This makes a lot of pimento cheese, which is the point. Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge. Pimiento vs. Pimento: Pimiento, Spanish for "pepper," is available fresh from late summer to early fall; canned and bottled are available year-round. Pimento, an alternate spelling, "has been in colloquial use since around 1910," says John T. Edge. Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary specifies using the spelling "pimento" when used in the term "pimento cheese."