As many of you know, we’re taking baby steps toward living a more clean eating lifestyle. After all, clean eating is one of those changes that if you jump completely 100 percent into before you’re ready, you run the risk of being completely burnt out, fed up, and will ultimately just go back to your old ways. This is one lifestyle change I don’t want to get burned out on so we’re continuing to implement more things as we go along.
If you’re like me and had no clue (up until a couple months ago), then this may rock your world. Shredded cheese is covered in something the industry calls cellulose to keep it from clumping together. Have you ever noticed that white powdery stuff on your shredded cheese? Yeah. It’s not cheese dust. Cellulose is commonly made from WOOD PULP.
Now whether it’s harmful or beneficial or what have you– that’s not the point. The point of clean eating is to…you know…eat foods in their whole form. Last I checked, wood pulp is not an actual part of cheese. Cellulose is just another additive thrown into our food in a very additive-filled world.
But alas, I’ve been dragging my feet on making this change in my house because 1) I love cheese and 2) I hate grating it.
Well, that’s until I discovered a cool feature on my birthday present the Hubs got me. I had been dying for a really greatfood processor, and when the Hubs got me the 14-Cup Oster version, all my expectations have been blown out of the water.
This food processor has a grating plate, and depending on the speed you choose, you can either have shredded cheese or almost powdery like cheese in SECONDS.
I tried this out last night when I made my second attempt at cauliflower pizza (I’m working on perfecting a recipe for it and am almost there! Blog to come!). The cheese was perfect for melting and I think it even tasted better. Last time I made this same pizza, the pre-shredded cheese seemed chewy on the pizza. This time? Just glorious, melty, gooey cheese.
I think everyone should have a food processor, naturally (I mean, it totally opens up a new world of what you’re able to do culinary-wise), but now I’m here to tell you to make sure if you are in the market for a new food processor, get one with a grater plate. It’ll change your world.
So why should you grate your own cheese?
1) Avoid unnecessary additives
2) It’s cheaper to buy blocks of cheese instead of pre-shredded
3) It tastes way better
Sure, you don’t need a food processor to make this step in your life. But boy, it sure does make it easier to implement. My life is now changed at the click of a button and I will no longer buy shredded cheese ever again.