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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

Shoplifter Faints From Frozen Food Under Hat

04 Jan 2018 23:24

Did you hear the story about the shoplifter who tried to steal a frozen chicken? He hid the chicken under his hat and then went to wait in the checkout line to buy something cheap. Not sure what he was trying to buy. Maybe it was a pack of gum….

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Flesh-Eating Bananas From Costa Rica?

03 Jan 2018 18:54

There have been many fearful claims concerning bananas. In fact, bananas, due to their exotic origin, had a rocky reception in the U.S., stoking fears and myths, not the least of which was that bananas are hard to digest or undigestable. But perhaps the scariest rumor about bananas was much more recent, that they could give you necrotizing fasciitis, or flesh-eating bacteria….

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How Do They Get the Salt into the Shell of Roasted Peanuts?

02 Jan 2018 22:50

If you wanted to roast some fresh in-the-shell peanuts at home, and you threw them in the oven, you'd be missing one crucial ingredient: salt. Yet, salting shelled peanuts before roasting would surely be futile. The salt would not even stick to the shells, let alone get inside to the actual peanuts….

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How Did Refried Beans Get Their Name?

02 Jan 2018 21:20

Refried Beans are Not Actually Fried Twice, So Why are They Called Refried?

I love refried beans. I do not like the day-old glop they throw on every plate at assembly-line Mexican restaurants. I especially do not appreciate it when my tacos are plunked on top of this glop. But a good refried bean, as a side dish or part of a burrito, taco, or what have you, to me, that is pure comfort food. But I love beans in general. I will eat a big plate of southern-style pinto beans for supper. Since I've made my own refried beans plenty of times, I often wondered about the name….

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Can Eating Too Many Bananas Cause A Potassium Overdose?

02 Jan 2018 00:48

According to the claim "Eating nine bananas in a row can kill you by giving you a lethal overdose of potassium"

Potassium is a good thing. It is also a bad thing. It is an essential element in the human body and a crucial part, along with sodium, of maintaining fluid and electrolyte balance in the body. It is the principal cation inside the body's cells and helps to maintain their integrity. It is a part of nerve impulses, muscle contraction, and adrenal gland function. Too little potassium, called hypokalemia is a disaster for your body. It can lead to high blood pressure, kidney stones, bone turnover, irregular heartbeat, muscle weakness, glucose intolerance, and ultimately, if the deficiency becomes severe enough, death….

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