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Kat Smith
July 2nd, 2016, 12:18 AM
Was watching Dr. Oz the other day and he did a segment on Parmesan Cheese powder. It was unbelievable, some of the powdered stuff has as little as 30% actual Parmesan cheese in it and what's even worse if you look on the label you will see Cellulose powder listed. In layman's terms that is wood pulp. I was checking all the brands of powdered Parm. at my grocery store last evening and I'm sure I found some with 0% parm in it and lots of cellulose. Even though it is more expensive I think buying a small chunk of hard Parmesan and grating it yourself would be worth the money and the taste would be so much better you probably wouldn't need as much.
Did everyone else know this already, am I the last to this party?

Midge
July 2nd, 2016, 12:23 AM
I doubt you are last to the party but I can't remember where I learned about the ripoff. I buy Parm in wedges and use a table side grinder, or if I need a lot a box grater. Why pay good money for faux food?

grammaterry
July 2nd, 2016, 12:28 AM
yep its pretty disgusting. most pre grated cheese has potato starch added too

SallyO'Sews
July 2nd, 2016, 01:05 AM
I always read the label. If it doesn't say 100% cheese, I don't buy it.
Don't even get me started about what's in "Fat Free Half and Half"... :icon_mooooh:

bubba
July 2nd, 2016, 01:37 AM
You can keep the chunk of parmesan in the freezer and bring it out when needed. It's easier to grate when good and cold!

Hulamoon
July 2nd, 2016, 01:39 AM
I didn't watch that one, but the same story was on America's Test kitchen. It made me sad to hear how the food industry pulls this kind of crap. Parm is expensive, but I always buy the best on this one.

jjkaiser
July 2nd, 2016, 02:26 AM
Yeah it was all over the news about a month or two ago. I hate parm cheese good thing I guess. I also cannot stand Dr. Oz!!! He always seems so conceited and like Look! I am a Celebrity! And he acts like he is way better than everybody.

quiltsRfun
July 2nd, 2016, 02:34 AM
Yeah it was all over the news about a month or two ago. I hate parm cheese good thing I guess. I also cannot stand Dr. Oz!!!

Not a Dr. Oz fan either but he does have quite a following. Oh, and to keep on topic, I didn't see the story but I buy my parm in chunks and grate as needed. We should all start reading labels more closely so we know exactly what we're eating.

Hulamoon
July 2nd, 2016, 02:40 AM
Yeah it was all over the news about a month or two ago. I hate parm cheese good thing I guess. I also cannot stand Dr. Oz!!! He always seems so conceited and like Look! I am a Celebrity! And he acts like he is way better than everybody.

Funny you mention that. I don't watch him very often, only when I want to hear about a certain subject, like today was about turkey burgers. I absolutely hate when he takes a women's hand and leads them like they are little girls. It's so condescending. I want to throw something at the tv.

jjkaiser
July 2nd, 2016, 02:43 AM
Funny you mention that. I don't watch him very often, only when I want to hear about a certain subject, like today was about turkey burgers. I absolutely hate when he takes a women's hand and leads them like they are little girls. It's so condescending. I want to throw something at the tv.

Thanks. I was a little worried I would offend Dr. Oz fans out there!

bubba
July 2nd, 2016, 02:45 AM
Yeah it was all over the news about a month or two ago. I hate parm cheese good thing I guess. I also cannot stand Dr. Oz!!! He always seems so conceited and like Look! I am a Celebrity! And he acts like he is way better than everybody.

This is the same way I feel about his daughter, Daphne, as well. She seems like a big phoney to me. I don't think she is trained as a chef, yet she is on a show with famous chefs and it appears she doesn't really know what she is doing.

MayinJerset
July 2nd, 2016, 09:12 AM
Never bought a can of that cheese, my Italain ancestors would be rolling over in their graves. I like peccorona romano that i get at local Italian deli, either pregrated or in a chunk to grate as needed.

Food shopping is a major investigation chore nowadays and you need a big magnifying glass to see that teeny tiny print on labels.

Carlie Wolf
July 2nd, 2016, 09:23 AM
I wonder nowadays how many of the foods we eat are actually foods and not fillers, chemicals or God knows what.

