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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

What Does Pukka Mean?

10 Nov 2013 04:26

Pukka is a term popularized and overused by celebrity cook Jamie Oliver, who subsequently vowed to stop using it. Which is good, because it is quite annoying, like most everything else he says. But what does it mean? What is the origin?…

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The Truth About Raspberry or Strawberry Flavor from Beaver Glands

08 Nov 2013 17:04

Is There Really a Flavoring Ingredient Extracted from Beaver Glands? Is This What Raspberry, Strawberry, or Vanilla Flavors Are?

The answer is yes, there is a food additive called castoreum that is derived from certain glands of the beaver and it can be used as a flavoring ingredient in foods. Although it is a flavoring ingredient, it is not a vanilla, raspberry, or strawberry flavoring, as is often reported. Instead, it is a flavor enhancer or modifier.

It is also used in perfumes for a musky scent or to give leather overtones, as well as to help preserve the fragrance for longer. By the way, castor oil can perform this same function, and the similarity of the names is no accident. Castor is French for beaver, and castor oil got its name from the animal because of the oil's usefulness in replacing castoreum….

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Welsh Rabbit versus Welsh Rarebit: Which Name is Correct?

08 Nov 2013 14:56

The answer to the question in the title is that the correct name is Welsh Rabbit. I know you may have been told that is is supposed to be "rarebit" and rabbit is incorrect and has nothing to do with the dish, but this bit of culinary wisdom is not so wise. Yes, Welsh Rabbit has no rabbit in it, but it does have something to do with rabbits. In fact, it is more difficult to tell where the Rarebit version comes from than the Rabbit version, but Rabbit was definitely the historical original….

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Kentucky Fried Chicken Changed Its Name to KFC Because of Frankenstein Poultry?

07 Nov 2013 21:30

Like most of the long-established and successful fast food franchises, Kentucky Fried Chicken has been the subject of a number of urban legends concerning its food or practices. Some of the myths are routinely transferred from one establishment to another, as, for instance, rumors of racist practices of Church's Fried Chicken or Popeye's being transferred to KFC, but others tend to stick to the fried chicken giant like the grease clings to your fingers. One of the more recent urban myths has to do with the name….

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How Did the Kit Kat Candy Bar Get It's Name?

07 Nov 2013 17:41

The Kit Kat candy bar, which is written on labels as one word, KitKat, is now produced by Nestle but was originally invented in York, England in 1935. However, the name Kit Kat, or Kit Cat, was not always used for the crisp wafer and chocolate treat we know today….

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