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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

Good to the Last Drop: Did Teddy Roosevelt Coin the Slogan for Maxwell House Coffee?

20 Sep 2013 17:21

Maxwell House coffee was developed by Joel Cheek and his partner Roger Nolley Smith in the late 1800's and first served in a fancy Nashville hotel in 1902. That hotel was named the Maxwell House. Cheek approached the food buyer for the hotel, Mr. Bledwell, and asked him to try out 20 pounds of the coffee, a blend of coffees chosen for flavor and balance, on a trial basis.

The hotel served the coffee to their guests, ran out, and went back to their regular coffee. After receiving numerous customer complaints about the drop in coffee quality, Mr. Bledwell was informed by the chef that Cheek's coffee was just better coffee than their regular beans, so the hotel bought the new coffee from Cheek from then on, and allowed him to use their name for the coffee after a six-month trial….

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What Does the Term "Proof" Mean in Alcohol Liquors?

19 Sep 2013 14:18

A liquor is any alcoholic beverage that is produced by distillation. Many liquors, such as whiskey, vodka, rum, gin, and tequila list the alcohol content of the product in terms of a its proof. The proof is a scale used to measure the amount of alcohol in a liquor. The scale goes from 1 to 200. In the United States, the actual alcohol content, by volume, is half of whatever the proof number reads, so that a 200 proof liquor is 100% alcohol and a 100 proof liquor is 50% alcohol by volume. In other words, the proof is exactly twice the percentage of alcohol that the liquor contains. A liquor that is 200 proof, by this scale, is considered an absolute alcohol and a 100 proof liquor is considered a proof spirit….

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Mint is the Most Important Cooking Herb

27 Aug 2013 20:34

Bet you didn't know that mint, when it comes to cooking, is the biggest herb going. You can hardly make a dish calling for fresh herbs without using some mint….

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What is the Real Origin of the Word Barbeque?

01 Jul 2013 23:34

The origin of the word barbecue is as foggy as the style of cooking itself seems to be. Everybody has a different take on just what barbeque is or is not. Heck, we can't even agree on how to spell the word. Is it barbecue, as I've used here? Or is it, barbeque, with a Q? I can't really believe that some people will quibble, and tell us, no, it's bar-b-que or bar-b-cue, with slashes. Who cares? Some barbeque devotees do, I'm sure. But the origin of the word itself is as unclear as the spelling….

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6 Surprising Facts About Bananas

22 May 2013 21:03

Most of use in the West eat a lot of bananas but actually know very little about this exotic fruit or the plant it comes from. Here are some surprising and little-known facts about our favorite fruit….

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