Patsquilting
July 2nd, 2016, 09:34 AM
I, too, heard about this on a news segment a couple months ago. I usually will buy the parm cheese already grated - next to the chunks.

rebeccas-sewing
July 2nd, 2016, 12:55 PM
Somewhere along the line it was said that the healthiest shopping choices are made around the perimeter of the store - fresh produce, meats, fish, dairy, etc. The advice was to purchase as little food products as possible from the aisles. If you do purchase from the aisles reading labels is a smart choice.

Deegles
July 2nd, 2016, 03:14 PM
I had already found that out. A cheaper alternative to parmesan cheese is peccorino remmano. I did not spell this right and do not have any to give you the right name, but if you are at a supermarket that sells many different varieties of cheese, you should be able to ask for a sub of parmesan cheese and you will get the cheese with the right spelling.

Midge
July 2nd, 2016, 05:51 PM
Yes Pecorino Romano can often be used interchangeably with Parmesano Reggiano, but it's not always the best choice. It's nice to have a cheaper substitute at times. I like the Pecorino Romano when I make pesto or other highly spiced dishes. The sweeter Parmesan works better for me with butter or cream based sauces or pasta carbonara.

By the way, speaking again of truth in labeling, Pecorino Romano, the real stuff, is made from sheep's milk. However, in the US read your labels because what is sold as Romano is made from cow's milk like the real Parmesan is. I've been fooled in the supermarket and learned this the hard way when the Pecorino didn't taste right to me. Also, Pecorino is pretty salty, so that might be a concern for some people with dietary restrictions. I enjoy making a trip to a real Italian grocery to get my cheeses so I know what I am buying. When you don't eat meat, suddenly cheese becomes pretty important!

Hulamoon
July 2nd, 2016, 06:07 PM
When you don't eat meat, suddenly cheese becomes pretty important!
Ain't that the truth. I tried giving some up, but it's too hard. lol I looked for Parmesano Reggiano, but still haven't come across it. Speaking of substitutes, I was at my stepdd's for something and she wanted to make pesto. She asked my dd to go to the store for some pinenuts. I told her to just use some walnuts. Pinenuts are soooo expensive!! It came out great.

Midge
July 2nd, 2016, 06:19 PM
LOL Lorie, I substitute walnuts for those pricy pine nuts in pesto all the time! For a change sometimes I also mix in a couple of scoops of ricotta when I make the pesto. It's different and a real treat! Sorry to hear real Parmesano Reggiano is hard to come by on your island. Guess I am spoiled with several sources for imported Italian groceries.

MaggieSue
July 2nd, 2016, 07:08 PM
OMG!!! I am the last to the party check pulled my grated Sharp Cheddar out of the frig, it also contains cellulose powder among other things gonna get a chunk to grate after this!!!! YIKES!!!!

Hulamoon
July 2nd, 2016, 08:01 PM
LOL Lorie, I substitute walnuts for those pricy pine nuts in pesto all the time! For a change sometimes I also mix in a couple of scoops of ricotta when I make the pesto. It's different and a real treat! Sorry to hear real Parmesano Reggiano is hard to come by on your island. Guess I am spoiled with several sources for imported Italian groceries.
That sounds good.I have ricotta on my list right now. I want to make some lasagna roll ups. A little lighter than the pan version.


OMG!!! I am the last to the party check pulled my grated Sharp Cheddar out of the frig, it also contains cellulose powder among other things gonna get a chunk to grate after this!!!! YIKES!!!!
They add that stuff so the cheese doesn't stick together in the bag. Put your block in the freezer for a bit and it will be easier to grate. Also hard cheeses like cheddar can be put in the freezer. Don't put cream cheese. I tried that already. Yuck lol

Iris Girl
July 2nd, 2016, 08:15 PM
This is the reason I get the hex sign from family if I even glance sideways at a pre shredded bag of cheese. My son is the house cheese grater

DeniseSm
July 2nd, 2016, 09:06 PM
We switched from Parmesan to Asiago cheese three years ago. It not only tastes delicious, it smalls delicious. A little goes a long way and it keeps very well in the refrigerator. If you have an Aldi grocery store check them out. Low prices and high quality (although the selection is limited.)

shirleyknot
July 2nd, 2016, 11:25 PM
Don't freeze cottage cheese or sour cream either!

