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Dicentra OPW
(dicentra) - F

Locale: PNW
I know it's not Tater Tuesday, but... on 09/05/2008 09:58:24 MDT Print View

Chili Cheese Mashed Potatoes
Serves 1

This would also be good in a wrap with some black beans and salsa.

1/2 cup butter flavor instant mashed potatoes
1 teaspoon chili powder
2 tablespoons cheese powder

At home: combine all of the ingredients in a zip locking plastic bag.

In camp: add about 1 cup of hot water. Stir well and enjoy.

Laurie Ann March
(Laurie_Ann) - F

Locale: Ontario, Canada
cheese powder on 09/05/2008 12:14:38 MDT Print View

There was some discussion earlier about not being able to find cheese powder so I have an idea.

If you were to use a cheese flavored instant mashed potato mix then you might be able to get away without having the cheese powder.

Edited by Laurie_Ann on 09/05/2008 12:15:11 MDT.

Rick Dreher
(halfturbo) - MLife

Locale: Northernish California
Re: cheese powder on 09/05/2008 12:23:51 MDT Print View

How about adding actual...cheese? :-)

There are many varieties that travel well and keep indefinitely, and when chunked and mixed in give mashers a nice chewy consistency instead of nothin' but goo.

Laurie Ann March
(Laurie_Ann) - F

Locale: Ontario, Canada
the campaign for real cheese on 09/05/2008 12:36:15 MDT Print View

Some people want it really lightweight. I'd probably end up taking real cheese too. That said, there are circumstances where real cheese isn't feasible (food mailings for example).

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: the campaign for real cheese on 09/05/2008 15:30:41 MDT Print View

Nah, just get Laughing Cow cheese in the large wheels (there are 8 wedges inside). It is what I often call for in my meals. The stuff is shelf stable as well and is real.

As for cheese sauce powder? Good stuff. You can though use freeze dried or shelf stable Parmesan instead. Both are easily found.

So yes, you can do mail drops with real cheese.

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: the campaign for real cheese on 09/05/2008 15:58:03 MDT Print View

> there are circumstances where real cheese isn't feasible (food mailings for example)
Not true - at least here in Australia. We can get sealed packets of cheese and the wax-sealed Baby Bells, which will keep quite well. We can also get tinned butter which keeps for years.
I suspect that hard cheeses like parmesan would also keep if sealed up.
Now finding a real Camembert which will keep for years ... that's HARD! But I have seen tinned ones which will keep for a while: exclude air and the maturation process stalls.

Cheers

Christopher Holden
(back2basics) - F - MLife

Locale: Southeast USA
Re: the campaign for real cheese on 09/05/2008 16:13:48 MDT Print View

Roger,
There are tinned cheeses made by Bega or Red Feather. Survivalists buy them for long term food storage lasting many years. "scryos35" on the US Ebay sells in bulk. I think he gets them from Australia. I've bought a few other things from him with good results, but never tried the cheese.
Chris

Edited by back2basics on 09/05/2008 16:16:08 MDT.

Laurie Ann March
(Laurie_Ann) - F

Locale: Ontario, Canada
Re: Re: the campaign for real cheese on 09/05/2008 17:31:54 MDT Print View

I meant feasibility from a weight/space perspective (cost of food mailings for thru-hikers and pack weight space). My fault for not being more specific.

As far as cheese goes you can also wax your own and certain types can be dried/rehydrated easily. So long term storage isn't a big deal.

Edited by Laurie_Ann on 09/05/2008 17:32:43 MDT.

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: Re: Re: the campaign for real cheese on 09/05/2008 19:21:56 MDT Print View

Many thru-hikers who use bounce boxes/mailings use the Flat Rate boxes. They are way cheap for the weight you can cram in them.

But even then....from talking to a number of long distance hikers mail drops are falling out of favor (especially on the AT) - often the towns are getting better for choices.

Having said that I carry real cheese often. Worst is it gets mold on the outside. Trim it off and keep munching.

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: Re: the campaign for real cheese on 09/06/2008 02:55:20 MDT Print View

> There are tinned cheeses made by Bega or Red Feather.
Bega is an Australian brand.
So is Red Feather, although I am not sure whether they make cheese or butter - or both.
Kraft also make a tinned cheese - supposed to last forever.

Cheers

Edited by rcaffin on 09/06/2008 03:47:49 MDT.

Dicentra OPW
(dicentra) - F

Locale: PNW
dare I say it? on 09/06/2008 08:00:03 MDT Print View

Velveta.

Yeah. That's right. I said it.


(for the record I don't really consider that *real* cheese)

King Arthur Flour carries Vermont Cheddar powder
http://www.kingarthurflour.com/shop/detail.jsp?select=C78&byCategory=C292&id=1223

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: Kraft Tinned Cheese on 09/06/2008 08:23:07 MDT Print View

Heh! That stuff is soooo cool and gross at the same time ;-)

Laurie Ann March
(Laurie_Ann) - F

Locale: Ontario, Canada
Re: dare I say it? on 09/06/2008 09:38:44 MDT Print View

I'll never forget my managing editor saying "that [Velveeta] is not fit for human consumption". A little harsh but one has to wonder about "cheese" with such a long shelf life.

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: dare I say it? on 09/06/2008 18:14:01 MDT Print View

The ironic thing about Velveeta is that it is low in cholesterol. Its first ingredient is milk as well.

Ingredients: MILK, WATER, MILKFAT, WHEY, WHEY PROTEIN CONCENTRATE, SODIUM PHOSPHATE, MILK PROTEIN CONCENTRATE, ALGINATE, SODIUM CITRATE, APOCAROTENAL (COLOR), ANNATTO (COLOR), ENZYMES, CHEESE CULTURE.

Not too bad actually! That and nothin' melts like it. Makes me want to get a brick and make some dip. ;-)

Laurie Ann March
(Laurie_Ann) - F

Locale: Ontario, Canada
melting pot.... on 09/07/2008 06:38:19 MDT Print View

It does melt beautifully. We make a dip with it on more basecamp type trips. We take equal parts Velveeta and salsa and melt it carefully. Served with tortilla chips it is a real hit.

Wesley Witt
(weswitt)

Locale: Northwest
Re: cheese powder on 09/10/2008 09:33:21 MDT Print View

Why not use some cheese powder from a box of Kraft Mac'n Cheese? I've never tried it, but it is cheap and would probably taste good.