Category: food

Who drinks the most wine?

Nearly all wine is made from cultivars of only one species of grape, the Vitis vinifera grape. From this species about 4,000 varieties of grape have been developed but only a few are used for vinification (winemaking). Vitis vinifera is used because of its high sugar content which allows, after fermentation, an alcohol content of […]

10 good uses for salt

Just a pinch of it and it’s worth it. We’re talking salt here. Used throughout human history, mentioned often in the Bible, ubiquitous and cheap. Mined from salt rocks and extracted from sea water, salt is… well, the “salt of the earth.” You can’t live without it healthily. At the same time, you can’t live […]

Let’s go large today

In the Middle Ages, sugar was a treasured luxury costing 9 times as much as milk. Ironically, now that sugar is plentiful, sugar-free products are more popular than ever before. Every year, more than $40 billion are spent on imitation fats and sugar substitutes and a further $80 billion are spent on diet programs. The […]

The man who invented peanut butter

Bless him, the man who invented peanut butter. No-one knows his (or her) name simply because although the making of peanut butter can be traced back to almost 1000 BC there is no mention of the name of who made it first. Claims to the modern recipe are easier to follow: New Yorker Rose Davis […]

Going bananas

Bananas are the world’s most popular fruit after tomatoes. In western countries, they could account for 3% of a grocer’s total sales. Bananas consistently are the number one compliant of grocery shoppers. Most people complain when bananas are overripe or even freckled. The fact is that spotted bananas are sweeter, with a sugar content of […]

Eskimos use refrigerators to keep food from freezing

Freezing is one of the easiest, most convenient, and least time-consuming methods of preserving foods. Freezing does not sterilize foods; the extreme cold simply retards the growth of microorganisms and slows down chemical changes that affect quality or cause food to spoil. Eskimos also use refrigerators to keep food from freezing. But why would they […]

Cooking tips to fix those spoils

If a soup or stew is too salty, add raw cut potatoes. Discard them after they have cooked – they will have absorbed the salt. If a soup or stew is too sweet, add salt. If a main dish or vegetable is too sweet, add a teaspoon of cider vinegar. Can’t remember if an egg […]

Seafood health facts

Seafood is the best natural source of Omega-3 fatty acids. Studies based on information supplied by the American Health Foundation indicates that regularly eating small amounts of Omega-3 fatty acids has a beneficial effect by reducing blood pressure and reducing the risk of heart disease. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, one […]

Want Tender Turkey? The Secret Solution

“Tough, tasteless and dry.” Three words you don’t want to hear your family and guests use to describe the turkey at the center of the holiday dinner table, specifically on Thanksgiving. Yet, according to turkey industry experts, those words are often used to address the state-of-the-bird. “The biggest complaint people have about turkey is that […]

Tomato is world’s most popular fruit

The tomato is the world’s most popular fruit. And yes, just like the brinjal and the pumpkin, botanically speaking it is a fruit, not a vegetable. More than 60 million tons of tomatoes are produced per year, 16 million tons more than the second most popular fruit, the banana. Apples are the third most popular […]