Saturday, February 23, 2013

Freeze Dried Cheese?

Who doesn't love cheese?  I know there are people out there that don't, but I haven't met any of them.  Ooey gooey melty goodness that warms my heart and makes me smile.  Yep, I loooove cheese and my hips will attest to it.

 Cheese Variety 6-Pack
First things first, if you have purchased Thrive Freeze Dried Cheese, do not look at the rehydrating instructions on the can.  No, no, no.  Simply follow the instructions below or you will end up with a glopy goopy mess o’ cheese.  Yes, I have made a glopy goopy mess o’ cheese, it still tasted wonderful because it was cheese, but not what I was hoping for.
How to Rehydrate Freeze Dried Cheese:

  • Decide how much cheese you need to rehydrate. 
    • 1 Cup Freeze Dried Cheese =1 Cup rehydrated Cheese.
  • Place cheese in a bowl.
  • While stirring cheese, slowly drizzle warm water over until it won’t accept anymore. 
  • Keep adding water until the cheese is coated with water until moist, not soggy.
  • If the water starts to puddle on the bottom of the bowl stop! You have added too much.
  • Don’t stress out if you add too much water simply pour the excess water off.
  • After the cheese is moist, store in an air tight container, like a zip lock bag, then refrigerate it for 1 hour or overnight.   (If you are in a hurry you can use your cheese as soon as it is reconstituted, but it melts better upon sitting.)

  Rehydrated cheese will last up to 8 days in the fridge.




This is a wonderful recipe for Spinach Broccoli cheese dip from Chef Leonard at Shelf Reliance.
Try this cheesy goodness at your next party!

Prep Time – 20 minutes        Yield – 12 servings



Reconstitute vegetables together in a bowl and remove any excess water. In an electric mixer, whip the cream cheese for 2–3 minutes. Add all ingredients and blend together. Serve immediately or warm in an oven-safe baking dish first.

Serving Ideas: Serve with grilled pita bread, chips, or crackers!

Still unsure on how to reconstitute cheese?
Click the link below to watch Chef Todd Leonard in action.