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.
First 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.
And 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??
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).