Product FAQs

Butter and Spreads

  1. Storage
  2. Usage

Storage

Can I freeze butter?
For best quality, store between 34-38 F. Store away from foods with strong flavors such as berries and onions.

Usage

If a print of whole butter is clarified in the kitchen, how much usable butter oil will it yield?
Only 65 – 70%. Instead of wasting a percentage of your butter, try Land O Lakes® Clarified Butter and use 100% of the product you paid for.

Cheese

  1. Storage
  2. Usage
  3. Measurement
  4. Nutrition

Storage

At what temperature should my cheese be stored?

All cheese products should be kept under refrigeration at 35°F to 40°F (1.6 to 4.4° C). Once cheese is opened it must be re-wrapped securely to keep air out and moisture in. It is not recommended to freeze cheese.

We have extra cheese remaining. Can we freeze it?

We do not recommend freezing cheese because it changes the texture of the cheese, usually resulting in the cheese being crumbly. However, if the cheese has been frozen, thaw the cheese in the refrigerator. Frozen cheese is best used in cooking and baking applications. Please note that even if cheese is frozen, it should still be used before the expiration date that is indicated on outside of case or packaging.

How can I help prevent my cheese from getting moldy?
  1. Use clean cutting utensils, work surfaces, and new plastic film.
  2. Wrap plastic film tightly around the cheese, making sure the air is driven out.
  3. Use within 7 days, and before the expiration date.
  4. Store between 35 to 40° F (1.6 to 4.4° C). Warmer temperatures accelerate mold growth.

Usage

How can I make an easy “Queso” or cheese dip with Land O Lakes® cheeses?

Melt 2 pounds of Extra Melt® American Cheese (shredded or cubed) with about 2 cups of milk, water or unsalted stock. Use low heat and melt in a double boiler, steam jacketed kettle or steamer, scrape sides often. Additional ingredients, like chilies, onion and red peppers, spices or meats can be added. If using Land O Lakes® Golden Velvet® Cheese Spread, add half as much liquid. Adjust liquid amount to desired consistency.

Measurement

How much shredded cheese does it take to equal sliced natural or process cheese in a recipe?

One cup of shredded cheese equals four ounces of natural or process cheese.

My recipe calls for 1 quart of shredded cheese. How many pounds of cheese is that?

Use 1 pound of cheese when the recipe calls for 1 quart of shredded cheese. Loaves of Land O Lakes® process cheese have marking on the loaf film for you to easily estimate pounds to cut off and shred.

Nutrition

How many grams of fat are in Land O Lakes® natural cheese portions?

Our natural cheese portions have 9 grams of fat per 1-oz portion. The reduced fat natural cheese portions have 6 grams of fat per 1-oz portion. Light mozzarella string cheese has 3 grams of fat per 1 –oz. portion.

Which enzymes does Land O Lakes® use when producing cheese?

The enzymes used for producing our natural cheeses come from a microbial (non-animal) source. Process cheeses could be made with microbial and/or animal-derived, flavor-producing enzymes.

What is the difference between natural and process cheese?

Natural cheeses like Cheddar, Colby and Monterey Jack are made directly from milk. Process cheese is made from natural cheese that is blended and heated. Emulsifiers, which give a smooth and quick melt, are added to the cheese. Process cheese is pasteurized to keep the flavor constant, while natural cheese flavor develops with aging.

Macaroni & Cheese

  1. Usage

Usage

How many servings are contained in a case of Land O Lakes® Macaroni and Cheese?

Land O Lakes® Macaroni and Cheese comes ready to serve in six 5-lb pouches per case. Each pouch has a volume of 9 cups, for total volume of 54 cups per case. Six ounces by weight provides 2 meat/meat alternates and 1 oz eq grain. A scoop or spoodle measures product by volume, not by weight, so you need to measure a leveled scoop of macaroni and cheese and weigh the product to determine the portion size to serve. Land O Lakes® Test Kitchen staff has found that a leveled #12 scoop provides 3 oz. of macaroni and cheese by weight and a leveled #6 scoop provides 6 oz. of macaroni and cheese by weight.

Sauces and Sauce Bases

  1. Usage
  2. Measurement

Usage

What is a “speed scratch” ingredient?

"Speed Scratch” means some of the preparation work has been done for operators, yet they can still add a few personal touches to get a “scratch/customized” result. This reduces prep time and possible waste and provides more consistent preparation.

Why should I use Cream Sauce Base in my operation?

There are many reasons to use Cream Sauce Base. A few of our favorites include:

  1. It is highly resistant to breaking and burning, and holds well for long meal periods.
  2. Its versatility allows for use in all menu parts.
  3. It withstands multiple heat-chill cycles well.
What are some common ingredients in your kitchen that can be added to Land O Lakes® Butter Sauce Base to make a terrific sauce?

Butter Sauce Base can be enhanced by adding any fresh or dried herb or spice, any condiments (ketchup, mustard, honey, steak sauce, sriracha, etc.), fresh fruit (whole fruit, juice, or zest), jams or jellies, wine and liquor, and more.

Why is Cream Sauce Base referred to as a base?

The word base is an indicator to operators that the product requires a finishing step. For example: Chicken Stock Base is not used directly out of the package, it needs other ingredients added to it to make it a finished product.

Measurement

When replacing cream in a recipe, how much Cream Sauce Base should be used?

Use 50% Cream Sauce Base when replacing cream in a recipe, and add preferred liquid to attain the consistency needed.

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