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American Cheese Month

Calling all cheese lovers! It's time to indulge in all things cheesy for American Cheese Month - from grilled cheese sandwiches to mac and cheese, let's celebrate our love for this delicious dairy delight.
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May 1
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Get ready to indulge in all things cheesy because May 1 marks the start of American Cheese Month! This month-long celebration was created by the American Cheese Society in 2008 to honor and promote the deliciousness of cheese made in America. From creamy brie to tangy cheddar, there are endless varieties of American cheeses to discover and savor. So get your cheese boards ready and let's dive into the history and flavors of this beloved dairy product!

History of American Cheese Month

American Cheese Month Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1800s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>American Cheese Making Beginnings</div><div class='timeline-text'>In the 1800s, Americans began making cheese in earnest, with traditional cheddar being one of the first types produced.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1851</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Industrialized Cheese Production</div><div class='timeline-text'>Jesse Williams opened the first American cheese factory in Oneida County, New York, beginning the industrialization of cheese production.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1915</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Creation of Processed Cheese</div><div class='timeline-text'>James L. Kraft invented processed cheese, providing a cheese product with a longer shelf life and uniformity that quickly gained popularity.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1981</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Formation of American Cheese Society</div><div class='timeline-text'>The American Cheese Society (ACS) was formed to promote and support American cheeses and cheese makers.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2008</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Establishment of American Cheese Month</div><div class='timeline-text'>The ACS created American Cheese Month, a month-long celebration every May, to honor and promote American cheese and its makers.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate American Cheese Month

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Create a cheese board</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Gather a variety of American cheeses and pair them with crackers, fruits, and other accompaniments to create a beautiful cheese board. You can even invite friends over to enjoy it with you.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Visit a cheese factory</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Go on a tour of a local cheese factory to learn about the cheese-making process and sample some delicious American cheeses. You may even be inspired to try making your own cheese at home.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Try new recipes with American cheese</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Challenge yourself to use American cheese in new and creative ways by trying out recipes such as mac and cheese, grilled cheese sandwiches, or cheesy casseroles. The possibilities are endless!</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Host a wine and cheese tasting</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Pair different types of American cheeses with different wines for a sophisticated and delicious tasting experience. You can even make it a themed event, such as only featuring cheeses from a specific region of America.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Share your love for American cheese on social media</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Spread the word about American Cheese Month by posting about your favorite American cheeses and recipes on social media. You can also use the hashtag #AmericanCheeseMonth to join in on the celebration with others.</p></div></div>

Why We Love American Cheese Month

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It's a classic staple in American cuisine</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>American cheese has been a beloved ingredient in many American dishes for generations. From grilled cheese sandwiches to burgers, mac and cheese, and more - American cheese adds that delicious, gooey texture that we all know and love.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It's versatile and easy to use</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Whether you prefer it sliced, shredded, or melted on top of your favorite dish, American cheese is a versatile ingredient that can be used in so many different ways. Plus, it's easy to work with and pairs well with a variety of flavors and ingredients.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It's a symbol of American pride</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>American cheese is not just loved for its taste, but also for the nostalgia and sense of comfort it brings. It represents the melting pot of cultures and cuisines in America and celebrates the diversity that makes our country great.</p></div></div>

5 Cheesy Revelations for American Cheese Month

American Cheese Month FAQs

When is American Cheese Month?

American Cheese Month is celebrated on May 1 every year. In 2024 American Cheese Month will occur on a Wednesday.

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