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Food History

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What Happened To Jell-O Pudding Pops?

During the 1980s, Jello pudding pops were featured freezer treats in millions of American homes. Fudgsicles never really had anything on them. Even in into the 1990s, Jello pudding pops were still going strong. And then, poof, they're gone.

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Food Science

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Is it OK to Eat Expired Canned Foods? How Long Do They Last?

There are countless shelf stable foods in your pantry. Some of them sit there for years. Maybe you have a can of vegetables in your cabinet that has been there for years. On the bottom is an expiration date. It's expired! Does this mean it is unsafe to eat it?

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Food History

old-jello-pop-ad.jpg

What Happened To Jell-O Pudding Pops?

During the 1980s, Jello pudding pops were featured freezer treats in millions of American homes. Fudgsicles never really had anything on them. Even in into the 1990s, Jello pudding pops were still going strong. And then, poof, they're gone.

Read on...

Food Science

canned-food-expiration-date.jpg

Is it OK to Eat Expired Canned Foods? How Long Do They Last?

There are countless shelf stable foods in your pantry. Some of them sit there for years. Maybe you have a can of vegetables in your cabinet that has been there for years. On the bottom is an expiration date. It's expired! Does this mean it is unsafe to eat it?

Read on...

The Latest Lore

Did President George H.W. Bush Really Ban Broccoli from the White House?

25 Nov 2013 18:50

The answer is yes, and from Air Force One as well, in March of 1990. The President had hated broccoli all his life and since he was not only 61 years old, but also the "leader of the free world," he decided that it was time to put his foot down once an for all. A story subsequently went to press in U.S News and World Report that got the attention of California broccoli growers. The growers planned a stunt whereby they would send a truckload of broccoli to the white house as a sort of protest/publicity stunt. Bush got wind of this through a Reuters wire report, and later had a chat with the Reuters representative Gene Gibbons during a state dinner for the prime minister of Poland, Tadeusz Mazowieki.Bibliography item levan not found.

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African Style Piri Piri Sauce

25 Nov 2013 16:18

The Piri piri, of African Bird's Eye chile, is a small, fiery hot chile that is popular in Africa and Portugal, and is used to make maddeningly hot salsas that are bottled and put on all kinds of food.

Here is given a hot sauce made with piri piri, the kind you might find in Africa and Portugal.

Africans got the idea of sauces made with this little chile from the Portuguese, who are said to be responsible for introducing the chile there.

First, however, the video below gives the Scoville heat rating of the piri piri pepper and some other facts about the chile.

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Origin of the Term "Hodgepodge"

24 Nov 2013 17:05

Meaning of Hodgepodge

Hodgepodge has come to mean any mixture of things that are not really meant to go together, but it originally referred to a soup of all sorts of ill-suited ingredients jumbled together in a pot.

In other words, it is a soup that you just threw together with whatever you had on hand, whether the ingredients were harmonious or not….

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How Hot is Frank's Red Hot Brand Hot Sauce on the Scoville Scale?

21 Nov 2013 18:51

Frank's Red Hot brand hot sauce is a Louisiana style bottled hot sauce based on cayenne peppers. It is often claimed to be the sauce used in the original Buffalo Wings sauce….

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How Hot are Serrano Chiles? Scoville Heat Rating

21 Nov 2013 14:27

Serrano means "highland" or "mountain" in Spanish so the name of the serrano chile denotes its origin in mountainous regions. Although similar to a jalapeno, they are smaller, hotter, and many people find them to have a fuller and more herbaceous flavor. The pods are from one to four inches long and about 1/2 inch thick, with most pods being on the smaller side (1-2 inches). Immature pods are a light to deep green and they mature to red….

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