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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

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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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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