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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.

How Do They Make Hollow Chocolate Easter Rabbits?

Every Easter you can buy all sorts of hollow chocolate candies. The funny thing is that the hollowness seems to give them a different taste or texture somehow. Find out how in this article.

Why Does Lettuce in a Bag Stay Fresh Longer Than a Head of Lettuce?

Many of the foods that you buy wrapped in plastic today use what is called modified atmosphere packaging, or MAP. How does this packaging lend to keeping your lettuce fresh? Find out here.

How Do They Make Marshmallows?

I've got three questions: What is a marshmallow? How do they make marshmallows? And why do they call them "marshmallows"?

What is root beer?

What exactly is root beer? Check out this article to learn all about root beer, how it's made, and why it's called "beer" in the first place.

What are homogenization and pasteurization?

When I buy milk at the store, the label says "homogenized pasteurized milk." What are homogenization and pasteurization?

What are genetically modified GM foods?

I've been reading about genetically modified (GM) food. It seems to be stirring up quite a controversy. What is GM food all about?

Can flour explode?

Is flour inflammable? I heard that if you were to burn flour it would explode. If so, what is in flour that makes this happen?

Why do apples and potatoes turn brown when you slice them?

You've just sliced a delicious apple and you turn around for minute and its brown! Find out why apples and potatoes turn brown when you slice them and how to keep them from keeping.

What are hot dogs made from?

You know you love having one at an afternoon baseball game, but do you know what a hot dog is actually made from?

Can water go bad?

People often store water for emergencies, but you might be surprised to find out that water can go bad just like fresh food. How can you store it safely?

How do you make clear ice cubes?

How do I make clear ice like they have in restaurants?

In a kitchen oven what is the difference between the bake setting and the broil setting?

Baking and broiling are completely different ways to cook food, but how? Check out this article to learn what baking and broiling mean and what you use each for.


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