Elderly Care Recipes: Homemade Cheese Crackers

Elderly Care in Des Moines, IA

Many experts commend snacking as a great way to encourage better eating habits by reducing hunger and keeping blood sugar levels even so you do not get too hungry and get tempted to indulge in salty, sugary, or fatty foods that offer no nutritional value and could leave you feeling even hungrier and more tired.

Finding the right snacks to include in your elderly care plan can seem like a challenge, particularly when you are trying to accommodate dietary guidelines set forth by your parents’ doctors. Making your own snacks allows you to control every ingredient that goes into the foods so you can eliminate ingredients you do not want your parents eating and include high quality ingredients that will support your dietary goals for them.

These homemade cheese crackers are the perfect option for satisfying salty cravings while also giving a dose of quality protein, making them fantastic for carrying your aging loved ones from meal to meal or fueling you through your daily elderly care tasks. Store cooled crackers in an airtight containers for up to 3 days so your parents can enjoy them with their elderly health care services provider or bring them along on an outing for a quick nibble.
What You Will Need

• 4 ounces of cheddar cheese, coarsely grated

• 2 ounces of Parmesan cheese, finely grated

• ¾ cup of all-purpose flour

• ¼ teaspoon of dry mustard

• ¼ teaspoon of kosher salt

• 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

• 4 tablespoons, or ½ a stick, unsalted butter, cut into small pieces and at room temperature

• 2 tablespoons of water

• Food processor

• Waxed paper

• Knife

• Cooling rack

• Baking sheet

• Freezer wrap

What to Do

• Coarsely grate the cheddar cheese and put it in the bowl of the food processor

• Finely grate the Parmesan cheese and add it to the cheddar. Do not use the powdered Parmesan you may use on your pasta as this contains fillers and preservatives that will change the texture of the crackers

• Cover the processor and pulse to combine the cheeses

• Add in the flour, mustard, cayenne pepper, and salt

• Pulse 5 times

• Add the 4 tablespoons of butter to the food processor

• Pulse again until the butter is reduced to the size of a chickpea

• Add the water one tablespoon at a time and pulse until dough holds together. More than 2 tablespoons of water may be necessary depending on your altitude, the weather, and the quality of the flour

• Dump the dough onto the large piece of waxed paper

• Roll the dough into a log, 9 to 10 inches long

• Square the ends of the log

• Wrap the log and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or up to 2 days. It could also be frozen for up to one month

• Preheat the oven to 375 degrees

• Remove the dough from refrigerator. If it has been frozen, be sure to thaw the dough thoroughly in the refrigerator before attempting to bake

• Cut the log into ¼ inch thick slices

• Arrange slices on a baking sheet 1 inch apart

• Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until light golden in color

• Turn the crackers over and bake again for 3 to 5 minutes or until gold around the edges

• Cool on the rack

• Serve at room temperature

If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care services, please contact the caring staff at TRUMARK HomeCare of Des Moines, IA. Call today: (515) 619-5225.