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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...

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What is the Difference Between Rolled Oats and Steel-Cut (Irish/Scottish) Oats?

20 Feb 2013 21:26

The oats that most of us in the U.S. eat are rolled oats. These are oats such as the familiar Quaker Old-Fashioned Oats. But, increasingly, different varieties of oats are showing up on grocery store shelves. You may have seen steel-cut, Irish, or Scottish oats.

Steel-cut, Irish, and Scottish are all the same type of product. Examples are McCann's Irish Oatmeal and Bob's Red Mill Steel-Cut Oats. As well, Quaker now sells a steel-cut oats….

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Why Do we Say "I Heard it Through the Grapevine" - What's the Origin?

20 Feb 2013 01:47

Have you ever noticed that certain expressions, while they have a definite meaning, and we know exactly why we say them, sound ridiculous when you consider the actual words used? I heard it through the grapevine is one of them. It makes no literal sense. You can't hear anything through the vines of grapes, of course.

What if you search for lexical clues and make assumptions?…

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Is the Word Picnic Really Racist? Does it Refer to Lynchings?

19 Feb 2013 01:39

This post goes against my inclination to keep this site light but the purpose is to take the heavy out of an innocent term.

Have you ever been told not to use the word picnic because it has racist origins?…

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What is the Origin Of Word Bedlam?

18 Feb 2013 01:35

The word bedlam came about as a contraction of the name of a hospital in London. This hospital started out in 1247 as a priory for the order of St. Mary of Bethlehem.

This priory eventually became the Hospital of St. Mary of Bethlehem and was meant to serve sick poor and homeless people. However, by 1405, the hospital was under royal control and had begun to be partly used as an insane asylum, the first of its kind in England….

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What Does the Word Carat Have to Do with Carob Seeds?

05 Feb 2013 02:30

Although you may not realize it, the "weights" we use must be linked to a physical reference object, even today. For instance, the kilogram is represented by the international prototype kilogram, which was sanctioned in 1889. The actual weight is a small cylinder made of platinum and iridium and is held by the Bureau International des Poid et Mesures, who grants access to it and the official copies of the weight.Bibliography item bipm not found. There was a time, however, when in order to weigh anything you needed a standard unit of known weight in your possession. Believe it or not, carob seeds used to fill this role, and the word carob is connected to the word carat, pertaining to diamonds….

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