Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Easy Cheesy

I am a big fan of cheese. Because of this, I'm positive I could not survive as a vegan. I am also pretty sure that Cheese in a Can absolutely should NOT be considered cheese.

I have some great friends who bring amazing dishes to the random parties and potluck-style get-togethers at our house. Last Sunday was no exception.

Never one to disappoint, Jeffrey showed up with an entire box of cheese crackers and not one, but TWO cans of Easy Cheesy. I remember it best from grade school lunches. Some kid - usually the one that had chips, cookies AND Sour Patch Kids in his lunch box - would whip out cheese-in-a-can and proceed to flaunt it around, while I ate my apple and healthy sandwich with sprouts and fake meat on it.

Amazingly, now that I pack my own lunches and eat what I want, Easy Cheesy completely freaks me out!

I must say the decorative way it can be placed on crackers is nice. As is the un-naturally orange color - although I believe it might look better on a flower. Or the sun.

I checked out the ingredients to see if cheese is even present:

Ingredients: MILK, WATER, WHEY PROTEIN CONCENTRATE, WHEY, CANOLA OIL, MILK PROTEIN CONCENTRATE, CONTAINS LESS THAN 2% OF SALT, SODIUM CITRATE, SODIUM PHOSPHATE, CALCIUM PHOSPHATE, LACTIC ACID, SORBIC ACID AS A PRESERVATIVE, SODIUM ALGINATE, APOCAROTENAL (COLOR), ANNATTO (COLOR), CHEESE CULTURE, ENZYMES.

And low and behold - second from last ingredient - it is! In culture form no less. YUMMY!

I understand what the first few ingredients are. Then there is some stuff I'm not so sure of.

And then . . . LACTIC ACID?!! Isn't that what my body produces as my legs begin to fatigue in a race? Why would I want to eat this?! Upon further research - lactic acid is primarily found in sour milk products. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm, tasty!

Wiki describes SODIUM ALGINATE: "its form is a gum, when extracted from the cell walls of brown algae. . . " Seriously?! I did not read further.

I have absolutely no problem with anyone who loves Easy Cheesy, just as I have no problem with anyone who loves to eat meat. But please don't try to make me eat it! I should mention that at our party, Jeffrey's Easy Cheesy cracker platter disappeared faster than my home-made pizza!

13 comments:

t-odd said...

At least your friends have the superior breeding and good sense to serve this delicacy on a cracker and from a plate (although presentation needs some work) rather than just walkin' around shootin' Easy Cheese into people's open mouths. (Unless that happens four beers after these pictures were taken.)

cat. said...

i just threw up in my mouth.

D said...

What Cat said. (and I think she's stealing my lines)

ADC said...

That list of ingredients would put you off anything. Also what Cat and D said :-)

Kathleen @ ForgingAhead said...

My friends were thinking of having a party with all those "foods not found in nature" - but then we decided we wouldn't really eat them.

Maggs said...

When I lived in Japan my Japanese friends would beg me to buy Cheeze in a can from the commissary for them. They loved the stuff. I used to like it as a kid, but now, I can't believe it's still around.

Jeffrey said...

There's nothing lamer than someone who doesn't like easy cheese, and nothing more heroic than someone who brings it to a party. But yeah, watch it, it can be addicting.

Hooterville Mayor said...

Not all of us have the willpower, nor even sometimes the desire, to eat only healthful type foods. I admire those that do/have. That being said, if PBandJ sammiches ever get on some gubmint "NotHealthy" list, I will start a revolution!!!!

Roo said...

I heard that your dad ate a whole plate of those lovely appetizers all by himself. Guess it doesn't run in the family.

The can said that it is an excellent source of calcium, by the way.

Marit Chrislock-Lauterbach said...

Um, yeah. Somehow I don't think that would go over all that well with my stomach. BUT, I would be the first to try your home made pizza! Yum!

GoBigGreen said...

IT is like Frosting but instead of HFCS it has some salt variation.Ok that may make me not like frosting anymore but.IT looks a bit like Silly String..that stuff was awesome, or am i dating myself?
If you ever read Mark's Daily Apple Blog he has this picture of, well. maybe you should go look. It looks like cheez whiz but is chicken..OOOOOHEEEICK.

Ordinarylife said...

That is just so wrong... It is the first time I have heard of it - thankfully!

rocketpants said...

ewwwww...that 'cheese' product has always just scared me.