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Why do they color cheddar cheese orange?


Asked by Shanna84 at 1:29 PM on Dec. 23, 2010 in Food & Drink

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Answers (10)
  • Anatto (used for coloring cheddar) is also a flavoring, and is a natural preservative- like many spices.

    Answer by ObbyDobbie at 1:32 PM on Dec. 23, 2010

  • All cheese is white ~ unless/until you color it. When I first started making it I colored mine because that's how I used to buy it. I no longer do so, and there is no taste difference. The taste of cheese comes from a combination of the type of milk used, the starter, the heating process, and the aging time.

    What I find rather ironic is that if you make your own you pay for the coloring ~ and if you go to the store and buy white cheddar you pay more. Marketing is bizarre sometimes.

    Answer by Farmlady09 at 2:55 PM on Dec. 23, 2010

  • Who knows. But they do it with beta-carotene, so it's like getting a vitamin A dose.

    Answer by LindaClement at 1:32 PM on Dec. 23, 2010

  • I never considered it orange. To me, it's a shade of yellow. Like a school bus. My ex used to argue with me that school buses & cheese are orange. I know for a fact the name of the color for school buses is "safety yellow". So, for cheese I consider it "cheese yellow". That's my "official" name for it.

    Answer by lisa89j at 1:33 PM on Dec. 23, 2010

  • Because the color orange is delicious! Hehehe.

    Answer by Nanixh at 1:34 PM on Dec. 23, 2010

  • no idea

    Answer by san78 at 2:34 PM on Dec. 23, 2010

  • What color is it naturally? I buy white cheddar.

    Answer by mompam at 1:43 PM on Dec. 23, 2010

  • couldn't tell ya.

    Answer by shanapiv at 10:09 PM on Dec. 23, 2010

  • idk maybe for looks

    Answer by momoflilangel at 11:13 PM on Dec. 23, 2010

  • Cause it looks like cheese, lol

    Answer by sstepph at 8:13 AM on Dec. 24, 2010