Cheddar Cheese

When you picture cheddar cheese, it is often a bright orange color. However this is from the addition of annatto, a natural food dye that is made from the seeds of the Achiote tree. White cheddar isn’t any better or worse than orange cheddar, it’s just lacking additional food dye.

Cheddar cheese is hands down one my favorite cheeses. It’s affordable, easy to find, and tastes great. Aim for a longer aged cheese, and you will pack your mac and cheese with flavor. I know, I’ve seen the tiktok too, but cheddar has never let me down. It’s the base in my simple stovetop mac and cheese recipe, and it’s something I always keep on hand so whenever I bring home mystery cheeses I have an opener cheese ready for mac and cheese perfection.