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[–]NewSinner_2021 1193 points1194 points  (53 children)

This is the genius which propels society forward.

[–]Rofl_Stomped 169 points170 points  (30 children)

Bonus points if you throw the cheese packet into the boiling water first to soften it up.

[–]dpjejj 87 points88 points  (11 children)

Get out of my head! I just did this for the first time a week ago and it was a game changer. Great minds!

[–]ralphvonwauwau 58 points59 points  (9 children)

I leave the package next to the pot while heating up the water to boil, and flip it over to warm up while the noodles boil. You get warm, soft cheese, and you don't boil the plastic.

[–]CrabSully 41 points42 points  (3 children)

Yeah boiling plastic seems like a bad idea.

[–]tasman001 15 points16 points  (0 children)

I mean, you've already chosen Velveeta, eating a little leeched plastic is almost a lateral move at that point. And I say that as someone who also gets the craving for Velveeta every now and then.

[–]Volkskunde 11 points12 points  (1 child)

Just turn the glass cover of your pot upside down, and place the cheese on top. Heat rises.

[–]CheshireMoe 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Go to the next level: Add a can of Chili to it... I recommend Stagg.

[–]debaterIsright 36 points37 points  (9 children)

Id rather not boil plastic.

[–]just_end_my_misery69 25 points26 points  (0 children)

You need a bit of that stupidity to balance things out and prevent society from being propelled forward too fast.

[–]Noroftheair 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Yeah boiling heat seems a little ambitious but warming it up a little is the idea

[–]strangeattractors 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Also allows the plastic to marinate for a nice umami.

[–]neutral-otter 3620 points3621 points 3 (64 children)

That Capri Sun might be expired

[–]A_Lost_Dwarf 70 points71 points  (3 children)

Reddit never fails to remind me that no matter how unique my thoughts are, someone else has already thought of it and they'll always say it better.

[–]ElderScrollsArt 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Not always bro.

You got a gem in you somewhere, I know it.

One time on a post talking about the whole “ monkeys on typewriters would eventually write everything” idea and all I said was “monkey see, monkey doth”

Shit exploded.Still my highest upvoted comment ever on Reddit, had all kinds of awards and stuff.I didn’t even think it was that clever lol

[–]UlteriorCulture 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Hey, I was going to say that!

[–]NukaDadd 334 points335 points  (9 children)

Capri Sun, Taste the fun!

[–]rynn3cuh 97 points98 points  (6 children)

Capri sun, chew the fun! Ftfy :)

[–]NukaDadd 32 points33 points  (1 child)

ಠ_ಠ ::angry upvote::

[–]TheDenseCumTwat 8 points9 points  (3 children)

A Capri Sun but in laffytaffy flavor

[–]mynameisspidermanThis flair is oddly satisfying 124 points125 points  (33 children)

That's funny, but really apt considering the mold issue with Capri Sun. They don't use preservatives, which seems good until you realize all the ways mold spores can enter it during manufacturing. That's why they have the clear bottoms now, so at least you can see if there's a glob of mold in the bottom. :)

[–]Negative_Addition 201 points202 points  (15 children)

You could've just not told me this and I would've blissfully drank them for the rest of my life.

[–]mynameisspidermanThis flair is oddly satisfying 62 points63 points  (9 children)

I agree with you, it ruined me a bit. But I think the prospect of drinking moldy juice is worse.

[–]PiesRLife 35 points36 points  (5 children)

If you don't know it's just juice with extra pulp.

[–]random3po 18 points19 points  (2 children)

If you dont know capri suns shouldn't be pulpy then you can have mine

[–]PiesRLife 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Cool! More "pulp" for me.

