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Quiz: Cow or Goat Cheese?

There are more than 1,400 types of cheese the world over, and depending on the region, the milk for a particular cheese might come from a cow, goat, sheep, water buffalo, camel, reindeer, yak, boar, horse or other milk-producing mammal. Cheese making has a crazy long history -- stretching back as many as 6,000 years -- so see if you can guess which animal's milk is traditionally used for each of these particular cheeses.


Can you buy deli meat without preservatives?

Can you buy deli meat without preservatives?

Is it possible to buy deli meat without preservatives? Find out if you can avoid nitrites and nitrates in deli meat at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Why do processed meats spoil so quickly?

Why do processed meats spoil so quickly?

Processed meats can spoil quickly if you don't eat them fast enough. Learn about meat preservatives and the life span of processed meats. See more »

How Dehydrated Food Works

How Dehydrated Food Works

Dehydrated food has a long history. Find out how snacks and other foods are dehydrated and if dehydrated foods are healthy. See more »

How Flavor Enhancers Work

How Flavor Enhancers Work

Flavor enhancers can brighten the flavors of almost any food. Learn how flavor enhancers change how food tastes. See more »

What's vanishing caloric density?

What's vanishing caloric density?

Melt-in-your-mouth snacks deliver deliciousness, but not satiety. Find out about the science behind never feeling full of your favorite indulgences. See more »

Do processed foods have 'bliss points'?

Do processed foods have 'bliss points'?

Chowing down on an entire bag of chips doesn't happen by accident. That snack is designed to be irresistible right to the end. See more »

Who's afraid of pink slime?

Who's afraid of pink slime?

Pink slime mixed with ground beef certainly doesn't make for the most appetizing mental picture. But is it really as bad as it sounds? How frightened should we be? See more »

Sugar, Sugar: Your Crash Course in Artificial Sweeteners

Sugar, Sugar: Your Crash Course in Artificial Sweeteners

Artificial sweeteners are in everything from soda to candy, and most people can't tell the difference between them and sugar. So what's the real deal? See more »

What exactly is Jell-O made from?

What exactly is Jell-O made from?

Watch it wiggle. If you've ever eaten in a cafeteria or attended a cookout or family reunion, chances are good that your dessert and salad options included some form of Jell-O. Hundreds of recipes use Jell-O to create everything from your simple inst ... See more »

How to Make Buttermilk

You want to make buttermilk, but you're not sure how to do it. Learn about how to make buttermilk in this article. See more »