Snip Snip
July 3rd, 2016, 11:19 AM
I wouldn't really have a problem eating a filler if I know what it is, but lots of time the fillers are cotton seed or wood pulp that are not grown for human consumption. What kinds of herbicides and insecticides are used on that plant before it is put in the food? I wonder if anyone checks for that in the industry.
The US has some pretty lax rules as far as what can be called GRAS. In Britain, the rules are much more strict. Take Kraft Mac and Cheese. The US version is recently "Now without artificial dyes and flavors!" Woopee, in England it has always been that way. Manufacturers in the US just take advantage of the comfortable arrangement between the 'powers that be' in Washington, and lobbyists in the food industry. They only change when public opinion forces them.
Oops, don't get me started......

vbarb1014
July 3rd, 2016, 03:16 PM
the powder is there so it doesnt stick together, its also on packaged salads for the same reason. people that have celiac disease really have to watch out for it.

jjkaiser
July 3rd, 2016, 04:15 PM
What ever happened to the truth in labeling law? Why can't food companies just be honest about everything in the pkg and let us decide!!!!##!

alliek
July 3rd, 2016, 09:59 PM
Wow, did not know about the Parm, THANKS! I really dislike to food shop, now I think I have to take a chair with me and read every label of the food I put in the cart. I try to purchase anti biotic free and hormone free foods, Now I have to worry about "sawdust " in my food. Good Grief.

WendyI
July 5th, 2016, 10:51 AM
I did not know this but I stopped using the "fake" stuff a long time ago. I LOVE fresh grated paremsan and asiago cheeses! Asiago does not last as long as parm so I don't use it quite as often. I usually spend the 20 bucks or so to get a large brick which lasts me quite a while.

I am constantly infuriated at the garbage that goes into and onto our food. And then we wonder why the rates of cancer are so high. There is no honesty or integrity in food labeling anymore and you are totally at their mercy. Even when you THINK you know what you're getting, you often don't because it's hidden in language that makes no sense. All designed to deceive. I think all food should be grown, manufactured and regulated by government bodies made up of citizens in a not-for-profit way....Owned by the people. What an idealist eh? LOL!

shirleyknot
July 6th, 2016, 08:46 AM
That's called socialism, and people shiver at that thought.....

mpattylou
July 7th, 2016, 01:49 AM
Yes....and socialism is working so well in Venezula. We wouldn't be worried about cellulose in our cheese if we were living there right now. Certainly we need to read labels. If you see ingredients you don't want in your foods, just don't buy them. Most of my cooking is "from scratch". Convenience foods are full of salt and fat...which is the main reason I don't buy them. In 30 minutes I can have a "from scratch" meal fixed...meat, potatoes, vegetable, & salad. It really isn't that hard and tastes a lot better than the prepackaged frozen meals. But it does take some effort to do it.

WendyI
July 7th, 2016, 11:48 AM
Yes....and socialism is working so well in Venezula. We wouldn't be worried about cellulose in our cheese if we were living there right now. Certainly we need to read labels. If you see ingredients you don't want in your foods, just don't buy them. Most of my cooking is "from scratch". Convenience foods are full of salt and fat...which is the main reason I don't buy them. In 30 minutes I can have a "from scratch" meal fixed...meat, potatoes, vegetable, & salad. It really isn't that hard and tastes a lot better than the prepackaged frozen meals. But it does take some effort to do it.

I would sure love some recipes! I struggle with cooking meat! I can cook a mean steak but who can afford that regularly! LOL!

Carlie Wolf
July 7th, 2016, 12:03 PM
The meats at the stores are expensive and doesn't taste all that good. A lot is prefrozen (no they don't tell you that and then you get home and refreeze it). Last year I purchased a side of angus beef and to purchase that plus butchering and packaging it cost me a little under $800. I still have some left and it not only tastes better I also know where it comes from (plus organic). I get a lot of very good cuts that way and it's way cheaper than what I'd pay in the supermarket. Yeah it bites initially but it's cheaper and better in the end.
I purchased a lamb and waiting for that to go to the butcher now. I paid $200 for the lamb and then I'll be paying another $100 for the butcher and packing. It's well worth it to me. I've always LOVED lamb. Back in the 80's I raised my own lamb and also raised a veal calf once a year. Oh I miss those days!

kensington
July 8th, 2016, 01:57 AM
We have the Meat Locker up the road from us. You can buy a half or whole side of beef. They will butcher and package it for you. We'd much rather go there and buy meat than the big box grocery stores all over.