Macaroni cheese… I don’t eat it very often but when I do I love it? A lovely cheese sauce some pasta topped with fresh breadcrumbs and grated cheese I also add sliced tomatoes around the edge…
Tasty and moreish it is a delicious meal.
However what about the boxed macaroni and cheese?
I will use Kraft as most people are familiar with their name and products…
INGREDIENTS: ENRICHED MACARONI PRODUCT (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN,FERROUS SULFATE [IRON], THIAMIN MONONITRATE [VITAMIN B1],RIBOFLAVIN [VITAMIN B2], FOLIC ACID); CHEESE SAUCE (MILK, WHEY, WATER, CANOLA OIL, MILK PROTEIN CONCENTRATE, SALT, SODIUM PHOSPHATE, CONTAINS LESS THAN 2% OF SODIUM ALGINATE, LACTIC ACID, SORBIC ACID AS A PRESERVATIVE, MILKFAT, OLEORESIN PAPRIKA[COLOR], ANNATTO [COLOR], CHEESE CULTURE, ENZYMES)CONTAINS: WHEAT, MILK.
Has that put you off?
Some facts about Kraft Mac and Cheese…
James Lewis Kraft, the founder of Kraft Foods, didn’t invent macaroni and cheese and didn’t even invent processed cheese, but he was the first to patent the process of emulsifying and powdering cheese in order to give it a much longer shelf life.
Every package of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese contains a package of mix to make the cheese sauce. The cheese sauce mix contains several milk ingredients: whey (milk protein), milk protein concentrate, milk, milk fat and cheese culture. The cheese sauce mix also contains salt, sodium tripolyphosphate, sodium phosphate and calcium phosphate. According to the International Food Additives Council, sodium phosphates help cheese retain its melting properties and calcium phosphate improves nutritional value. Yellow 5 and Yellow 6 are added to the sauce mix as colourings. Final ingredients in the sauce mix are citric acid, lactic acid and enzymes. According to the Food Additives and Ingredients Association, acids are added to foods as preservatives and emulsifiers. Enzymes are catalysts and may help the cheese sauce reconstitute properly.
When making Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, add your own butter or margarine and milk according to package directions. The products you choose affect the overall calorie count and nutrition of the product.
My Question is ??? If you are adding butter/margarine and milk why are you not making your own cheese sauce???
Yellow 5 is also known as Tartrazine or E 102. Yellow 5 is widely used in the making of potato chips, jams, candy, drinks and even pet food. It is also added to shampoo and other cosmetic products, as well as vitamins and certain medications. Yellow 5 is banned in Austria and Norway, and other European countries have issued warnings about their possible side effects. It is still freely and extensively used in the US.
For further info on Yellow 5
My recipe for macaroni and Cheese:
- 2 tbsp Cornflour
- 1 oz/ 25 gm Butter… I generally just slice it off the block so probably use a tad. more
- 3/4 pint Milk
- Freshly ground Pepper.
- 3 oz/70 gm Cheddar cheese plus extra for topping.
- 2 tsp Dijon mustard.
I have always used a flour/butter roux to make a white sauce and if that’s how you roll then that’s fine.
My son ( bless him) has turned it on its head and asked me why did I make it hard for myself….mmmmmm..teaching mum to suck eggs?
His version and now I have got used to it…it is easier. But am I going to tell him that…Nope!
Mix cornflour to a smooth paste with a little of the milk set aside.
Bring your milk to a slow boil, add the butter and let it melt.
Now..pour your cornflour mix into the milk in very small amounts stirring as you pour, repeating until all the cornflour is incorporated you now have a very smooth sauce.
Season with Salt and pepper and add Dijon mustard again stirring all the time cook for 1-2 minutes stirring to cook off the taste of the cornflour.
Stir in your cheese I use a strong English cheddar but you can use Gruyère cheese or another cheese of your choice or mix your cheeses.
All you have to do now is cook your macaroni as per the packet instructions and once cooked and drained stir into the cheese sauce …Top with a breadcrumb and cheese mix and brown under the grill.
Also if you like you could add some crispy bacon or ham just to make a change.
If you discount the butter and milk my mac and cheeses has 5 ingredients…The Kraft one contains a few more than that and colourings which are banned around the world apart from the US who just issue warnings on the packets…
That is caring about the consumer …NOT!
As I stated before consumers need to talk with their feet…You have the power, You are the ones who decide what you feed yourself and your family, You need to take action…
About Carol Taylor:
Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.
I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.
Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.
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