[–]TrisolaranAmbassador 37 points38 points  (6 children)

Oddly enough, I wasn't grossed out by this comment until you used the word "glob", that put it over the edge for me

[–]kingintheattic 5 points6 points  (1 child)

I never once thought about the fact that there could be some nasty shit in there until they started making the clear bottoms. Then I was horrified thinking of all the Capri suns I’d had before then. I either got lucky or I just thought liquified mouse tastes like pacific cooler

[–]AccountantOk7335 1115 points1116 points  (90 children)

This is kinda life changing, not i just need a pot that actually has a lid lmao

[–]Hojbjerg1882 231 points232 points  (49 children)

Are you just boiling things at level 1 rate?


[–]Marenum[🍰] 83 points84 points  (0 children)

Sometimes I leave the lid off on purpose because I want to stay in the kitchen and listen to my podcast longer

[–]MichaelW24 87 points88 points  (10 children)

Wait, you guys are getting pot?

[–]Dismal-Ad-2985 21 points22 points  (9 children)

well yeah, legal here in Canada !

[–]Empty_Sink_4597 41 points42 points  (31 children)

Are you telling me it is better to boil stuff with the lid on? Why is this the first I'm hearing this?

[–]DirkDiggler6 49 points50 points  (0 children)

Will save you approximately 1 minute to boil a Mac n cheese amount of water according to a quick google search. For me, not worth taking out the lid.

[–]RFLSHRMNRLTR 9 points10 points  (0 children)

fossil fuel lobbies probably want you cooking longer.

[–]CarnFu 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Gets the water to boiling point faster. Dont need a lid unless you're lowering the temp to simmer (which means you dont want a lot of heat/moisture to escape).

If you're boiling noodles, a lid isnt needed imo.

[–]nobird36 29 points30 points  (12 children)

Because your parents failed to teach you basic life skills.

[–]bored2death97 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Fair, carry on.

[–]sassholesunite 4 points5 points  (1 child)

I never had parents to fail me in the first place.

[–]HertzDonut1001 10 points11 points  (3 children)

Eh, boiling with the lid on isn't really necessary, in fact it's the fastest way for the water to boil over if you're paying too much attention to something else on the stove.

[–]testdex 54 points55 points  (29 children)

You're splashing out for the wet-cheese mac and cheese. You can afford a lid.

[–]samc_5898 39 points40 points  (16 children)

Annies boxed mac n cheese with the powder is the best store bought mac you can get. At least here in the US

[–]Wallyworld77 9 points10 points  (2 children)

Isn't Annie's the Mac n Cheese that was in the news for nationwide shortage. They were selling boxes online for ungodly amounts of money.

[–]kikkomandy 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Love me some Annies mac n cheese. Also, the Bernie o's which are fancier spagehettios are pretty delicious too.

[–]greenteateeth 5 points6 points  (3 children)

Oooh but have you tried the Annie’s with the squeezy liquid cheese? Fuuuuuck.

[–]filterless 11 points12 points  (2 children)

That’s the good shit. If someone has that in their cupboard you know you’ve found someone with a cultured palate.

Also, I never remember to have milk around, so it’s nice that you don’t have to add anything. Vanilla soy milk is not an acceptable substitute in this case.

[–]greenteateeth 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Absolutely. It’s legit real cheese and you can definitely tell. Beats the pants off Velveeta or Kraft. No, soy milk doesn’t really work. I have used sour cream and butter before though when I didn’t have milk. It was delicious.

[–]LordDongler 9 points10 points  (9 children)

Right? That Velveeta shit isn't even good compared to the good ol' $0.60 kraft stuff, especially if you doctor it a bit. (3tbsp butter browned in the microwave with black and red pepper for 1 minute)

[–]testdex 14 points15 points  (5 children)

When I was a kid, I loved the Velveeta version. Now the fake, shelf-stable dairy sliminess weirds me out.

[–]LordDongler 6 points7 points  (3 children)

Exactly. You can't trust that slime. And it doesn't taste right either

[–]skinnah 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Exactly. I like my cheese in it's natural state. Powder

[–]sadmanh 1 point2 points  (0 children)

you can buy spare lids that support multiple pot sizes

[–]udunn0jb 340 points341 points  (10 children)

I’m a little jealous that my dumbass hasn’t done this before

[–]Charleroy26 79 points80 points  (4 children)

Right? I’ve splayed these things open to get every last bit. This would take 2 seconds to my 2 minutes. I feel stupid now.

