So I got bored one day and decided to watch some videos. This is what I learned:
- Cheese is the most shoplifted food.
- Honey stays fresh for over 3,000 years
- Pineapple is not a single fruit. Its a group of berries fused together.
- The stickers on fruit & vegetables are totally edible.
- McDonald's and Taco Bell both started off as hot dog stands.
- A microwave uses more electricity just to power its clock, then it uses to heat up food.
- The inventor to Chocolate Chip Cookies sold her recipe for a lifetime supply of chocolate.
- The amount of sugar an average American consumes in 5 days is more than the average American consumed in an entire year, 200 years ago.
- German Chocolate Cake is not German, it was named after Sam German, an american.
- Eggs sold in the US would be illegal in the UK and vice versa due to the washing process used.
- Before refrigerators were invented people put frogs in there milk to keep it fresh.
So I did some research and this is what I found:
- A survey done done in 2011 revealed that cheese was the most shoplifted item in the world. Close behind that came fresh meat, candy and infant formula.
- The first comes from the chemical make-up of honey itself. Honey is, first and foremost, a sugar. Sugars are hygroscopic, a term that means they contain very little water in their natural state but can readily suck in moisture if left unsealed. As Amina Harris, executive director of the Honey and Pollination Center at the Robert Mondavi Institute at University of California, Davis explains, "Honey in its natural form is very low moisture. Very few bacteria or microorganisms can survive in an environment like that, they just die. They're smothered by it, essentially." What Harris points out represents an important feature of honey's longevity: for honey to spoil, there needs to be something inside of it that can spoil. With such an inhospitable environment, organisms can't survive long enough within the jar of honey to have the chance to spoil.
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- The pineapple is technically not a single fruit, but a sorosis. The fruits of a hundred or more separate flowers grow on the plant spike. As they grow, they swell with juice and pulp, expanding to become the "fruit"
- Fruit stickers are edible! Should you peel them off? Yes. But, if you happen to eat one or two it's not a big deal. They're actually made out of "edible paper" or other food grade materials with that possibility in mind?
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- Taco Bell was founded by Glen Bell, who first opened a hot dog stand called Bell's Drive-In, in 1946. Dick and Mac McDonald originally owned a movie theater during the Great Depression. Struggling to make ends meet, they acquired a $5,000 loan and opened their first food service joint. Interestingly, it was for hot dogs not hamburgers! The name of the famous brothers would go on to signify everything that it means to be American, for better or for worse. The hot dog stand opened in 1937.
- The clock on your microwave does use more electricty then it does to heat up food. If you unplug your microwave when you don't use it, you will see a decrease on your electric bill.
- Andrew Nestle and Ruth Wakefield decided to come up with an agreement. Nestle would print the Troll House Cookie recipe on its package, and Wakefield would be given a lifetime supply of Nestle chocolate.
- Sam German created the mild dark baking chocolate in 1852. The company name the chocolate in his honor - "Baker's German's Sweet Chocolate." The first published recipe for German's chocolate cake showed up in Dallas newspaper in 1957 and came from a Texas homemaker. The cake quickly gained popularity and its recipe together with the mouth-watering photos were spread all over the country. America fell in love with German Chocolate Cake.
- The standards specify that American eggs must be washed with an odorless detergent and water that is at least 90 degrees and a minimum of 20 degrees warmer than the internal temperature of the egg. The eggs must then be thoroughly dried. This last step is where a lot of the controversy arises. A completely dry egg is almost completely impervious to bacteria, but even a thin layer of moisture facilitates the flow of bacteria into the egg. The health officials in Europe are worried that washing eggs may do more harm than good, fearing that the drying process won't be meticulously carried out every single time.