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Thursday, September 20, 2007

A culinary 'speciality' around this area is Provel cheese. If you have a sensitivity to certain kinds of processed cheeses, like Provel, be sure to ask if the plate of lasagna you are eating at a church supper is made with such a cheese. Or you will be sorry.

Why? First of all, it is not really cheese...
"Critics argue its processed method of production and flavor make its relation to other cheeses analogous to Chipped beef's relation to steak. Provel, like American cheese, is not legally labeled as simply cheese because it does not meet the moisture content requirements that the FDA holds for a food to be considered cheese. Provel is instead a Pasteurized process cheese. Fans consider Provel a delicious mildly smoked flavor that is softer than mozzarella, but that still maintains a cohesive consistency that doesn't form messy strings when it is cut."

See this blog post from a couple of years ago for another good argument against Provel.

Also, it just tastes funny.

7 Comments:

  1. Liz said...
    Thanks for the warning. Cheese induced migrianes are the pits.
    Joy said...
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    LittleMary said...
    now. i really must argue with this. i sense a hint of sarcasm in this post that is deeply prejudiced against the wonders of provel. perhaps i should write a counter-post for all the things this is good for.
    Brett said...
    My friends, admirers, and detractors will all admit that I am a food appreciator. But Provel on pizza is not good.
    LittleMary said...
    provel on pizza, dear brett, is most definitely good. ESPECIALLY AT IMO'S PIZZA. when are you going to learn, my dear new midwesterners?
    Quotidian Grace said...
    Never heard of the stuff. I don't think its sold down here in southeast Texas--we stick to Velveeta.
    Joy said...
    Alex and Brett, My family and I have been Midwesterns for a long time. We don't like provel on Pizza either. I deleted my previous comment because of too many typos. I think I was nauseous realizing the Weds. dinner was made with provel. No wonder no one in my family liked it. Not all of us from this area like St. Louis style pizza, especially IMO's. Sorry, littemary.

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