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Decoding the Secret Language of Food Expiration Dates

Decoding the Secret Language of Food Expiration Dates
Americans tend to harbor dark suspicions about that forgotten can of beans in the back of the pantry, far past its sell-by date. If you’re like most consumers, you probably just toss expired items on the better-safe-than-sorry principle (unless, perhaps, it’s a Twinkie). But there’s a good chance many aged food remains totally safe to eat, according to a new report (PDF) that blames the flawed food-dating system for tons of perfectly edible food getting wasted each year. While many consumers consider the dates printed on foods a hard deadline, they actually indicate maximum quality or freshness, not safety, explains David Fikes, vice president in charge of consumer affairs at the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), a food trade group. While some of those products are donated to food banks, many end up in the landfill. One of the problems, NRDC scientist Dana Gunders says, is that none of the myriad ways foods are labeled actually tell consumers when they should throw out a product. Related:  Cooking techniques/web goods&products

Why you shouldn’t go to the doctor at 10 a.m. on a Friday This mock appointment book shows the most and least popular times for Americans to schedule a doctor’s visit during the week. Overall, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. are the most popular times for any kind of appointment; Tuesday is the most popular day; and Friday at 10 a.m. is the most popular time slot of all. If you’re in need of a checkup, steer clear! The data come from ZocDoc, an online service that uses access to scores of appointment books from across the country to help patients schedule visits more efficiently. A user enters her insurance policy, zip code, and the kind of specialist she wants to see, and ZocDoc shoots back a list of available appointments, which she can book from the site. The patterns revealed by ZocDoc’s scheduling data beg for psychological analysis.

How to Make Bone Broth (and Why Is it So Healthy?) With cold and flu season upon us, you might want to learn how to make bone broth so you can stock up on this superliquid. For those, not in the know, bone broth is stock on steroids (not literally, of course). Back before meat and vegetables came already cut up and wrapped in styrofoam and plastic, our grandparents used to make mineral rich bone broth from bones, scraps and other leftover bits. What Is Bone Broth? Everyone knows what stock is, right? Why Is it So Healthy? Bone broth is rich in vitamins, minerals, good fats and tissue-restorative collagen. Don’t take my word for it though; read more about why bone broth is considered a superfood from The Paleo Mom, the Whole 9 and Wellness Mama. How to Make Bone Broth I make two kinds of bone broth–chicken and beef. Ingredients: 2 pounds of good quality beef bones (I usually get knuckles and rib bones from a local butcher. How-to make bone broth: Place bones in a crock pot. Related on Organic Authority 4 Tips for Super Soup Recipes

Slow Cooker Bone Broth Recipe Asian | Steamy Kitchen In Asian culture, soups and broths are part of everyday meals. A traditional Japanese breakfast would include a bowl of Miso Soup to warm the body. Chinese restaurants feature a long list of house soups, from an appetite stimulating Hot and Sour Soup to even a light broth served after dinner to cleanse the palate and complete the meal. Growing up, Mom always had soup simmering on the stove. Every night, without doubt, there was a Chinese style soup on the table. I’ve tried to emulate Mom, but we’ve got such an active lifestyle that a pot simmering for hours on the stove isn’t feasible. What is bone broth? Bone broth is often gently simmered for 24 hours (or more!) Sure, it’s a trendy thing right now, with restaurants offering drive-through bone broth served in a coffee cup for $9, cookbooks dedicated to the art of bone broths (I highly recommend The Nourished Kitchen Cookbook which features bone broth) and even an entire line of bone broth concentrates that you can buy. Don’t stir.

To wipe deodorant buildup under your arm, use hand sanitizer What's the Difference Between Dutch Process and Natural Cocoa Powder? | Serious Eats [Photographs: Marissa Sertich Velie, unless otherwise noted] There's a kitchen stereotype that bakers are meticulous and measure everything to the gram. They follow directions to the letter, all while savory cooks are throwing food into pots Swedish Chef style. Sometimes I wish I baked like that, but truth be told I often freestyle and substitute. Take, for instance, cocoa powder, which comes in two main varieties, natural and Dutch process. The answer: it depends on what you're baking, but no matter what, the two varieties don't taste the same. So What is Cocoa Powder Exactly? [Photograph: Vicky Wasik] Cocoa powder is the dry solid remains of fermented, dried, and roasted cacao beans. Natural Cocoa Powder If you're making natural cocoa powder, that's the end of the line. Dutch Process Cocoa Powder Disappointingly, this does not mean that it wears tiny wooden shoes. Dutch process cocoa has a smoother, more mellow flavor that's often associated with earthy, woodsy notes. Chocolate Cake

NutsOnline | Premium Bulk & Wholesale Nuts, Dried Fruits & Gift Baskets How to sleep in hot weather 20 August 2012Last updated at 12:29 GMT By Tom de Castella BBC News Magazine Southern and eastern Britain has experienced a mini heat-wave. What's the best way to get to sleep on sticky nights? The hot, humid weather across parts of Britain has made for uncomfortable nights. Humidity is a big part of the problem, making it hard for sweat to evaporate. In places like the US, where powerful air conditioning units are reasonably common in houses in hot and humid areas, it's not so much of a concern. But in places like the UK where it's hot and humid less frequently how should people ensure they get a good night's sleep? Weather expert Philip Eden recommends a technique common in Mediterranean countries. Continue reading the main story Sleep strategies "As a species, we are diurnal," says Dr Malcolm von Schantz, a molecular neuroscientist at the University of Surrey's Sleep Centre. "We have evolved to sleep in a consolidated way during the night, when it is cooler and darker.

