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AlpineRose
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PostFri Jul 14, 2017 7:15 pm 
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Pthalates found in powdered mac-and-cheese mixes

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Phthalates have been found in macaroni and cheese mixes made with powdered cheese. The chemical migrates into food from packaging and equipment used in manufacturing and may pose special risks to pregnant women and young children.
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PostFri Jul 14, 2017 8:05 pm 
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cooked noodles

a big glob of butter
a little flour
milk
grated cheese

melt butter in pan. throw in a little flour and stir stir stir stir quickly to make a roux. (you can add salt and pepper at this point.) pour in a little milk and stir stir stir stir over medium heat until it starts to thicken. don't let it boil! it will scorch and your sauce will separate. stir constantly.
when it begins to thicken, add the grated cheese and stir stir stir stir quickly so all the cheese melts and you get a thick creamy cheese sauce. dump the noodles in and stir gently to coat all the noodles with your yummy cheese sauce. remove pan from heat so it doesn't scorch.
takes about 5 or 10 minutes, depending upon how much you're making and how fast you are.

basic cheese sauce is a no-brainer. friends don't let friends eat boxed mac & cheese.

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PostFri Jul 14, 2017 8:35 pm 
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Backpacking food is different from regular food. While backing calories are good nutrients meh unless you are on arctic expedition. Chances of developing pellagra, scurvy, or beriberi are nil. Chances of exhaustion are high. Instant white rice cooks in a cozy with boiling water brown rice requires a pot. If you really need nutrients pop a pill. Manna on the JMT was nagging an envelope of Mac and cheese at Muir Trail Ranch hiker bins. hungry.gif

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PostFri Jul 14, 2017 9:26 pm 
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Digging into an article on the subject in Consumerist

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Average phthalate levels were more than four times higher in macaroni and cheese powder samples than in hard blocks and other natural cheese, in fat of products tested.

So the cheese powder in the little packet picks up more than a block of cheese you grate yourself ...

But it makes me wonder -- what is the absolute level ?
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PostThu Jul 20, 2017 11:00 am 
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I will always hold a special place in my heart for that delicious powdered cheese mix. I think it's worth it.

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