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Cheddar cheese (three trials) was made from split lots of curd, salted with NaCl or mixtures of NaCl/KCl and ripened at 3 ± 1C. Preferences for cheese, as determined by consumer panels, were significantly (P < 0.05) affected by flavor and order of presentation to panelists but not (P > 0.05) by age of cheese. In the first order of presentation, cheese made with NaCl was preferred over those made with NaCl/KCl, whereas in the second order of presentation cheese made with 1.52% NaCl/KCl (2:1) was preferred. In the third order of presentation, cheese made with 1.72% NaCl (rather than 1.5%) was preferred. Overall, mean scores were higher for cheeses made with NaCl than with NaCl/KCl. However, the score of cheese made with ca. 1.5% NaCl/KCl was not significantly (P > 0.05) different from that of cheese made with ca. 1.5% NaCl. Cheese made with ca. 1.5% NaCl/KCl (2:1) was consistently preferred over cheeses containing more KCl.