Friday, July 31, 2009

It's a matter of ......Powdered Cheese

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One of the most frequent questions that I hear has to do with Food Storage types of "powders". Folks say "What in the world do I do with them?" They include things like shortening powder, butter powder, margarine powder, etc. Actually, in the Food industry, these powders are used often, particularly in prepared mixes. Today, I want to talk about Cheese powder. Commercially, you most likely have seen or used Powdered Cheese if you have purchased Potato Au gratin mixes or Macaroni and Cheese mixes.

Cheese powder comes in different qualities. The first type that I purchased a number of years ago looked really, really orange and was almost florescent. You all know what I mean. When I tried to make sauces with it, it was still really, really orange, and not in an appetizing way. I avoided it for a while, but got the courage to purchase more and try it again.

I went to Crane's Kitchen Kneads on Redwood Road in Salt Lake City. They sell the powder by the bag (clear plastic). That was very important to me as I wanted to "see" what kind of powder it was....I was avoiding the really orange type. The type of powder they sell is white in color, and it makes a wonderful sauce etc. It does get more color when you cook it. If you wish to see what it is like, get the "big" brand-named Mac and Cheese and look at the powder in the package. It is white. The taste is mild as well. I have come to really like it and wanted to share some ideas of what to do with it.

Nitro-pak ( recommends the following directions for use: Gradually combine cheese blend with hot water. Stir together until smooth and creamy. Spread: 3/4 C. Water, 3/4 C. Powder. Yields 1 Cup. Sauce: 1 C. Water, 1/2 C. Powder. Yields 1 Cup.

Let's start with something really simple....Cheese Popcorn. Here is a recipe courtesy of

Cheese Corn Notes: (This recipe was provided by Evelyn Dybzinski).
Ingredients1/4 cup popcorn kernels
1 can butter flavor spray
1 jar cheddar cheese powder

Serves / Yields1/4 cup popcorn makes large bowl

Preparation Instructions
As the popcorn comes out of popper, spray the pan spray on it in spurts. When the bowl is full, sprinkle cheddar cheese powder on top. It will fall through and stick to the spray. Great!
(Evelyn states the following: "I use the cheddar cheese powder on my air-popped popcorn to save on calories. Also, I've found the butter flavored pan sprays help it to stick to the popcorn--again less calories").

Here is another "doable" recipe that comes from

Cheese Sauce Mini-Mix

1/3 cups dehydrated cheese powder
3 Tablespoons powdered milk
3 Tablespoons dehydrated butter powder or margarine powder
3 Tablespoons flour
1/8 teaspoons onion powder

Cheese Sauce
1 cup hot tap water
1/2 cup Cheese Sauce Mix (above)
Bring to a boil stirring with a wire whisk -- it only takes a minute! For a touch of color add a few parsley flakes (optional). Mix-A-Meal Cookbook, by Deanna Bean and Lorna Shute, p. 46.

Here are several favorites that use Cheese powder when you purchase them as mixes from the store. The information comes from

1¼ cups uncooked macaroni
¼ cup cheddar cheese powder
¼ cup milk
¼ cup butter or margarine
Cook macaroni in 2 quarts boiling water until tender.
Drain. Add cheese mix, milk and butter; stirring
gently until noodles are well coated.

(Using Dehydrated Potatoes)
¼ cup cheddar cheese powder
1 tbsp dehydrated onion flakes
¼ tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp celery seed
1/8 tsp garlic powder
3 cups dehydrated potatoes
2 cups boiling water
2 tbsp butter or margarine
2/3 cup milk

Mix together first five ingredients. Place dehydrated
potato slices in casserole. Sprinkle dry ingredient
mixture over potatoes, then add boiling water and
butter. Stir until butter is melted and sauce is
smooth. Stir in milk. Bake at 400°F for 30-35
minutes until potatoes are tender.

slice 3 medium potatoes and place in casserole.
Heat milk and butter until warm. Add dry
ingredients; mix until smooth. Pour over potatoes.
Bake at 400°F for 45-60 minutes until potatoes are

Finally, you can use it as a sprinkle on Baked Potatoes, or put some into biscuits. Experiment with it today. Take the opportunity to gain a new skill!

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