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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

How Did the Blue Plate Special Get Started?

06 Nov 2013 21:54

The Blue Plate Special is a meal offering traditionally served in American diners. How did this special get its name?

The Blue Plate Special is the name given to a special inexpensive plated lunch or dinner served in Diners and other inexpensive restaurants. The tradition of the blue plate special has been around since at least the 1920's and was a hearty and cheap meal perfect for the hardworking but money-strapped folks of the time….

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When Cheese Gets Moldy, Is It Okay to Cut Off the Mold and Eat the Cheese?

23 Oct 2013 20:09

You may know that many aged cheeses are allowed to mold as part of the aging process. And, of course, blue cheese and Roquefort cheese have special molds that are purposely added as part of the taste and texture.

However, this does not mean that the mold that grows on cheese in your refrigerator may not be a harmful mold. You should not eat cheese that has mold on it….

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My Recipe Calls for X Amount of Cooked Crumbled Bacon. How Many Slices Do I Need?

30 Sep 2013 13:17

Many recipes call for bacon that has been precooked until crispy and then crumbled or chopped. Since bacon is mostly fat, which will render, or melt off when fried, you need a lot of bacon for a relatively small amount of crumbled bacon.

The following list tells how many slices of bacon you will need to yield various amounts of crumbled bacon in cups….

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Origin of the Words Seltzer and Club Soda for Soda Water

28 Sep 2013 19:37

Although Seltzer has come to be a generic term for carbonated water or soda water, it was originally a brand of naturally carbonated water which came from Niederselters, Germany. This naturally carbonated water was bottled and sold as far back as 1728. It was brought into the US by immigrants from Europe and eventually came to be a generic name for carbonated water. The natural springs in the Niederselters had high carbonation with a low mineral content and became a popular beverage….

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Still Using a Citrus Zester? Do it Better with a Microplane and Have a Multipurpose Tool

25 Sep 2013 02:24

If you're like me you like to add lemon, lime, or other citrus zest to lots of different kinds of recipes. To zest a citrus fruit is an exercise in frustration without the proper tool. The zest is the outermost surface of the peel and underneath it is the pith, a white bitter part. The zest adds a bright concentrated citrus flavor of the fruit you are zesting but the pith must be avoided at all costs. To do a large amount of zesting without a zester? Forget about it. Yet the citrus zester is still an inefficient tool for the job! It still takes forever to do a large amount and the zest comes off in long strips, which you may still have to chop fine. And it is still possible to go too deep and get some pith, making precision an attribute in a good zesting tool….

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