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Preparation, uses, and tips

Because it is such a mild cheese, colby is seldom used in cooking. It is used as a table cheese, for grating and grilling, and in snacks and salads. Like cheddar, it complements pears, apples, and apple cider nicely. It also goes well with barbecued dishes, chili, burgers, fajitas, and frittatas. When making sandwiches, enjoy Colby on rye bread.

Buying and storing tips

Colby should not be aged. It is best used shortly after purchase; otherwise, it soon dries out. Note that a few brands of Colby have been associated with Listeria contamination and recalls, so purchase pasteurized Colby, rather than a raw-milk variety.


Longhorn is the best known of the Colby cheeses, all of which are typically sold in half-rounds.

Nutrition Highlights

Colby, 1 slice (1 oz.) (28g)
Calories: 111
Protein: 6.7g
Carbohydrate: 0.73g
Total Fat: 9g
Fiber: 0.0g
*Excellent source of: Calcium (214mg)

*Foods that are an “excellent source” of a particular nutrient provide 20% or more of the Recommended Daily Value. Foods that are a “good source” of a particular nutrient provide between 10 and 20% of the Recommended Daily Value.

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