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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:  risullyCooking techniques/web goods&productsRoxana

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.

5 Ways to Stop A Shave Cut From Bleeding Grooming What's worse than a rushed morning shave as a result of over-snoozing? Bloodshed, via razor. If Dad taught you to plug up shave nicks with bits of toilet paper, know there are better, faster home remedies for treating wounds and getting out the door. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 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

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

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 Hangover cure: Pedialyte Freezer Pops are more pleasant than a saline solution IV Photo by PJPhoto69/iStockphoto/Thinkstock Like most people in their 30s, I’ve felt my hangovers getting incrementally worse with each passing year. Whereas once I could imbibe freely without serious repercussions, now a few beers over the course of an evening are enough to result in a headache and dry mouth the next morning. And the summer seems to exacerbate these symptoms—when it’s hot out, lying in bed trying to not move a muscle seems like the only way to avoid imminent death. Always on the lookout for a quick fix, I read with interest a recent profile of musician Jason Isbell, the former songwriter for the Drive-By Truckers, in the New York Times Magazine. Any serious drinker will be familiar with the way I felt the next morning: I knew I ought to drink a glass of water, but I just didn’t want to. This discovery seemed to me to be on par with the discovery of penicillin. Dr. Still, Dr. Drs.

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.

Health Benefits of Chocolate Growing Latest Nutrition, Food & Recipes News Moderate Amounts May Help Heart Health and More, Researchers Find By Kathleen DohenyWebMD Health News Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD March 29, 2012 (San Diego) -- Chocolate is increasingly shedding its reputation as a sweet treat only. More research is uncovering health benefits when the dark stuff is eaten in moderation. At the annual meeting of the American Chemical Society here, a three-hour symposium was devoted to cocoa science and technology. Here is an update on questions chocolate lovers may have. What can chocolate do for your heart health? While some heart benefits of chocolate are solid, others are still under debate, says Eric Ding, PhD, instructor of medicine and nutritional epidemiologist at Harvard Medical School. The studies included more than 1,100 people. "The blood pressure-lowering effect is well known," he says. There is also solid evidence that chocolate can increase HDL or "good" cholesterol, Ding and his colleagues found.

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.

The Period, Our Simplest Punctuation Mark, Has Become a Sign of Anger The period was always the humblest of punctuation marks. Recently, however, it’s started getting angry. I’ve noticed it in my text messages and online chats, where people use the period not simply to conclude a sentence, but to announce “I am not happy about the sentence I just concluded.” Say you find yourself limping to the finish of a wearing workday. we could do that Then you can ring up Papa John’s and order something special. we could do that. Then you should probably drink a cup of coffee: You’re either going out or you’re eating Papa John’s alone. This is an unlikely heel turn in linguistics. It might be feeling rejected. sorry about last nightnext time we can order little caesars Than I am to send a single punctuated message: I’m sorry about last night. And, because it seems begrudging, I would never type: sorry about last night.next time we can order little caesars. “The unpunctuated, un-ended sentence is incredibly addicting,” said Choire Sicha, editor of the Awl.

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

Chocolate on the Brain Biology 2022004 First Web PaperOn Serendip Kristen Coveleskie While thinking of things to put in a gift basket for a friend who was in the hospital, my roommate turned to me with some of her German chocolates and inquired if indeed it was true that chocolate makes a person happy. "It has something to do with endorphins in the brain, right?" she asked me. Chocolate can affect the brain by causing the release of certain neurotransmitters. It turns out that my roommate was correct in her assertion that chocolate affects the levels of endorphins in the brain. One of the more unique neurotransmitters released by chocolate is phenylethylamine. Another interesting compound found in chocolate is the lipid anandamide. Theobromine is another chemical found in chocolate that can affect the nervous system. When examining the effects of chocolate on the nervous system, it is also important to point out that chocolate does not treat all nervous systems the same. References

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