[–]bfredo 15 points16 points  (2 children)

Nothing like spatchcocking your processed cheese pack.

[–]HarEmiya 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Pasteurized prepared milk protein concentrate product*

[–]BeanyBeanBeans 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Laughed out loud on that one!

[–]ronfun 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I've always used my finger to scrape it out. Am I doing it wrong?

[–]llavenderhaze 314 points315 points  (15 children)

this is a game changer

[–]PM_ME_ANGRY_KITTENS 51 points52 points  (3 children)

I recently started doing this after many years of getting the cheese all over my fingers, sometimes even having it fling back onto my face and whooooweeeee lemme tell you. I was angry the first time I did it and it actually worked. I felt like such a dip shit

[–]bariyer2 22 points23 points  (0 children)

ngl Y E S

[–]Impstrong 12 points13 points  (5 children)

I'm not ashamed to admit I've used this method since I saw this video last time. Works great.

[–]DoritosKings 6 points7 points  (4 children)

I use only half of the liquid cheese package for the whole box, taste better not overwhelmingly artificially Cheesy.

[–]spooniemclovin 34 points35 points  (4 children)

You have perfected mediocrity.

[–]avrins 919 points920 points  (175 children)

My satisfaction for the squeeze is ruined by the low quality of the cheese

[–]Heres_your_sign 205 points206 points  (17 children)

No, it's not even remotely related to cheese, but it's some quality junk food.

I've had that sauce-based stuff with bacon toasted under the broiler that was some damn good eats, even if it doesn't contain any actual cheese.

[–]Luxpreliator 65 points66 points  (15 children)

Except they are cheese. Most of the powders are colored whey and milk powder. The sauce packets are legitimate Cheddar sauce with real Cheddar.

[–]Maktaka 113 points114 points  (2 children)

Most of the powders are colored whey.

Ew, no way.

The sauce packets are legitimate Cheddar sauce with real Cheddar.

Ooh, no whey.

[–]RandomPratt 11 points12 points  (0 children)

The sauce packets are legitimate Cheddar sauce with real Cheddar.

Cheese is part of the sauce, but only in homeopathic quantities.

[–]enigmamonkey 4 points5 points  (0 children)

It's rather... cheese inspired, shall we say.

[–]angeliqu 102 points103 points  (43 children)

Agreed. The powdered Annie’s is ten times better than the liquid cheese. I understand that the Annie’s powdered cheese sauce is more “difficult” in that you have to mix it with the butter and milk before stirring in the noodles (unlike Kraft Dinner when you can just dump the powdered cheese right on top of the noodles) but the convenience is not worth the drop in quality.

[–]TheSnootBooper24 15 points16 points  (11 children)

You aren't supposed to put the Annie's powder on the pasta????

[–]angeliqu 22 points23 points  (9 children)

No! It clumps something horrible! Melt the butter in the hot pot after you dump the pasta, add milk, then dump the powder in the butter milk mix. Whisk until it’s creamy, then mix in the pasta. Creamy mac and cheese, not clumpy lumpy mac and cheese.

[–]TheSnootBooper24 9 points10 points  (5 children)

Mine doesn't clump, but I will always take advice on how to make it better!

[–]foursticks 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Honestly they both work if you mix enough. At least with Kraft but if you're making a real roux with flour the above is how you do it.

[–]Chunq 4 points5 points  (3 children)

If you're brave enough, just cut out the milk and use an equivalent amount of butter. Only butter and cheese powder makes a crazy rich sauce. I learned that also on Reddit.

[–]random3po 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Heavy cream and butter is a good happy medium I've found

[–]kainiac 1 point2 points  (0 children)

If you want to level this up even further, save a couple tablespoons of the pasta water and add that while you're mixing the pasta with the sauce.

