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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?

Read on...

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 Colander Get Its Name?

18 Nov 2012 19:03

A colander is a perforated bowl, made of stainless steel, aluminum, or plastic, that is used to drain the liquid from pasta, vegetables, salad greens, and other foods. The holes in a colander are large, making it unsuitable for anything but draining away excess liquid from food items that are large enough not to pass through the perforations….

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Which Peppermint Pattie Came first, the Candy or the Peanuts Character?

16 Nov 2012 23:35

Most people would probably assume that Charles Schulz named his Peppermint Patty character after the candy. It would make sense. After all, the candy predates the character by 22 years. Peppermint Patty, whose actual name was Patricia Reichardt, was introduced to the Peanuts strip on August 22, 1966, while the candy was invented by Henry C. Kessler in 19401. Many have assumed, therefore, that Schulz named the character after the product….

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No Elbows on the Table?

16 Nov 2012 15:40

You may have gotten this rule drilled into you as you were growing up. Get your elbows off the table! It's not mannerly to place your elbows on the table, lean forward, and get all comfortable during dinner. What is the origin of this etiquette rule? Is it about formality or something more practical?…

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Do Apples Keep Potatoes From Sprouting?

15 Nov 2012 19:45

According to many food preservation books, as well as cookbooks and magazine articles, yes, apples, when stored with potatoes, will help prevent early sprouting. This information, however, comes from experiments carried out in the 1930's and reported for many years in related articles and books. Current scientific sources would suggest the opposite (update: I was wrong). That is, if apples are stored in close proximity to potatoes, they will cause potatoes to sprout prematurely….

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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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