Meet The 11-Time World Pizza Champion Photo: Sara Remington You'd be hard pressed to find someone more enthusiastic than Tony Gemignani is about pizza. Tony Gemignani has one jealousy-inducing resume. It's full of phrases like "World Champion" and "Best in America." What are a few general tips to keep in mind when making pizza at home? What are some common mistakes that people make at home? What component is most important when making pizza? Tony Gemignani has racked up an impressive number of trophies related to pizza making and tossing. How does one become the world's best pizza tosser? What’s the coolest experience you’ve had/person you’ve met as World Pizza Champ? Reprinted with permission from The Pizza Bible Servings: Enough dough for one pizza Ingredients: Tiga Recipe Tiga is my slightly more hydrated version of a classic biga starter, which is usually between 50 and 60 percent water.

The Serious Eats Field Guide to Asian Greens [Photographs: Ben Jay, unless otherwise noted] When you walk into the produce section of your local Asian supermarket, you'll probably be greeted by a dazzling but daunting display of unusual greens. They're all great, and easy to cook, but it helps to be armed with some knowledge to tell your shoots from your choys. That's why we highlighted the most common varieties you'll find in Asian groceries with notes on what they are, how they taste, and most importantly, what to do with your haul. AA Choy AA Choy stalks and leaves. Latin name: Lactuca sativaAlso known as: Taiwan lettuce, AA Chop Xin, stem lettuce, asparagus lettuce, celery lettuce, celtuce, wosunFlavor: The leaves are similar to romaine, while the stalks taste a little like cucumber. Back to the full list » Bok Choy Shanghai and baby bok choy. Chinese Broccoli Chinese Celery Chrysanthemum Greens [Photograph: Chichi Wang] Daikon Greens [Photograph: wikioticscan/Flickr] En Choy Fava Greens [Photograph: Lily Chin] Kokabu Greens Malabar Spinach

The Hidden Way to Zoom in Closer in Google Maps Make Fresh Ricotta Gnocchi in Less Time Than it Takes to Cook Dried Pasta Tender, light, flavor-packed gnocchi from scratch in under 10 minutes. [Photographs: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt] More Pasta Essential techniques, recipes, and more! I love gnocchi. For years I worked at a restaurant where one of my duties was to make fresh potato gnocchi every day. But what if I told you that there was another gnocchi? Ricotta gnocchi, potato gnocchi's faster, easier (and I'll say it: tastier) counterpart truly is fast food—you can make the dough from start to finish in less time than it takes to bring a pot of water to a boil. Need proof? Now granted, I've done this a few times (and over a dozen times in the last week alone while developing this recipe), but even if you take, say, three times as long to make a batch of gnocchi as it takes me, we're still talking fresh pasta for dinner in under 30 minutes. Recipes for ricotta gnocchi don't vary too wildly. Here's the method I've developed after some serious testing. Choosing Ricotta Different styles of ricotta The Drain Game Blot dry

27 Ways To Make Your Groceries Last As Long As Possible How to Get in Touch With Loved Ones During a Disaster | Gadget Lab Photo: Alex Washburn/Wired Disasters often strike without warning–and if you have family or friends who are in or near harm’s way, you’re going to want to get in touch. Unfortunately, that isn’t always so easy: Cell signals and land lines can be jammed with the massive amount of calls flowing in and out of an area. And in the case of today’s Boston Marathon tragedy, there are reports that cell service has been shut down altogether. Here are some of the best tips we know for getting in touch, but this is by no means a complete list. If you have tips, please share them with us in the comments. Don’t call. Additional tips: Use a battery case for your smartphone–that thing can’t make it through a whole day when it’s not constantly scanning for a signal. Also, be sure to keep your emergency contact list up to date. Again, please share your tips in the comments below.

Watermelon Radish - Organic Authority Season for Watermelon Radish Available Year Round Watermelon Radish Described The Watermelon Radish – so unassuming from the outside, resembling a parsnip – but slice it open to find a brilliant fuschia core that resembles that of, well, a watermelon. Also sometimes referred to as a Beauty Heart, Rose Heart, Shinrimei, Misato, Asian Red Meat or Xin Li Mei radish, the Watermelon Radish is an heirloom variety of the Chinese daikon. Compared to other radishes, expect these brilliant babies to be a bit milder and sweeter than regular, and much larger, averaging about three inches in diameter. Generally, their flesh is hotter toward the outside and sweeter toward the center, and they lose pungency as they mature (unlike most radishes).Crunchy and sweet, with just a hint of spice and a flavor, this radish is reminiscent of jicama. How to Buy and Store Watermelon Radish How to Cook Watermelon Radish Health Benefits of Watermelon Radish Why Buy Natural and Organic Watermelon Radish

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