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We only buy Tillamook Cheese. I usually find a brand I trust and never look back. Sigh. I don’t know if all cheese brands have been climbing in price, but ours is now 20% higher than before! Soooo… this isn’t exactly an economical alternative, but it IS an alternative!
At first glance, Cheez-Its don’t look that different than the recipe I’m about to give you. Cheese, fat, flour and a few seasonings. Tame, right? Why not just eat the Cheez-Its?? Quality counts.
I was reading the list of ingredients on the box and found that the oils included something called TBHQ. “For freshness”, it says. What the heck is TBHQ??
A quick Google search led me to this definition:
“TBHQ is the acronym used to describe tertiary butylhydroquinone, which is an antioxidant that comes from petroleum and is related to butane. It is often used as a preservative, applied directly onto food, such as high-fat prepackaged and processed food items and fast food. Like many chemicals, if taken in great excess, it can be toxic. Although more research needs to be done, side effects have not thus far been clinically demonstrated in the quantities that people usually eat.“
Petroleum…. Butane… Toxic… Well, then.
Let’s use something different! You know, just in case.
Here’s the recipe:
Homemade Cheese Crackers
1 Cup of Flour
8 Ounces of Cheese, shredded
4 Tbsp of Cold Butter, cubed
2 Tbsp of Very Cold Water
This recipe is easiest in the food processor but can definitely be done with a pastry cutter.
Add the flour, cheese and butter to the food processor bowl with the blade in place.
Combine in pulses until it looks crumbly.
Slowly add the water while the food processor whirs on low speed, just until the dough comes together.
Remove the dough to a floured board and roll it out to about a 1/8-inch thickness. Remember that a thicker cracker will be chewier, and a thinner cracker will be more crisp.
Using a tiny cutter (seriously, I use a medicine cup), cut out circles and add them to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Bake at 375 degrees for about 20 minutes.
No, seriously. Now you’re the coolest Mom or Dad, like ever! Bask in it!