Product Highlight: Freeze Dried Cheese

My Thoughts on Freeze Dried Cheese:

It took me quite a while to figure out just how to use freeze dried cheese.  If you are ready for a laugh, read the next couple of stories…

Attempt #1: 

I had promised to make pizza for one of my first THRIVE parties about 2 years ago.  So, I needed cheese, but I had never hydrated it and there wasn’t much info available about how to do that.  Well, I knew that everything else I’d tried hydrated quicker in warm or hot water.  So, I poured a bunch of hot water over a bowl of freeze dried cheese.  So, that means I ended up with a big bowl of melted cheese that didn’t work too well for pizza.

Attempt #2:

After the attempt above, I had moved on to hydrating small amounts of cheese by putting it in a bowl with cold water and then straining it after an hour or so.  This worked, but was tedious.  Then, about a year ago, I was in Hawaii preparing for a HUGE show with some consultants on my team.  We were expecting hundreds of people and needed to hydrate 3 or 4 cans of cheese.  So, we dumped it all in a bowl together.  Didn’t work with that much cheese.  The weight was too much and it just ended up in huge clumps.

So, yes, laugh!  AND, realize that everyone makes mistakes!  haha!

Then early this year, THRIVE Life (formerly Shelf Reliance) hired Chef Todd and he saved me with a fabulous idea for hydrating cheese.

Tips:

The best tip I can give is to have you watch this video from Chef Todd.  Use his method and your cheese will hydrate perfectly every time!

A few other tips:
  • It does not hydrate and melt at the same time well.  For example, if you throw it dry into a soup, it will hydrate but not melt well.  It is better to hydrate first.
  • It makes a great snack dry!  The cheddar tastes just like cheez-its!  My kids love it.  So do I actually!
I store and use THRIVE Freeze Dried Cheese. As such, everything else I mention below will be about THRIVE Freeze Dried Cheese.

Conversion:

Each #10 can contains about 12 cups shredded cheese which is equivalent to about twelve 8 oz bags of shredded cheese.

Price vs grocery store?

It ranges from $3 – $3.75 per 8 oz bag depending on which type of cheese.
 

*Current through Dec ‘12.

See current pricing here.

Sizes Available:

Pantry Can: About 3.5 cups or three to four 8 oz bags shredded cheese.

#10 Can: About 12 cups or twelve 8 oz bags shredded cheese.

Case: Six #10 cans (72 cups or 108 bags of cheese). Save an additional 5% when you purchase it in a case

Find All Sizes Here

Shelf Life:

20 years unopened and 2 years opened.

Once hydrated, it can be refrigerated for up to a week or so.

Recipes

Copycat Recipe – T.G.I.F Baked Potato Skins

TGI Friday’s Potato Skins

Veggie & Cheddar Soup

Braised Stuff Cabbage

Quick Flavorful Meatballs

Cheesy Potato Soup

 

 

 

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