Food and Recipes

Here is a place for you to play with your food -- literally: enjoy, have fun with and celebrate food -- but don't worry, we'll still help you get dinner on the table every night.

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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.

What is sodium nitrate in processed meats, and is it harmful?

Sodium nitrate (NaNO3) and its close relative sodium nitrite (NaNO2) are preservatives that you find in lots of processed meats. Learn why they add these preservatives to food.

How does popcorn work?

Popcorn certainly is unique, but have you ever wondered how it actually works? Check out this article to learn what makes popcorn pop and more.

What is the big deal about milk? Why do people treat it like some kind of miracle drink?

You see these commercials like "Got Milk?" and "Milk -- it does a body good," and when I was a kid my mother made me drink a quart of milk a day, and doctors recommend that kids drink lots of milk at school, etc.

What exactly is pastrami?

You've been eating pastrami since you were a kid, but you've never really known what it is. Well take a bite out of this article and finally learn the answer to one of your deepest concerns.

What is carrageenan?

I'm a health nut, and I notice that most foods I eat have normal-sounding ingredients except one -- this carton of soy milk I am looking at has water, soy beans, sugar, salt, vanilla and then this stuff called "carrageenan." What is carrageenan?

Ultimate Guide to Low-fat Baking

A fascinating article that explains the techniques and science behind low-fat baking!


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