Melted cheese can be used as a delicious sauce in many dishes. The cheese can be melted in the oven or in the microwave. But it's important to choose a type that really melts and add a starch and a liquid so it doesn't get too grainy. Heat it over low heat or in small increments in the microwave until it starts to melt.
Method 1 of 3: Selecting and Making Cheese
Step 1. Choose tougher types of cheese
These types have a lower melting point and are used most often in sauces, sandwiches and as a base for soups. Cheddar, Gruyere and Swiss cheese are great melting options.
Nonfat cheeses can melt, but they take much longer and are harder to stir
Step 2. Avoid using soft cheeses
Low-fat, low-moisture cheeses, such as Parmesan and Romano, burn easily and do not have a gravy consistency. The softest ones are feta and ricotta cheese, which will never melt and should be avoided for this purpose.
Step 3. Grate, shred or slice the cheese
It will melt faster if cut into smaller pieces.
There is no significant difference between grating, slicing, or slicing, so use whichever option is most convenient for you
Step 4. Leave at room temperature
If you use a cold cheese, it may melt slowly or unevenly. Leave it outside the fridge until it gets close to room temperature before trying to melt it.
Most reach room temperature in 20 to 30 minutes. But it's important not to leave the cheese out of the fridge for more than two hours
Method 2 of 3: Melting Cheese in the Oven
Step 1. Use a non-stick skillet
Cheese can easily stick to the sides of the pan or dishes during the melting process. Choose a utensil with a non-stick coating to avoid this problem.
Step 2. Place the cheese over low heat
Never start on high or medium heat as it can heat unevenly.
Step 3. Add a pinch of cornstarch and evaporated milk
A little starch and milk prevents the cheese from separating quickly, which results in an uneven and grainy mixture. The amount of each ingredient varies and depends on the amount of cheese being melted, but you only need to use a small pinch of each to keep the cheese smooth.
Step 4. Try adding American cheese
This type has properties that help the cheese to melt smoothly. If you don't mind the taste, add a slice or two to the cheese mixture.
Step 5. Add an acidic ingredient such as vinegar or beer
If the cheese gets a little grainy when it's melting, a small amount of the sour ingredient will solve the problem. Alcohol, like that found in white wine or beer, is a great choice, as well as giving the cheese a good taste. If you prefer not to use alcohol, try using something like vinegar or lemon juice.
Step 6. Tap continuously
Use a whisk or a fork to blend the cheese while it is melting. This will also mix any added ingredients well and keep the mixture very smooth.
Step 7. Remove from heat as soon as it melts and reaches desired consistency
Cheese has a very low burn point, so melting it longer than necessary can result in a dark, burnt cheese.
Method 3 of 3: Microwave Melting Cheese
Step 1. Place the cheese in a microwave-safe container
The ideal container is one that has a non-stick coating. However, it can be difficult to find one that fits in the fridge. Use a ceramic bowl or similar container, but be sure to spray them with a cooking spray.
Step 2. Add some cornstarch and evaporated milk before microwave
These ingredients prevent the cheese from becoming grainy during the melting process. Precise amounts vary depending on the amount of cheese, but use just a pinch of each.
Step 3. Add an acidic ingredient
This ingredient adds flavor and helps the cheese to become smoother as it melts. White wine and beer can taste great, but if you prefer not to use alcohol, try something like white vinegar.
Step 4. Melt cheese on high power for 30 seconds
Place the cheese in a microwave-safe, non-stick container and let it heat up for 30 seconds. This is usually enough time to melt it properly.
Step 5. Remove and stir
Ideally, it has a smooth texture and no lumps and granules. If it's still a little solid or rough, return the dishes to the microwave.
Step 6. Melt at five to ten second intervals
If it has not melted after 30 seconds, remove from appliance, stir and return for another five to ten seconds. Continue heating at small intervals until you reach the desired consistency.