Before I became gluten free thanks to my Celiac diagnosis in April 2012, I would buy and use bagged shredded cheese. It wasn’t until I became gluten free that I started reading, and even scrutinizing labels and ingredient lists.
That’s when I discovered that all the bagged cheese was filled with unrecognizable ingredients. I didn’t know what half of the ingredients were. Could there be hidden gluten sources? Or even worse, am I feeding my family chemicals.
That ah-ha moment in my life lead me to shred my own cheese. I NEVER buy bagged cheese anymore – and besides avoiding chemicals, here’s what I’ve learned from the process:
Shredded Cheese Tastes Better when you shred it yourself. Without all the added preservatives and chemicals, you can taste the cheese, real cheese. Wow, what a concept.
I Save Money by grating my own cheese too. A block of cheddar cheese as Costco costs way less than a bag of store-bought cheese – perhaps you have to pay extra for the convenience of having someone else doing the shredding for you – and for the extra chemical ingredients added to the mix!
Next time you reach for the convenience of bagged shredded cheese, think twice. An extra few minutes spent shredding it yourself will boost your tastebud, save you money, and protect you from hidden gluten and unnecessary chemicals. (BTW, the role of cheese shredder in our family is played by my husband – so I rarely shred it myself!).