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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 Don't Canned Chick Peas Instead of Dried Work Well for Falafel? And So Much More...

16 Sep 2012 22:01

Many falafel recipes will tell you that you can use canned chick peas in a pinch. And you can. However, the results are not always pleasing. Canned chick peas usually result in a falafel that is too soft and tends to fall apart. When I say soft, I don't mean fluffy. That is a good thing in a falafel. I mean mushy, which is a bad thing. What's the problem here?…

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Bananas are Hard to Digest: So Said Your Great Grandmother

16 Sep 2012 02:33

Bananas are difficult to digest. This myth was being circulated in the early 1900's and probably earlier. The belief shows up in some health and nutrition books of the time, but whether the myth was inspired by the books, or the public belief was repeated by the authors without any investigation, is not immediately apparent….

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What Is The Twinkie Defense?

15 Sep 2012 16:45

The subject of the so-called 'Twinkie defense' is a little off the beaten path for this site. I usually stick to more lighthearted matters, but the Twinkie Defense involved a convicted murderer. The defense itself, though, is quite silly, and it is a wonder that anybody ever had the gall to try it. It is even more surprising that it basically worked. Or did it?…

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What is a Liqueur?

14 Sep 2012 17:11

A liqueur is not the same thing as a liquor. A liquor is a fermented alcohol product that has been distilled. Liquors are often called spirits. Liqueurs, on the other hand, are basically some type of alcohol spirit which has been flavored, and sweetened. The flavor comes from the spirit being combined with different flavoring agents such as fruits, nuts, seed, berries, flowers, herbs, or other ingredients….

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Is Root Beer Really Beer?

10 Sep 2012 23:41

The answer to the question posed in the title is yes, or no, or maybe. Nah, you know what, let's go with yes. Today's root beer is simply a flavored soda. However, root beer was originally made much like a grain based beer. And some recipes even called for hops. Root beer was a brew, just like a beer, but whether you think it can correctly be called beer may depend on how you view the origins of the word….

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