Essentially a processed cheese with the butterfat replaced by nonfat milk, vegetable oil or wheysolids mixed with water. Such products typically have a rubbery texture and lackluster flavor. Looking for a plus side? They have a long shelf life and often require no refrigeration. See also substitute cheese.
From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.