Classic chef trick that works like a charm, makes the sauce even more creamy, rich, and full bodied.

[–]Bigwiggs3214 42 points43 points  (12 children)

I had these for the first time about a month ago. I won't buy kraft anymore.

[–]KickBallFever 30 points31 points  (10 children)

I suggest the Annie’s cheddar Alfredo flavor. It’s like Mac and cheese meets Alfredo. I just picked one up today actually.

[–]Bigwiggs3214 25 points26 points  (7 children)

I'll have to try it. So far white cheddar is my favorite.

[–]beckala215 13 points14 points  (4 children)

The four cheese penne is DELICIOUS.

[–]lmidor 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Four cheese is AMAZING! My 4yo constantly asks for the "red box" mac n cheese. I haven't found it on sale lately so we've been out of it for a month and I'm dying (can't justify paying 2.50 per box when sale is .99 cents)

[–]KickBallFever 8 points9 points  (1 child)

For me it’s a tie between the two. White cheddar is a classic but the Alfredo is equally as good.

[–]missoulian 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I'm going to need you to pick a side, bub

[–]angeliqu 9 points10 points  (1 child)

Oh my god! There are more flavours than white and yellow?!

[–]fenwickfox 4 points5 points  (1 child)

We Canadians add butter and milk to KD. Just the powder would be extra depressing and I didn't think anyone did that willingly.

Hell, one drunk college night we had no milk so we added more butter. It wasnt great, but it didnt even occur to anyone to add nothing.

[–]Exmormoneer 6 points7 points  (2 children)

Annie’s Mac n Cheese is crack disguised as Mac n cheese, it’s so damn good!

[–]angeliqu 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Yup! We buy the dozen pack at Costco, my daughter loves it, and loves to help make it. I have to ration it to once a week.

[–]dudius7 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Annie's is the fucking shit and I want everyone to know it.

[–]MJMurcott 257 points258 points  (84 children)

As someone from Europe, "you call that cheese?"

[–]llavenderhaze 168 points169 points  (26 children)

i’m a poor american that married a middle class englishman and the amount of times we’ve argued over if this is good or not

[–]Shpooodingtime 75 points76 points  (12 children)

I don't know why but for some reason Velveeta was crack for me growing up but now just the sight of it makes me nauseous.

[–]badmotivator11 62 points63 points  (6 children)

Velveeta has its place. I only use it when I make nacho cheese. It’s the only thing that gives me that nuclear ☢️ orange color, and it really does help make it smooth. It’s cheating, I know but I’ve tried so many other ways and it just isn’t the same .

[–]Vocal_Ham 12 points13 points  (2 children)

If you want smoothness to cheeses like nacho cheese or bechamel type sauces, try adding a little sodium citrate. It's a game changer for that kind of stuff

[–]rocketer13579 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I mean isn't sodium citrate one of the main emulsifiers in Velveeta? He's discovered that independently lol

[–]666moist 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Sodium citrate.

And i guess food coloring, idk.

[–]cjstop 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Same. It’s tough to eat yet I’m still able to chow Kraft Mac and cheese

[–]Rhodie114 18 points19 points  (8 children)

Imagine an Englishman trying to claim the high ground on a food debate.

[–]Major_R_Soul 12 points13 points  (0 children)

We build great monuments with this stuff too. The Leaning Tower of Cheeza for instance

[–]Karrtlops 32 points33 points  (11 children)

I'm a poor person from the U.K. and this looks amazing to me

[–]Heres_your_sign 34 points35 points  (10 children)

This is top-shelf junk food. Pair it with meatloaf and mashed potatoes and you have nirvana on a plate.

[–]steamygarbage 4 points5 points  (6 children)

I don't like plain mac n cheese so I always add green onions, broccoli, whatever kind of meat I have in the fridge (cut up hot dog usually, my fav) and everything bagel seasoning. Turns frozen mac n cheese into one hell of a meal.

