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Homemade “American” Cheese

Adapted from a recipe at America's Test Kitchen...  I have never attempted to make my own cheese. It’s been on “my list” of things I want to eventually try, but fairly far down because I figured it was pretty complicated. That was until I ran across a recipe for American Cheese that sounded quite easy!

Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Chill for 3 hours
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 184 kcal
Author: Jillee


  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons powdered gelatin
  • 12 ounces Colby cheese shredded
  • 1 tablespoon powdered milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons whole milk


  1. Line 5 x 4-inch disposable aluminum loaf pan with plastic wrap, allowing excess to hang over sides.
  2. Mix water and gelatin in a small bowl and let sit for 5 minutes.
  3. Combine cheese, milk powder, salt, and cream of tartar in a food processor and pulse a couple of times until combined.
  4. Bring the milk to a boil in a small saucepan and remove from heat, then stir in the softened gelatin until dissolved.
  5. With the food processor running, slowly add hot milk mixture to cheese mixture until smooth, about 1 - 2 minutes, scraping down the bowl as needed.
  6. Immediately transfer cheese mixture to prepared pan. Wrap tightly and chill at least 3 hours.
Nutrition Facts
Homemade “American” Cheese
Amount Per Serving (8 servings)
Calories 184 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 42mg14%
Sodium 420mg18%
Potassium 94mg3%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 455IU9%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 317mg32%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.