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Do they dye cheese orange?

Asked by Trance24 (3306points) August 11th, 2009

When you buy orange American cheese, or orange cheddar is it dyed that color? Or is it from the type of culture that they use?

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eponymoushipster's avatar


Cheddar is usually a pale yellow (off-white) natural colour, but food colourings are sometimes used. In parts of the United States and Canada, annatto, extracted from the tropical achiote tree, is used to give some Cheddar cheeses a deep orange colour. The largest producer of these cheeses in the United States, Kraft, uses a combination of annatto and oleoresin paprika, an oil made from paprika.

Darwin's avatar

In other words, yes, they dye it.

Disc2021's avatar

There is no difference (at least in taste) between yellow and white american other than the fact that one is dyed yellow (I work in at a deli =D). Same with white and yellow cheddar.

El_Cadejo's avatar

orange cheese is nasty.

mesbates's avatar

Cheddar and American cheeses are commonly dyed. If you purchase from an organic dairy, you will find both cheeses to be a cream color.

Buttonstc's avatar

But the silver lining to the cloud is that completely natural food substances are used.

Annato is the same substance that is used by millions of Spanish folks to make that yummy looking yellow rice for centuries.

InspecterJones's avatar

This site ruins everything good in life.


evelyns_pet_zebra's avatar

@InspecterJones be glad they didn’t ask how limburger got that taste.

InspecterJones's avatar

@evelyns_pet_zebra I don’t even wanna know!!

Bri_L's avatar

@InspecterJones – hang in there mate! Be faithful to cheese and it wont steer you wrong!

CHHHEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSEEEEEEEEEEEE (said splayed out on log as entrails spilled)

ubersiren's avatar

At least it’s a plant extract and not some chemically engineered yellow #3 and red #4 stuff.

Bri_L's avatar

@ubersiren – if yellow#3 is good enough for twinkies it’s good enough for me! :-)

gailcalled's avatar

For farm-grown salmon, the farmers have a color chart to choose the right pink or orange dye they want the fish’s raw flesh to be.

gailcalled's avatar

Tell me about it. Why do you think I eat only wild salmon and that rarely?

Bri_L's avatar

@gailcalled – what about salmon that are not really wild but act up now and then when their parents are not home?

gailcalled's avatar

@Bri_L : Just so they’re not pretty in pink.

InspecterJones's avatar

@gailcalled The problem with wild salmon is that its being over farmed, the stock isn’t replenishing as fast as is necessary. Would organic salmon still have the same dye crap going on?

gailcalled's avatar

@InspecterJones: Wild salmon isn’t being over-farmed; it is being over-fished. One of my nephews (related to a famous fluther god) is the Director of Development at The Wild Salmon Center in Portland, OR. He and his co-horts are working hard to sustain the habitat of the wild salmon.

There is an enormous amount of poaching that occurs and has led to lower wild salmon population. The US and Russia are cooperating in this effort.

gailcalled's avatar

@InspecterJones: Organic salmon

It is nasty stuff and also farmed. The fish are fed with contaminated materials. I have a friend in Anchorage who says he’d rather be shot than eat a farmed salmon.

El_Cadejo's avatar

@gailcalled i dont think thats the link you wanted….

gailcalled's avatar

@uberbatman: Indeed, I don’t. Thanks for the heads-up.

Maybe this will work.

I hope that Vladimira is not taking offense.

El_Cadejo's avatar

man… well that took all the fun out of eating salmon…. :(

gailcalled's avatar

@uberbatman: Who said “You are what you eat”?

El_Cadejo's avatar

@gailcalled Victor Lindlahr? :P

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