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Homemade American Cheese

An easy recipe for making your own American Cheese at home!
Course Cheese
Cuisine American
Prep 20 minutes
Chilling time 3 hours
Total 3 hours 20 minutes
Servings 1 pound American cheese
Calories 1473 kcal
Author Michelle


  • teaspoons unflavored gelatin
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 12 ounces Colby cheese shredded fine (about 3 cups)
  • 1 tablespoon whole dry milk powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • teaspoon cream of tartar
  • ½ cup + 2 tablespoons whole milk


  1. 1. Line a 5x4-inch disposable aluminum loaf pan with plastic wrap, using enough so that excess hangs over the sides.
  2. 2. Sprinkle the gelatin over the water in a small cup and let sit until the gelatin softens, about 5 minutes.
  3. 3. Meanwhile, pulse together the shredded cheese, dry milk powder, salt and cream of tartar in a food processor until combined, about 3 pulses.
  4. 4. Bring the milk to a boil in a small saucepan. Remove from heat and immediately whisk in the softened gelatin until it is completely dissolved and the mixture is smooth.
  5. 5. Turn the food processor on so it is running, then slowly add the hot milk mixture to the cheese mixture until smooth, about 1 minute, scraping down the bowl as needed.
  6. 6. Immediately transfer the cheese to the prepared pan. Working quickly, pack the cheese firmly into the loaf pan to eliminate most air pockets, then smooth the top. Fold the overhanging plastic tightly against the surface of the cheese and refrigerate for at least 3 hours. The cheese can be stored in the refrigerator, wrapped tightly in plastic wrap, for up to 1 month.

Recipe Notes

Note: Be sure to use whole dry milk powder, not nonfat dry milk powder, as it will make a difference. I purchased my whole dry milk powder from King Arthur Flour.

Nutritional values are based on the whole recipe

Nutrition Facts
Homemade American Cheese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1473 Calories from Fat 1035
% Daily Value*
Fat 115g177%
Saturated Fat 72g450%
Cholesterol 342mg114%
Sodium 4473mg194%
Potassium 754mg22%
Carbohydrates 17g6%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 91g182%
Vitamin A 3650IU73%
Calcium 2537mg254%
Iron 2.6mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.