My latest Kitchen History post on Etsy is in celebration of April, which is National Grille Cheese Month. I explore the secret–the and history–of the perfect grilled cheese. Read it here, and you can read the archive of all my Etsy Kitchen History posts here.
When I was in elementary school, my mom would drive me to the neighboring township for sleepovers at my friend Kelly’s. One of my clearest memories from these visits was the lunch Kelly’s mom would prepare for us: grilled cheese. The cheese was creamier than any I’d ever had before, with a tanginess I couldn’t identify. Her method was a mystery, until one day I ambled through the kitchen while she got her ingredients ready…
This post deals largely with the history of Velveeta cheese, inspired by a vintage Velveeta slicer I found on Etsy. Yesterday, I got a mysterious package in the mail, shipped overnight from Oregon. Inside:
Yes, that’s a yellow wax seal stamped “Velveeta.” There was a handwritten card that said “We noticed your love of vintage Velveeta cheese cutters and couldn’t resist diving into the vault to send you this little vintage gem.” It was signed “The Velveeta Team.”
In the box, there was a c. 1980’s “cheese cuber” and two pounds of Velveeta cheese. I couldn’t be happier. It was such a sweet thing to do. And I’m simultaneously amazed that throughout history, man has created so many tools for slicing a semi-gelatinous foodstuff that is probably one of the easiest things in the world to cut.
But hell yeah I’m going to make some queso dip with this thing.