What Makes a Great Organic Shelf Stable Macaroni & Cheese?

Did you know that Macaroni and cheese is consistently on the list of top ten favorite food choices for children?! High quality macaroni and cheese has tender pasta in a moist and rich sauce. There’s a high cheese flavor with a salty, sweet and sour taste. Specifically, the pasta does not clump together, looks moist and the pieces are not broken. The orange sauce is creamy and shiny, and there’s enough to coat the pasta. The aroma and flavor profile is cheesy, and there can be notes of starchy pasta, dairy, and butter/margarine. The dish is salty, supplemented with low sweetness and sourness. The pasta is tender with some chewiness, not soft and not hard. The sauce is rich and moist. The food may stick to the teeth a little and have a slight stringency, but it is neither pasty or gummy, nor powdery or gritty.

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Tasting terms

  • flavor

    A combination of a food's basic taste and its accompanying aroma, flavor is the distinctive taste of a food or ingredient while it is in the mouth. Along with aroma, appearance, texture and taste, flavor is one of the five dimensions considered by ChefsBest Master Tasters. Example: Chocolate chip cookies should have a moderate chocolate flavor accompanied by a slightly lower level of complex dough flavor that includes egg, flour, vanilla and brown sugar notes.

  • sweet

    One of the basic tastes; often considered pleasing while exhibiting characteristics of sugar. Example: Honey, ripe fruits and syrup all have a pronounced sweet component.

  • sour

    One of the basic tastes; often considered sharp, tart and acidic. Example: Lemon juice, vinegar and fermented foods often have a strong sour component.

  • aroma

    The smell that emanates from food. Along with appearance, texture, flavor and taste, aroma is one of the five dimensions used to evaluate a product. Example: Brownies should have an aroma that includes chocolate as well as egg, toasty and sweet notes.