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Colby and Cheddar Cheese

by Nikki Willhite

Everyone loves cheese. We put mozzarella cheese on pizza and in our lasagna, and use grated Parmesan cheese on top of our spaghetti. We combine slices of Swiss cheese with meat on our sandwiches, and we eat cottage cheese with fruit and put it in a variety of casseroles and jello dishes.

The most popular cheese we use is a hard dark orange cheese - Colby or Cheddar cheese. We also often hear the term Longhorn cheese. Do you know the difference, and which to use for what?

Cheddar Cheese

Colby and Cheddar are two separate cheeses. Cheddar cheese goes through a special process (called cheddaring).  Mild, medium and sharp are terms to describe the flavor. Mild cheese can taste very bland. Sharp cheese has a much stronger flavor. Aged cheddar cheeses have a strong, nutty flavor.

Use medium to strong flavored cheese for dishes that will undergo a long cooking process, such as in the oven.

Colby Cheese

Colby cheese is softer than cheddar and it has a milder flavor. It also has more moisture than cheddar, but dries out quickly. Do not use Colby cheese in the oven. The flavor is too mild to enhance any dish. Use Colby cheese for snacking, and in salads. You can also use it when you barbecue.

Longhorn Cheese

Longhorn cheese is not a type of cheese. The term Longhorn refers to the shape of the cheese. There are several types of longhorn cheese, including Monterey Jack.

Learn the distinctive flavors of each cheese, use the right one for what you are preparing, and improve the quality of your cooking.

About the Author: Nikki Willhite, mother of 3 and an interior design graduate, has been writing and publishing articles on the topic of frugal living for over a decade. Visit her at - where you will find hundreds of frugal living tips and articles. Frugal Happy Families- more than just money!

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