was meant to melt to be stringy not American processed sticky.

      I buy bread here in USA with 3 weeks shelf life and “organic milk” with four weeks shelf life….. How natural can that be.

      I miss Aussie food and am working hard to not fall into the American obesity epidemic.

      I’m wondering where you are eating that you have processed sticky cheese on pizza and nachos? I’ve never experienced that until I came to Australia. While in the US, I ate organic, fresh, and natural as much as I can. Bread from bakery, meat from butcher, fruit and veggies from local farmers, etc. Everyone has their indulgences and there’s nothing wrong with that. Everything should be eaten in moderation. As for obesity, I have seen as many obese, severely overweight, and unhealthy people here in Australia as I have in the US. After being here so long, I have realised there are pros and cons to both Australian and American eating habits and it’s up to the person to pick what is best for them and their loved ones. Good luck with your picky eater, I have a couple of them myself 🙂 – Y (another healthy eater, as best as I can)

    • mikee says:

      Tasty cheese in oz is pretty horrible. A strong cheddar is better however none replace the American orange cheese. Just an FYI, although I like the American orange cheese, most (including the Costco range) actually contain orange and yellow food colouring.

      Thanks. Yes I believe annatto gives it that color. I’ve actually gotten used to the cheeses here now 🙂 Go figure. When in Rome… 🙂 -Y

    • Maria W says:

      If anyone lives near the Blue Mountains,NSW.. let me know. We can get Monterray Jack Cheese in bulk.
      Cheers,
      Maria

      Thanks for that! I wish I did! – Y

    • Robert says:

      I lived in America for half my life, ate Vermont cheddar most of the time I was there. That stupid road marking amber pigment they put in lesser cheddars is disgusting. real cheddar doesn’t need it. I made the mistake of buying it once and broke out in hives.

      That’s unfortunate Robert! – Y

    • Sally says:

      Ew! American cheese is gross, unless it’s from Vermont and off the wheel. I lived there for a while and I must say ours are way better! European cheese obviously takes the cake though 🙂 I loooove my cheese

      It is an acquired taste, but not gross in my opinion. I have grown to love a fair bit of Aussie cheese as well. I haven’t had European cheese to my knowledge though. Must try it. Thanks! – Y

    • Pau says:

      Buy New Zealand Cheddar specifically Mainland you can find it in Australian supermarkets

      I have, Paul, and it’s amazing! Thanks! – Y

    • Paul says:

      Not sure what happened to my name on the last post. I need to say the cheese is not orange it is yellow. New Zealand has a higher rainfall than Australia so the cheese is usually a uniform yellow.

    • Iv been looking for some nice cheddar as well and we’ll as you experienced non of our local supermarkets in aussie have any nice cheddar (well original USA tasting cheddar)
      I was looking at some places last night. And I found hunter valley smelly cheese shop . Sell the USA Josephs farm cheddar … I think that’s the name. I think you will find its what your looking for . Hope this helps.

      Will have to check it out! I have grown to love a lot of different cheeses since I’ve been here but I do still get homesick for certain things! Thanks, Meleena! – Y

    • Nina says:

      Now americans know what it’s like for an Aussie to get a decent a vegemite sandwhich over in the states.. lol.
      We are adjusted to the food we grow up on ….and nothing can substitute it.. Have you tried http://www.usafoods.com.au

      Nina, totally agree. Now that I’ve been here for 8 years, I’ve become used to many foods I didn’t like when I first arrived here. When my children visit the US again, they probably won’t like the food I used to love…I think I won’t like it either! Yes, I’ve tried USA Foods. Thanks! ~Y

    • Chloe says:

      If you want “American” cheese go back to America! Can you imagine the hate an aussie would receive if they expected their “Aussie” cheese to be readily available in America! If you want to live in Australia embrace it, cheese and all!

      Perhaps before commenting on an old post have a look throughout the entire site to see if anything has changed. When I wrote this cheese post, I had been in Australia for less than 5 months and was just trying to get through the day. In the 8 years that I have been living in Australia, I have changed in a lot of ways, good and bad, as what is expected any human with time. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions and no one should be bagged out for them. I have had many Australians living in US comment about the stuff they so crave in America and I understand, I don’t tell them to go back to Australia. It’s a sign of homesickness that takes more than 6 months to get over. A little compassion goes a long way. ~Y

    • Louise says:

      I’m sorry but orange cheese is strictly an American thing so don’t say that cheddar must be orange!! I can’t stand the orange cheddar, the smell alone makes me gag. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good strong tasting cheddar, but I will only ever consume non orange cheddar.

