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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

Are Cucumbers Really Cold? Is That Why We Say Cool as a Cucumber?

21 Mar 2018 19:00

Yes, the inside of cucumbers are cooler than their surroundings, but that doesn't mean as much as you think.

If you were to pick up a room temperature cucumber and insert a temperature probe into it, you'd find it to be somewhat cooler than the temperature of the room. You may even find it to be 10 to 20 degrees cooler on the inside. So, cucumbers are cool, relative to their surroundings. It has been suggested that the origin of idiom 'cool as a cucumber' is owed to this fact….

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Why Does Boiling Temperature Decrease at Higher Altitudes?

13 Mar 2018 23:33

As I pointed out in my article about adding salt to water to make pasta cook faster, the boiling temperature of water increases 1° F for every 500 feet climb in altitude. This means, incredibly, that if you boil water on top of Mt. Everest, which is around 29,000 feet, water would boil at around 154° F….

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What is the Difference Between Boiling, Simmering, and Poaching?

13 Mar 2018 23:11

Most of us know what it means to boil a food. We do it with dried pasta when we bring water to a rolling boil and put in the pasta. Even if we reduce the heat of the burner to stop the pot from boiling over, we are still boiling the pasta. But, what does it mean to simmer, or to poach?…

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7 Restaurant Myths Most People Believe

12 Mar 2018 00:15

There are pages and pages of food and cooking myths here on Culinary Lore. Not surprisingly, the restaurant industry is the subject of its own die-hard myths. Some of these are perpetuated by Food TV and celebrity chefs, especially those looking to stand out in the publishing world. Others are promoted by restaurant employees. Here are beliefs about restaurant dining that I've covered on this site….

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12 Cooking Rules You Can Safely Ignore

11 Mar 2018 00:36

There are still a lot of antiquated cooking rules which, due to being repeated on countless websites, may never quite go away. Some of these rules are even repeated by professional chefs. Some are modern and others are quite old. Here are some kitchen rules, covered on Culinary Lore, which you can safely ignore….

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