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So what prompted me to attempt making raw cheese puffs? One evening as I was scrolling through “Google land” I spied an image of a young man who took a picture of himself after he had stuffed as many cheese puffs into his mouth as possible. It sort of gave me nightmares, but I still peeked at the photo through the slits of my fingers that hid my eyes. lol But then I got to thinking… and NO I am not going to see how many raw cheese puffs I can fit into my mouth and take a picture! I do have limits. haha
These are not your typical neon orange puffs of air. If you are not sure what I am even talking about, quickly look here. How do they make these things commercially? Basically, they take corn meal, mix it with water and extrude it. To create a cheeto (curl), they extrude it as a rod and cut it every inch or two. For the cheese balls, it is extruded and then cut it in ball shapes. Then they are fried in oil and covered with a cheesy powder.
The ingredients that make up these cheesy snacks are; Enriched Corn Meal (Corn Meal, Ferrous Sulfate, Niacin, Thiamin Monoitrate, Riboflavin, and Frolic Acid), Vegetable Oil (Contains one or more of the following: corn, soybean, or sunflower oil), Whey, Salt, Cheddar Cheese, (Cultured Milk, Salt, Enzymes). Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Maltodextrin, Disodium Phosphate, Sour Cream (Cultured Cream, Nonfat Milk), Artificial Flavor, Monosodium Glutmate, Lactic Acid, Artificial Colors (Including Yellow 6), and Citric Acid. Contains Milk Ingredients.
Why do I go into so much detail about what goes into the store bought snacks? Well, basically because it astounds me as to what I USED to eat. I once experienced the guilty “pleasure” of inhaling these chemically filled puffs of air, numerous times. Thank goodness I can’t recall the last time. :)
Many times I share with you the benefits of the ingredients used in my recipes and how lucky we are that we can FILL our bodies with such goodness. But sometimes, I like for us to realize just how lucky we are in what we DON’T put in our bodies. My raw take on these cheese puffs are denser than the store bought ones, but they do have a crunchy, light texture and let’s not forget that yummy cheese flavor.
Cheese Puff Craft Project to do while they are dehydrating!
Do you like my little jars? I spotted them on Pinterest and I will darned if I can’t
find the original link. I went to our local Dollar Store and purchased a pack of
small bowls. They come with 5 bundled together for a buck. I then found some
drawer knobs at the craft store and glued them on to the bottom of the bowl. I used
Gorilla Glue which is awesome but be sure to read the directions on the bottle and
follow them. Once dried, I placed the bowl (now lid) onto a wide mouthed mason
jar. They don’t seal out the air but they are perfect for all sorts of things. Being
a jar lover, this was right up my alley.