      As I replied to other comments, when I wrote the cheese post I was in Australia for less than 5 months and I had lived in a country where the cheese was orange for twenty-something years. I think it’s understandable that there would be a bit of shock to find something that you thought was the norm was actually not so. Having been here 8 years now, I don’t like “American” cheddar anymore. I prefer locally made cheese now. Time and patience and I have found amazing local cheese that I love. ~Y

    • Aafke Tetje Downey says:

      I also love cheese, any cheese as long as it is made from the milk of cows that are fed on green pasture. Grain fed is not acceptable and has a different flavour.

      I’ve come to learn the difference while being here in Australia and totally agree with you! ~Y

    • Rosanna says:

      I am from the U.S. fairly new to Australia. Living in Tasmania. If anyone down this way could point me in the direction of some cheeses close to what I am used to (cheddar, Monterey jack) that would be awesome! I sure miss pepper jack cheese too. It’s so hard to make good Mexican food 🙁 The best cheese I have found for it so far is a Mexican blend at Coles.

      Hi, Rosanna! Have you tried any of the Ashgrove Cheeses or Mainland cheeses? They’re my favourite now. Give it a try. It takes some getting used to but you will soon not miss the cheese from home. Also I found that the Woolworths that I go to have a better selection of cheeses than the Coles in my area. Not sure if it will be the same for you. Where in Tassie are you? ~Y

    • Rosanna says:

      Thank you. I will check Woolworths. I haven’t tried Ashgrove or Mainland cheese. I live in the Hobart area – Glenorchy. How about you?

      Try them out. They are my fave now. There’s another one but I can’t think of the name at the moment. I want to say Cape something but I could be very wrong. I’ll see if it comes to me later. 🙂 ~Y

    • Ricci says:

      I have just done some research on this as I was super curious as to why the cheese in American videos/photos on pinterest and facebook always looked so artifical. Turns out that way back when cheese was more yellow because of the grass the cows ate which made the fatty creamy component of their milk orangey-yellow which then transferred to the cheese. When they started skimming this fatty cream off and only using the milk the cheese became white, so they added colouring to make the cheese yellow again to hide the fact that they were making a lower quality product. It is something that really took off in the states, but no where else. Hence why to Americans everyone else cheese looks anemic and to everyone else America’s cheese looks overly processed! Having not tried the american style, I cannot attest to any taste differences, but as with appearance, what you’ve grown up with, what is familiar to you, is definitely going to be more appealing at first. And there is nothing wrong with that. Very interesting stuff, don’t you think? 🙂

      I didn’t know that! I knew it was obviously an added substance to the cheese making process but I didn’t know the details. Thanks for sharing! Very educational! ~Y

    • Robert says:

      New England (mainly Vermont) forced non-New England cheddar cheese producers to color their cheddar road paint yellow, so that you could tell the real stuff from the fake. Real cheddar was always white.

    • David says:

      To Marie W.!!!!
      I live in the Blue Mountains and totally NEED to get Monterey Jack cheese in bulk!
      Please, Jersey Girl, get this note to Marie W. who posted response #20!

      I live in Katoomba.
      Thanks so much!
      David

      I bought some Monterey Jack and Monterey Jack with Jalapeno the other day from Woolworths. Have you tried there? ~Y

    • Mike says:

      Ha. Having gone the other way (AU to USA — now back in AU) I hated American cheddar, was appalled by the orange hue, and longed for Australian Tasty. It’s all down to what you grew up with.

      I did like pepper jack, though. The wife (an American) and I had been stockpiling the Kraft Jalapeno stuff from Woolworths but, sadly, it seems to have been discontinued.

      Absolutely! I didn’t know it was discontinued. I hope you find more of the Jalapeno cheese! It’s very yummy! ~Y

    • Jon H says:

      Costco nowdays has both Monterey Jack and American Cheddar.

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