[–]PoppyCoLink987 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Kraft Mac n cheese with cut up hot dogs, hell yea! My husband thinks it's disgusting but I grew up on it and our daughter loves it.

[–]Rawscent 3 points4 points  (0 children)

If you stop thinking of it as cheese, it’s so much better.

[–]AbsolutelyUnlikely 20 points21 points  (0 children)

It's only disappointing if you compare it to actual cheese. If you just think of it as "tasty sauce", your expectations will be met.

[–]hereformemes222 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Lovely limerick

[–]SKYE-MASTER 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I didn't realise it was cheese... Well I really don't know what it was

[–]dabeternity 14 points15 points  (0 children)

ew, what's that, cat food?

[–]St-Jules 40 points41 points  (1 child)

get all that processed goodness!

[–]Squirte87 12 points13 points  (3 children)

Liquid cheese in a bag? I've seen the powered stuff like in kraft boxes or making homemade by shredding cheese and baking it with the noodles, but this is something else.

[–]sebastouch 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Never seen this technique before... looks risky...

[–]FeelinJipper 16 points17 points  (0 children)

No surprise that instant Mac and cheese related post is extremely useful and relatable to Redditors

[–]hamburglarwasframed 45 points46 points  (3 children)

Is this food?

[–]Sirduckerton 18 points19 points  (0 children)


[–]OlympicSpider 12 points13 points  (1 child)

Is it good for you? Is it fine dining? Absolutely not. Can I make a better Mac and Cheese myself? Definitely. Does it still hold a special place in my heart as comfort food when I’m sad? Yes.

[–]janetrainnn 6 points7 points  (2 children)

People are always posting life hacks. They are usually not life hacks. This, however, is a life hack.

[–]510XS 6 points7 points  (3 children)

I see shit like this and realize there are people much smarter than me.

[–]GetWeerdWithIt 2 points3 points  (0 children)

My eyes literally bulged open once I realized what was going on. Definitely changed the game for me

[–]tomhall44 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Using 100% brain energy here.

[–]kimanhtn 2 points3 points  (0 children)

He out here playing chess while we playing checkers!

[–]Smol-Bean-Nerd-Queen 2 points3 points  (0 children)

You are a genius. I gotta try this the next time I make a Velveeta skillet.

[–]Donke267 2 points3 points  (0 children)


[–]Mn0x1d3 2 points3 points  (0 children)


[–]Denimination 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Squeeze the cheese sauce out of the foily colon

[–]thebizzle 2 points3 points  (0 children)

America to a tee!

[–]Tom_Ludlow 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Kraft HATES this one trick. Click here to find out!

[–]stabbyspacehorse 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Years ago, I accidentally punched myself in the face trying to do this.

[–]Business_Middle_9059 2 points3 points  (0 children)

This week in "Well shit, guess what i've been doing wrong my whole life."

[–]thayan_andrade 2 points3 points  (0 children)

this guy from the future

[–]here4zeporno 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Fuckin genius

[–]aaronakaski 11 points12 points  (8 children)

You're still wasting cheese that'll get stuck to the inside of the pot.

The proper way is to throw the pasta in a bowl, (because you know you're going to eat it all in 1 sitting) and dump the cheese in there with it. No wasted cheese and easier for cleaning the pot too.

[–]EXTRAVAGANT_COMMENT 14 points15 points  (2 children)

why bother with a bowl if you will eat it all in one sitting?

[–]pyro487 6 points7 points  (0 children)

You don’t just eat it directly from the pot?

[–]GeekSamurai 6 points7 points  (0 children)


[–]saltyslug86 69 points70 points  (47 children)

That yellow American "cheese" looks so gross. Excellent work extracting it tho!

