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I bought Annie's last time I was at Costco, instead of Kraft since the price was just a tad higher, not a huge difference like at the grocery store. But...<br><br>
the sauce is lumpy every time! I've tried following the directions exactly, doing it the normal, aka Kraft way, no luck. The cheese sauce doesn't dissolve all the way, and it's just not so good.<br><br>
back to Kraft!
 

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Yeah, I'm pretty sure the directions are different, I think you whisk the sauce together seperately then add the cooked noodles.<br><br>
I'd chose lumps over Kraft's ingredient list any day though...
 

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It's so easy to make your own. And it tastes so much better, too. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"> Our Annie's works fine. I usually make my own but we buy Annie's for camping trips and it's always tasty. I empty the water, pour the cheese dust over, add some butter and stir really well w/a fork. Then, I add the milk and let it steam for just a bit.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">: When I cook something like instant mac/cheese, I go for the junky one...the natural ones don't do it for me. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I dont follow the directions for Annies I just mix some butter and milk however much looks like enough. I then mix in the cheese packet stuff and dump in the shells.<br><br>
Comes out yummy everytime.
 

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I don't like the Annie's with powdered cheese either. Their version of Velveeta cheese & sauce is delicious, though! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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I dump the macaroni into a strainer, melt approx. 2 Tbs. of butter in the still warm pan, add approx. 1/2 cup plain yogurt, stir, then mix in the cheese sauce mix. Once that is stirred smooth, I add the drained macaroni. No lumps and I think the cheese sauce tastes much better this way (it's thicker than when made with milk, too). My DDs love it this way.<br><br>
ETA: This is for the Annie's regular shells & cheese. None of the other varieties have gone over well with the kids.
 

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Wow we've been having this problem too. I have found that for us with the Annie's I usually put extra water like 2/3 cup instead of 1/2 and cook for only about 2:40 instead of 3:00. I then mix a little of the powder at a time. Even if it's a little soupy at first it firms up pretty quickly. We too have added butter and that helps as well. Just depends what we're in the mood for. But funny enough my dd really likes when there's a little straight powder left on her fork. She loves it! WEIRD!!
 

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we like the price chopper brand. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">:<br><br>
not a fan of annies. i wish i was, though. maybe i'll give it another try and see if we can develop a taste for it.
 

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My ds likes the powder just sprinkled on and not mixed. Sometimes the Annie's powder is clumpy and sometimes it isn't. I don't know why, but sometimes it is fine. Maybe it's how long it has sat on the shelf?
 

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I think the answer is if you've never eaten the Kraft stuff in the first place. I don't recall ever being given packet mac & cheese as a kid, and it's not something I ever ate as an adult until I had kids.<br><br>
So I've only ever bought the natural ones. Sometimes I've given dd obviously Kraft like stuff while out, and I thought that was icky because I'm not used to it. It tastes like the processed cheese slices which I can't eat either. I'll eat other junk food, just don't like the junk mac&cheese. I think it's what you grew up with sometimes that shapes your tastes.<br><br>
BTW it does take a while to smooth the sauce out. I put more milk in and use a whisk. I don't worry about little lumps, as when I add the pasta back it doesn't seem noticeable. Also we usually add other stuff like hotdogs, broccolli, tomatoes etc to it so it's even less noticeable then.
 

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Mine always comes out gross too, I just decided to start making my own and it tastes much better.
 
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