Is food about nutrition? Or is it about taste?
Most of us know that when we have a little Cheezel binge, we’re not likely to be taking in any vital nutrients.
But did you ever stop and think about how Cheezels and other so-called ‘extruded’ snacks are made?
Essentially it’s as simple as 1, 2, 3 :
- A machine combines basic starchy ingredients;
- The required shapes are extruded – or pushed out – using a template system; and
- The shapes are dried – in this form they are completely tasteless and bland.
Obviously this is not the end of the line – how does that Cheezle flavour we all know and love come about?
Basically it boils down to covering the tasteless shapes in a layer of powdered palatants – otherwise known as stuff which tastes good.
That’s what that yellow/orange coating is. Stuff which tastes good.
This is also the method used to make most dried dog and cat food.
Fortunately, most cats and dogs don’t dig the full-on flavours that humans like. Otherwise, we could just bring out the schmackos with the beer and footy.
[image thanks to littleredd on flickr]