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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

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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How Do They Decide Whether an Egg is Grade AA, A, or B?

05 Mar 2018 01:45

Eggs are categorized into three grades, AA, A, and B based on quality considerations. To determine these grade ratings, eggs are sorted into categories by size, weight and "quality" factors concerning the shell, white, egg yolk, and the internal air cell. Also, abnormalities are looked for, such as the presence of spots of blood, which indicates a fertilized egg, unfit for consumption. Historically, a candling device was used and a similar method is used even today, except with a flashlight and a dark sleeve rather than a specific device. I certainly will not attempt to explain the whole procedure for egg grading, but the inspection consists of using a device, any device, that can "candle" or shine a light on the egg in darkness so that the internal characteristics of the egg can be determined. A few eggs, now and again, are 'broken out' to compare the results with the candling results and determine the "Haugh Unit value."…

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Why Are Some Dishes Not Microwave Safe?

02 Mar 2018 18:48

I mentioned in a previous article that microwaves pass through many of materials we use in them. Yet, if you are an experienced microwave user, you know that not all containers or dishes are microwave safe….

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The Invention Of The Microwave Oven

02 Mar 2018 18:22

A longstanding and peculiar myth about microwave ovens, that microwaves cook food from the inside out, got started at the very beginning of the microwave oven industry. It was based on the observations of Dr. Percy L. Spencer of the Raytheon Corporation….

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Does Anybody Eat Raw Chicken?

01 Mar 2018 21:52

At dinner the other night, my son asked me an interesting question. Why are beef and other meats eaten rare or even raw, but not chicken? While I pointed out that there is some risk of salmonella poisoning from consuming raw or undercooked chicken, requiring a higher temperature to guard against, the simple reason we don't eat raw chicken is that it is nasty. As an answerer on Quora pointed out in response to this same question, take a raw bite of the best piece of beef and the best piece of chicken you can get. You'll understand. You may not like raw beef, exactly, but the raw chicken will likely make you gag….

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