“Life is too short for fake butter, cheese, or people.”
The other day I purchased a block of cheddar cheese. What I didn’t notice on the label was the word, smoked. Yes, I’d purchased a block of smoked cheddar. To me, it had a richer flavor than regular cheddar. A little too rich for my taste. How to use it?
It was “make a quiche” day at our house, which comes up once a week so I can put small squares of quiche in my husband’s lunch as finger food. It’s our answer to the sandwich. It was then I thought to dice up the smoked cheddar and put it into the quiche rather than use an 8-ounce package of the usual, convenient shredded cheese.
Two of my favorites – Aged Cheddar and Havarti Chipotle.
I cubed the smoked cheddar and whipped it about in my Ninja until it was rather granular. I put this granulated cheese in the bottom of a sprayed casserole dish before adding the diced meat and vegetables. Finally, I whipped up 6 eggs and poured them on top. Baked it at 375 degrees for about 30 minutes.
Well, the quiche turned out beautifully and the cheese had a creamier texture. The quiche also had a richer flavor. I wondered about the difference between pre-shredded cheese and the block cheese that I shredded. There is a difference.
Packaged shredded cheese can have a few ingredients that keep it from clumping. Those ingredients could include cellulose (wood pulp) and sometimes potato starch. Really? Yes, really. Although approved by the FDA for human consumption, I’m glad they’re listed so I know what I’m putting into my body, if I read the label.
This is another case of, why didn’t I read the label. I decided to read the label on some shredded cheese I’d purchased and found that its added ingredient is corn starch. Not horrid, but it certainly impacts creaminess.
So my new resolution is to read labels, even if I think I know what I’m really buying. I’ll put that resolution on the list with lose ten pounds and curb my leaning toward sarcasm. Right.
Loveya – The Grandma
Artist, African hand drum student, yoga neophyte, and Grandmother of 22 or so grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and writing. I value good friends and quiet times for reading.