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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 a beurre manié?

14 Nov 2012 17:46

Beurre manié is a French cooking term meaning "kneaded butter." It is a thickening agent that uses the same ingredients as a roux, flour and butter, but the ingredients are not cooked together from the beginning. Instead, equal amounts of butter and flours are rubbed or kneaded together to make a paste. This paste can be added at the last minute to sauces or soups to quickly thicken them….

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What is the Origin of the Doggie Bag?

13 Nov 2012 21:32

Have you ever been slightly embarrassed by asking for a doggie bag in a restaurant? Well, you shouldn't be, really. Is it your fault if the establishment serves food in ridiculous proportions? And is it not proper that you do not wish to waste food? The answer to the first question is, no, it is not. The answer to the second is, yes, it is absolutely proper for you to not wish to see food thrown out! But a bit of embarrassment has always been possible, as people don't want to be seen as cheap or miserly. Today, the term doggie bag is a little white lie that persists even though we have no intention of giving the leftovers to our dog, and the container may not be a "bag" at all. Whether the doggie bag was originally about bringing home leftovers or whether it was born out of a desire to curb embarrassment is impossible to know for certain….

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Claimed Magical Powers of Familiar Edible Herbs

09 Nov 2012 16:34

Some herbs that we eat are very nutritious.

The humble parsley for instance, is a micro-nutrient power house that is particularly high in Vitamin C.

Some edible herbs even have physiological effects beyond their nutritional content.

For instance, the dandelion green (yes, very good to eat) is a fairly good diuretic.

There are some people, both ancient and modern, however, that believe herbs have magical powers and can be used to cast spells.

You know, like potions class at Hogwarts.

Have you ever wondered about the supposed magical powers of familiar culinary herbs? Here are some of them….

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When Was The First Use Of Chocolate?

17 Oct 2012 14:17

Before knowing when chocolate was first used, it is useful to understand how it was used, as its original use had no resemblance to how we consume it today.

Chocolate Began as a Native American Drink

The first known use of chocolate was by the Maya between 500 to 600 C.E. in the south Yucatan.

European explorers to central America discovered cocoa plantations being grown by both the Azetcs and the Incas. The beans were so esteemed that they were used as money.

But for consumption, they weren't chewed or prepared into anything like the chocolate we eat now….

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I don't have baking chocolate for my recipe, I only have cocoa. Can I use it?

09 Oct 2012 17:26

You can substitute cocoa for baking chocolate with a simple formula. But only do this in a pinch.

The major difference between baking chocolate and cocoa is that baking chocolate has a lot more cocoa butter.

In order to substitute cocoa, you have to replace this missing fat.

You probably do not have any raw cocoa butter sitting around so the fat you use will have to be something different, which obviously will yield a slightly different result, depending on the recipe….

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