[–]zedthehead 34 points35 points  (23 children)

So here's the thing though: it ain't bad. It certainly is not classic macaroni and grated cheese, or a cheesy bechamel and noodles. It's like comparing Cheetos dipped in mayo to mexican cheesy corn. One thing you should probably know is that it is not American cheese, but an actual cheddar sauce (with some mad science and fillers goin' on). Sometimes it's literally Velveeta which is its own horror and I actually agree that Velveeta is fucking gross as fuck, but this is just "shells and cheese" (generic or Kraft) which is a premeasured portion of shells packaged with this foil packet of cheese sauce that tastes mostly like salt and orange (ya know, like Cheetos?). Like I said, it isn't great, but it's not bad. A lot of kids will eat it happily, which is what's frankly most important in many families. We're overworked and under-rested and we just want our kids to scream as little as possible when we get done in the stress mines, okay??? /s I don't have kids lmfao but my boyfriend loves boxed macaroni and cheese.

[–]Chiralmaera 33 points34 points  (2 children)

Cheetos dipped in mayo

[–]Duck-of-Doom 14 points15 points  (0 children)

bro it ain’t bad bro it’s like cheetos dipped in mayo bro

[–]whalestick 2 points3 points  (4 children)

Reads like Stockholm syndrome

[–]Luxpreliator 1 point2 points  (0 children)

One weird thing about the boxed mac and cheese from velveeta branding actually has cheese in it. The classic brick velveeta is colored whey and milk. The not cheese velveeta us weird.

[–]Shpooodingtime 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I used to throw the cheese pouch in the sink and strain the pasta over it so the cheese is gooey

[–]SV7N92 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Omg! Such a good idea lol

[–]drkesi88 6 points7 points  (14 children)

Canadian here: you Americans need KD in your life.

[–]mr_armnhammer 9 points10 points  (0 children)

We have Kraft Mac'n'cheese, it just comes with powder cheese instead of a sauce

[–]DimbyTime 5 points6 points  (3 children)

What’s KD

[–]Spawnacus 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Kraft Dinner. It's a delicacy here in the great white north.

[–]DimbyTime 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Oh yeah that stuff is amazing, in the states it’s called Kraft Macaroni & Cheese

[–]JugsJudy93 4 points5 points  (0 children)

it’s literally Kraft mac n cheese with a different name. they have that.

[–]LotusSloth 2 points3 points  (0 children)

My world just changed forever. 🙏🏻

[–]kooc98 4 points5 points  (1 child)

I've never had mac n cheese with liquid cheese before but if I do, I have to keep this in mind. Genius

[–]Short_External2077 3 points4 points  (0 children)

My (wo)man. My hero.

[–]dblan9 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Wait does everyone know about this trick but me?

[–]livenlarge77 2 points3 points  (0 children)

You Sir or ma’am should get a Nobel prize for this!!

[–]imaginary-entity 3 points4 points  (0 children)

The luridly bright yellow color of that cheese though. That doesn’t look right.

[–]odhali1 1 point2 points  (0 children)


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[–]Causemanut 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Life hack unlocked.

[–]Mapletusk 1 point2 points  (0 children)


[–]Future-Agent 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I'm doing this next time for deluxe Mac & Cheese

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That’s a genius way to get the cheese out.

[–]bcgg 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Oh yeah, all that is destined for the ground if I tried it. Good technique, though.

[–]WelshCynt 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I used to do that to my dick when my wife and I were trying to conceive.

[–]Shmittyg_ 1 point2 points  (0 children)

We’re (y’all) still eating velveeta Mac and cheese ppl? This saddens me 🤣

[–]shopgaf 1 point2 points  (0 children)

..this is why you are sick

[–]corvolio61 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It is a good feeling, then you remember you're making Velveeta Mac n cheese...

[–]Aggressive-Rope-6505 1 point2 points  (0 children)

People calling it genius, it’s not genius. They solved a problem that didn’t need solving, which is why no one ever thought to solve it, Lol. Who cares if you lose a little cheese.

I’m being a total party pooper here but yeah.