Posts tagged ‘goldfish’

July 31, 2018

Eating Her Curds and Whey

spiderSpiders may not be the current danger for Little Miss Muffet when she eats her curds and whey. Last week, several snack cracker recalls centered around possible salmonella contamination of the ingredient whey. If you’re familiar with the nursery rhyme, you probably instinctively associate whey with milk or milk products, but what exactly is it?

Whey is the liquid that remains after you strain curdled milk. In food manufacturing, it is a byproduct of making cheese. Cheddar and Swiss cheeses leave sweet whey and cottage cheese and yogurt leave acid or sour whey.

When cheese was made at home, the remaining whey could be substituted for milk in baking. Even now, I sometimes use the liquid from yogurt in baked goods. Whey was also consumed as a beverage with honey and alcohol.

In US commercial food manufacturing, whey was a waste product dumped into rivers until the US government prohibited such dumping. Faced with a disposal problem, manufacturers began to look for other ways to use it. They first developed a filler for ice cream.

hawaiianWhey’s use as a filler in convenience foods grew from there. It is now found in products that may or may not have inhabited my snack bin – things like King’s Hawaiian Bread, Cheetos, Ritz Sandwich Crackers, Goldfish Crackers, Nature Valley Protein Bars, Luna Protein Bars, Oatmega Protein Bars, Swiss Rolls, and Similac Pro-Advance Infant Formula. Whey has also become a nutritional supplement popular with bodybuilders because of its leucine content.

The primary components of whey are water, lactose, protein, fat, and amino acids. The proteins include beta-lactoglobulin, alpha-lactalbumin, bovine serum albumin, lactoferrin, and immunoglobulins.

Three types of whey protein are produced in the food industry – Whey Protein Concentrate, Whey Protein Isolate, and Hydrolyzed Whey Protein. In theory, whey protein isolate can be safely consumed if you have lactose intolerance, but other forms of whey protein may cause symptoms.

Like most milk in the grocery store, the whey contained in convenience foods is typically pasteurized to make it less likely to harbor bacteria and safer to consume. Unfortunately, as we have recently seen, it can still become contaminated during manufacturing or packaging.

It’s no secret that I prefer fresh food prepared at home. I think it tastes better, and I feel better knowing what’s in the food. Of course that doesn’t mean that all my food will be free from a risk of salmonella, listeria, E. coli, or other contaminants.

And real life means that I sometimes reach for convenience foods. Of course, I read the labels. I have to make sure they’re free of gluten and shrimp. Right now, I’m making sure they’re free of whey.

https://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls/

http://wheyproteininstitute.org/facts/howwheyismade/wheyproteincomponents

http://www.liquidirish.com/2012/05/whey-alcohol.html

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/whey-protein-101#what-is-it

https://www.ampi.com/home/page/130

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January 11, 2016

Gluten-Free Bowl Mix

bowl mixYou may think Gluten-Free Bowl Mix is so named because it’s made in a bowl or served in a bowl. I guess that COULD be true, but we call it that because we like to crunch on big old handfuls while watching football during the holidays. Of course, that means we’re watching lots of bowl games – you get the picture!
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It’s easy to find the mix ingredients now that mainstream food companies are making gluten-free cereal and most boxes are clearly marked. Be sure to check the Cheerios box to make sure you see the gluten-free stamp. I saw some boxes in a dollar store the other day that were not gluten-free.

My sister recently introduced us to Certified Gluten-Free baked Goldfish Mega Cheese Puffs. Now I like to include them in the mix for an occasional cheesy bite. You can add even more than I’ve included in the recipe; just make sure to add them at the end after everything has cooled off.
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Here’s the recipe I used for tonight’s College Football Playoff National Championship game:

Gluten-Free Bowl Mix

6 tbsp butter
4 cups Corn Chex cereal
3 cups Rice Chex cereal
2 cups gluten-free Cheerios
1 1/4 cups mixed nuts
1 1/4 cups small gluten-free pretzel twists
2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 tsp seasoned salt
3/4 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1 cup gluten-free Goldfish Mega Cheese Puffs

Preheat oven to 250º.

Place butter in a large roasting pan and put in oven until melted. While butter is melting, mix cereals, nuts, and pretzels together in large bowl. Remove butter from oven and stir in Worcestershire sauce, seasoned salt, garlic powder and onion powder. Pour cereal mixture into roasting pan and stir until all pieces are coated in the butter and seasoning.

Bake at 250º for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. If you like a few burned edges, after 45 minutes of baking, increase the temperature to 350º and reduce the cooking time by 5 minutes. Once the mix has baked, remove it from oven and place on paper towels to drain and cool. Once completely cool, stir in Goldfish and place in an airtight container until time for the game.

We’re carrying our Bowl Mix to a friend’s house to watch the game and enjoy sausage balls, vegetables and hummus, and personality Snickers. That’s what we call food, football and fun! I hope you have some fun planned as well.
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Roll Tide! (That’s for my daughter-in-law.)

Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”