KERNERSVILLE, NC -- Mac and cheese is a staple for kids. It's no wonder a kid asked about it!
Sarah Piotrowski asked how the cheese turns into a powder to make instant mac and cheese.
Dr. Keith Harris, Associate Professor of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences at NC State University was happy to tell us, that yes, it was real cheese.
"Most of the time this is done via a process called spray drying, where a fine mist of cheese-containing liquid meets a "tornado" of hot air inside a closed container." Harris used a spray mister and a hair dryer as props to explain.
"What results is that the water evaporates very quickly and what's left is a fine powder and that's how you get the powdered cheese."