Cheese is a favorite in many recipes and a great source of protein. In a disaster or time of shortage, for many people dehydrated cheese is the only way to get this versatile food item. While in this form it is not everyone’s idea of real food, it is a sensible way to have this food item. When freeze-dried cheese is not available, this is a good replacement. Other forms of cheese for storage purposes are:
Removing almost all the moisture from cheese by dehydration makes it less likely to spoil and therefore increases its shelf life. It is interesting to note that some sources claim that in the right conditions, this staple can have a shelf life of over 10 years. Others even claim that their product can last for up to 25 years, which is great for those people who are serious about storing food.
To last, this product cannot get wet and the storage area has to be cool and dark. Sealing the containers at all times is also important for longer shelf life. Some people reseal the packets after each use to ensure that the cheese does not go bad. For many people, to maintain the integrity of the supply, they buy the smaller containers so that they do not have to keep it too long after opening.
One popular brand of dehydrated cheese is Provident Pantry. A 66-ounce can of this brand’s cheese blend contains approximately 144 servings at four teaspoons per serving. This means value for money as you can buy in bulk without having to worry about spoilage. Other advantages include:
In this form, there are many uses for dehydrated cheese such as in casseroles, with popcorn and in a variety of sauces, and of course, mac and cheese. It can add flavor to dishes that use cheese as one of the ingredients. For best results, it is important to thoroughly mix cheese powder to get it completely smooth, otherwise, you will end up with lumps in your food. Mixing the cheese with water or other fluid serves to make it easier to use.
People already use powdered cheese that comes with some brands of mac and cheese and scalloped potatoes. When you store foods, adding dried dairy products helps to make it possible to have food you and your family love all the time. You can also have fun experimenting with this product to see how to use it to enhance the taste and look of everyday vegetables and other foods. While most people buy this dairy product, you can even make your own using a dehydrator or oven.
Coming in various sizes, dehydrated cheese is easy to store and will keep for a long period under the right conditions. This is part of what makes it ideal for food stockpiling. Many varieties can undergo the drying process, so if you love cheddar, white cheddar and mozzarella, you can find these in the dehydrated form.
Even cottage cheese can be dried and stored. Since you can never know when something may happen that makes it hard to buy cheese, there is no better time to start storing up a supply than now. This product comes in small one-pound packets as well as in larger quantities making it easy to find storage space for it. The smaller packets also help reduce the risk of spoilage after opening as you can use them at one go.