Why are processed foods bad for you?


Processed foods have been altered from their natural state for safety reasons and for convenience. The methods used for processing foods include canning, freezing, refrigeration, dehydration and aseptic processing. The major health issues with processed foods are the high sodium and the high fructose corn syrup. Too much sodium leads to high blood pressure as […]

Are sweet potato and yams the same thing?


Several decades ago, when orange-fleshed sweet potatoes were introduced in the southern United States, producers and shippers desired to distinguish them from the more traditional, white-fleshed types. The African word nyami, referring to the starchy, edible root of the Dioscorea genus of plants, was adopted in its English form, yam. Yams in the U.S. are […]

How do I cook stew in a slow cooker?


Beef stew is a very good meal for a couple reasons.  It is relatively easy to make, and it’s got a good balance of meat and vegetables, not to mention it tastes great.  This recipe comes straight from my mom’s kitchen! Make sure you get started early; slow cooking is not one of the faster […]

Is freezing recommended for unopened packages of instant maches potatoes until ready to prepare?


Instant mashed potatoes won’t last forever, the novelty of them is convience not long term storage.  If you intend to eat the potatoes in a resonable amount of time freeezing your unopened packages will not be of benefit to you.  One of the effects of the process of making mashed potatoes (cooking, mashing, and drying) […]

What do I do when power goes off while baking beard in my bread machine?


Many bread makers have a power failure backup feature.  This feature will allow your break maker to shut down for up to sixty minutes, then turn back on and continue exactly where it left off.  The feature is cut off at sixty minutes for quality and health reasons.  If you’re using dairy products or other […]

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That maraschino cherries are bleached white and then delicious red dye is added to give them that red cherry glow!

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That dried apricots are brown but chemicals make them that nice orange colour.

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That golden raisins keep their nice golden colour from sulfites.

10 Food Myths


10 Food Myths by Askipedia.com 1. Granola Bars Are Good For Me. Think again!  Most of the tasty granola bars you find at the supermarket come in fancy boxes, with lots of green, pictures of oats, and pictures of healthy looking people in their designer gym duds.  These ‘healthy’ snack bars taste great, so does a […]

What is the best device to use to heat leftover foods quickly, other than a microwave?


Personally I prefer to use a toaster oven to reheat food.  Toaster ovens are little ovens so they do a great job of cooking or reheating, but they’re small it is doesn’t take nearly as long to heat up like a full sized oven would.  They also have timers just like microwaves and while they […]

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