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Uses for Salt: Cooking Tips

Salt has more jobs in cooking than being an ingredient in recipes. It can perform miraculous tricks for improving flavor, preserving food, and salvaging a cooking disaster. Learn salt's diverse roles in the cooking process.

Uses for Vinegar: Cooking Tips

Vinegar has many jobs to do in the kitchen. It can improve flavor, preserve food, fill in for missing ingredients, and even make food look better. Learn about vinegar's uses in the kitchen.

How much does the average person eat in two years?

How much does a person eat in two years? A trip to Mars is supposed to take six months to get there and six months to get back, and with perhaps a year spent on the planet, how much food would the ship have to carry for each person?

What are calories? How are they measured in food?

I read labels on food packages and always see the number of calories listed. What are calories? How are they measured in food?

What is the difference between espresso and drip coffee?

The main differences between espresso coffee and drip coffee are the fineness of the grind and the brewing time. Read this article to learn about the differences between drip and espresso coffee.

What is mayonnaise?

Mayonnaise is a thick, creamy sauce or dressing that is made of oil, egg yolks, lemon juice or vinegar, and seasonings. It's not the same as salad dressing, which doesn't contain egg yolks and is generally sweeter than mayonnaise.

Why do eggs turn hard when you boil them?

Eggs are rich in protein, especially the egg whites. It's this protein that causes eggs to become hard when boiled. Learn just how exactly this process happens.

How can you make a wine glass sing?

Read this article to find out just how can you make a wine glass sing with video instructions and more.

Why do people tap on soda cans before opening them?

Ever wondered why people tap on soda cans before opening them? They do this to avoid a soda can explosion, but does it really help or is it a myth?

Where did the potato chip come from?

You know you love the salty goodness of a potato chip, but where did the potato chip come from? Learn the history behind this salty treat.

How do self-cleaning ovens work?

Self-cleaning ovens use a temperature cycle to burn off spills leftover from baking, without the use of any chemicals. Learn more about self-cleaning ovens and what to use it for.

Why do onions make you cry?

As the saying goes, there's no use crying over spilled milk. But many of us shed tears over onions. What prompts this weird physiological reaction?

How do brewers measure the alcohol in beer?

How do beermakers know how much alcohol is in the beer? And what is the difference between percent alcohol by volume and by weight?

How does olestra work?

Olestra is a synthetic fat used in certain food products. Find out what it's made of and whether it's safe for you.

Where do salad dressings get their names?

I've enjoyed Thousand Island salad dressing for years, and I've always wondered how it got its name. For that matter, how did ranch dressing get its name? Is French dressing really from France? And what is in those dressings?

Why do Wint-O-Green Life Savers spark in the dark?

My friend told me that Wint-O-Green Life Savers throw out sparks when you bite them in the dark. We stood in a closet, she bit down on a Life Saver and it was true! Where do those sparks come from? What makes the wintergreen flavor so special?

Why is a Popsicle called a quiescently frozen confection?

Ever wondered why a popsicle is called a quiescently frozen confection"? Confused as to what quiescently frozen confection even means? Find out your answers to these questions.

How are coffee, tea and colas decaffeinated?

I love decaffeinated coffee, but I've always wondered how they get the caffeine out of a coffee bean. How are coffee, tea and colas decaffeinated?

How does the widget in a beer can work?

When I open a can of Guinness or some of the other upscale beers from Europe, I notice that a plastic ball shaped widget inside the tin releases gas to aerate the beer. How does this work?

Why is it called a hamburger when there is no ham in it?

Why is it called a "hamburger" when there is no ham in it? Find out the answer to this meat mystery here.

How do kosher foods work?

When a food is labeled as Kosher, it means that the food has been prepared in accordance with the rules of food preparation set forth in the old testament of the Bible and formalized in Jewish law.

What is a Rice Krispy? What is it made out of and how do they make it?

Ever wanted to know what a Rice Krispy is? Read this article to find out what Rice Krispy is made out of and how they make them.

How much sugar do they really put in soft drinks?

You know soda pop isn't the greatest drink to consume, but do you know how much sugar they really put in soft drinks? Find out the answer here.

Why do they add iodine to table salt?

Whenever I buy salt (or even get it in little packets at a restaurant), it says that it is "iodized". What is "iodized", and why?

How do they make Fortune Cookies?

Fortune cookies are one of those things that entertain and amuse almost everyone, but how are fortune cookies made? Learn about it in this article.


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