Well, it’s been quite awhile since I posted an actual Thrive cookbook recipe challenge, so I thought it was time to get back into the test kitchen (which is actually my home kitchen, just with pictures & commentary).
For our upcoming HCS Co-op meeting (& my dinner), I decided to try out the Macaroni & Cheese recipe. When I began this recipe, I fully expected that the final product would be somewhat close to boxed macaroni & cheese (we all know the brand I had in mind).
It started simple enough, I mean, this was not a hard recipe. The only difference between boxed Mac & Cheese and this recipe was that I had to measure out my ingredients. It called for 3 cups of Thrive Macaroni Noodles, 1 1/2 cups of prepared Thrive Instant Milk (which was super easy since I already had some made), 1/8 cup Thrive Butter Powder & 3/4 cup of Thrive Cheese Blend.
Starting out like any other Mac & Cheese, I boiled the noodles. Easy enough. As I was reading the recipe, I saw that it called for a cup and a half of milk. My first thought was, that’s alot of milk. Then I thought, they must know what they are doing, so in went the milk (from past experience I should have known better, alas, I have no excuse).
After adding the cheese blend & butter powder to the noodles & milk, I had, well….Mac & Cheese Soup. “Yuck” immediately sprang to mind. Not willing to give up (I was hungry), I decided that adding more cheese blend powder might help. It began to thicken after adding about another 1/2 cup of cheese blend powder but it was not enough to combat the soupy mixture. A taste test quickly told me that adding even more cheese blend would be a mistake.
In order to salvage the meal (and actually eat dinner before 10 p.m.), I decided to add in some Thrive Cheddar Cheese and bake it at 425 for about 20 minutes. It actually turned out pretty good but still way too buttery for my taste.
After overnight in the fridge, it turned out just like baked Mac & Cheese. I received many compliments on it at the HCS Co-op meeting the next day, so I guess my recipe triage worked… either that or they were just being nice 🙂
The moral of this story is two fold: Don’t wait until an emergency to learn to cook with your food storage; you might not have the luxury to “fix” a recipe or start over. And second, use common sense when following a recipe; if it sounds wrong, proceed with caution. It’s always easy to add more, but you can’t undo what’s already been done.
Here is what I would have done differently:
Start with only 1/3 cup of milk and add more as needed
Use only 2 teaspoons of butter powder (then taste, add more if needed)
Use 1/2 cup more cheese blend powder (taste test first to see if it is needed)
I still love my Thrive Cookbook and it was worth the purchase price, even if it becomes just a loose guideline as I continue to experiment with my food storage.
I’ll try again soon using the above modifications and hopefully, I’ll end up with something closer to that famous boxed Mac & Cheese that I love!
Until next time,