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Aug 14, 2010 12:09 PM

What to do with cheese powder

I bought some cheese powder off the internet. This is a commercially available product designed to make it easy for a restaurant to produce a cheese sauce. Yes the major ingredient is cheddar cheese.

I bought it primarily to make cheese popcorn. My grand daughter liked the cheese popcorn out of one of those holiday tins. I figured I could do better than that. It did come out very well, but I bought a pound of this stuff.

Any suggestions on what I could do with it?

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  1. I have, what is probably a very obvious answer to a silly question, lol, what is the best way to make cheese popcorn? Just sprinkle the cheese on the popcorn when it is still warm? Or, is there another way? Will most of it adhere well? And is white cheese powder available?

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    1. re: crafteeidea

      Yeah pretty much. This particular product doesn't have much salt so I add salt to the popcorn, too. I shake it in the container. And to think I haven't spent a day in culinary school.

      Before I got this powder, my first attempt was to take the package from the mac & cheese box. It was extremely salty. It worked but it was cheese like product.

      1. re: crafteeidea

        I did find some white cheese powder on ebay but it is a different seller than I bought from.

        1. re: crafteeidea

          I realize you never got an answer to your August question. The popcorn must be moistened in order for the cheese powder to adhere. It doesn't HAVE to be oil or butter, though. One of those butter-flavored sprays, or just some warm water in a mister bottle, will do.

          King Arthur Flour's cheese powder is white cheddar, and has a more authentic cheese taste (and ingredient list) than the orange powder, but that's by virtue of more fat and salt than the orange stuff.

          1. re: greygarious

            I like King Arthur Flour's white cheese powder too. It's real tasty! I often sprinkle fresh grated parmesan on popcorn as well.

        2. As a garnish to Mac N Cheese? Or a hot meatball sub sandwich?

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          1. re: ipsedixit

            I use the cheddar powder from Barry Farm's website to make cheese sauce for vegetables and as part of the cheese in my mac&cheese. A little bit of it adds just a little of the blue box taste which I admit to liking. Once upon a time I used to buy the packaged stuff and add more pasta, milk, and real cheese, so this just comes at it frmo the other direction. Good for potatoes au gratin, salad dressing, mixed with sour cream for baked potato, and whisked into eggs before scrambling.

          2. I'm betting it can be the principal ingredient in Mac and Cheese--isn't that what Kraft skinny blue box uses?

            1. Oh, the options for carbs with cheese powder are endless!

              Cheese crackers, cheese sticks, cheese puffs, cheese bread.... do I need to go on? The recipes using cheese powder on the website are very good. They sell a high quality cheddar powder so they have been tested well with something similar to what you already own.


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              1. re: smtucker

                Thanks didn't know about the recipes on their website.

                1. re: smtucker

                  Oh wow. One of those recipes talked about a green chili-cheese butter. King arthur was suggesting real cheddar cheese but I don't see why you couldn't make a green chili-cheese butter using cheese powder, green chilis and tobasco sauce.

                  Doesn't that sound great?

                  1. re: Hank Hanover

                    I'm thinking that sauce with chilies would be great on a steak sandwich. It'd be good also mixed into partially cooked rice then put into a casserole dish and finished in the oven. What about mixing the powder into a biscuit mix for cheese biscuits or scrambled into eggs? I think adding it to a hollandaise, sans lemon juice, but hey, why not add the chiles to this also? It'd be great over poached eggs.....

                2. Perhaps homemade potato chips, or mixed into creamy mashed potatoes for twice bakes.
                  Dusting for soft pretzels.