Wednesday, May 10, 2017

What is Imitation Processed Cheese Food

"Little Miss Muffett sat on her tuffett eating her curds and whey..." - Dr. Thomas Muffett 1604 - 

What are Curds and Whey?

Simply put it's Cottage Cheese.

How Real Cheese is Made

Cheese is made from milk and vinegar and both milk and vinegar have been around since before the birth of Jesus. Milk is brought to almost a boil then vinegar is added and curds or lumps will form. This is then poured into a colander lined with cheese cloth so the whey (liquid) will drain away from the curds. The curds are then wrapped in the cheese cloth to form a ball and is hung to allow the rest of the whey to drain. What is left is your cheese. The flavor of cheese increases as it ages. Homemade cheese will last for a week in the refrigerator.

How Imitation Processed Cheese Food is Made

This food product was first made in 1949 by Kraft Foods. It was a way for Kraft Foods to produce mass quantities of "cheese" that would have a longer shelf life and provide more sales for the company.

Well, imitation processed cheese food is supposed to be made with no less than 51% milk at least that is what the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) says. Kraft has been cited over the years for false advertising.

The process of making this imitation processed cheese food is simple. The slices are made individually and are not from a block of cheese. It is simply a mixture of vegetable oil, enzyme modified cheese, emulsifying agents, acidifying agents, anti sticking agents, spices extra salt and extra sugar and food coloring. This is a liquid that is then processed into the individually wrapped slices.

I don't know about you but that is a lot of ingredients and most of them we don't really know what they are.

Have you ever noticed that this imitation processed cheese food not only feels like plastic but does not melt on your food? That's because it is not real cheese.

Yes, I know that purchasing this imitation cheese is cheaper on the family budget. However, more of this imitation cheese is purchased so you are really spending more than if you went to the deli section of your grocery store and purchased real cheese that is sliced from a block. You will actually eat less of the real cheese and spend less overall.

You can have your cheese sliced as thick or thin as you please. Not to mention that you can request the deli person to put a piece of paper between each slice so they do not stick together.

What is more important convenience or healthy food choices?

Let's discuss.

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