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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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Why Does my Molasses say Unsulphured? Was Sulphur Removed From it?

08 Oct 2012 16:30

If there was sulphur in molasses, it would smell a bit off-putting and taste a bit off, as well. Yet, some people see the word "unsulphured" on a bottle of molasses and assume that molasses must contain natural sulphur that is removed via some process by the manufacturer. This is not the case. Unsulphered simply means that sulfur was not used in processing the molasses, as used to be common….

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Waiter, Waitress, Server: What's the Correct Term?

07 Oct 2012 03:11

Unless you've been under a rock for a while, you know that you are no longer supposed to call a female waiter a waitress. However, at the same time, hardly anyone refers to a female server as a waiter, and most restaurants are using the term server for both male and female employees: "Hi, I'm Shelley, and I'll be your server today."…

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What is the Origin of the Words Culinary and Cuisine? Also, What is Haute Cuisine and Nouvelle Cusine?

05 Oct 2012 17:11

The origin of the word culinary, part of the name of this blog, really doesn't require a lot of explanation. It has a very direct origin from the Latin word for kitchen or cookstove: culina. Culina itself derived from the Latin word coquere, meaning "to cook."…

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Apples and Potatoes Taste the Same with Your Nose Plugged: Fascinating Fact?

04 Oct 2012 15:55

Or is it just hokum? The importance of the sense of smell in informing our taste is a subject that fascinates biologists. Most high school biology texts include an experiment designed to test just how important our sense of smell is in how we taste things. The experiment involves peeling and cutting up apples, potatoes, onions, and/or celery into bite sized pieces and then blind-folding people and having them taste the pieces at random with their nose plugged so they cannot smell….

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Origin of word 'Hooch' for Liquor

29 Sep 2012 21:35

Although you may not hear it often today, the term hooch used to be popular slang for liquor, and some old-timers may still use it. During 1920's Prohibition, it became common parlance for any illegal liquor and the term still has a connotation of an illicit, or at least cheap, distilled spirit….

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