Oct 042017
 

Lots of us like to stock our refrigerators with delicious fruits and vegetables during a trip to the supermarket. Especially in the summer!

Fruits, like strawberries, are refreshing and packed with vitamins and minerals that are good for us and keep us healthy.

Strawberries are filled with antioxidants, vitamin C, folate, potassium, manganese, fiber, and magnesium, according to Organic Facts.

 
The are even said to improve eyesight, brain function, high blood pressure, arthritis, gout, and several cardiovascular diseases. Strawberries are even linked to boosting the immune system and preventing certain cancers, as well as premature aging.

Farmer Shares Brilliant Tips To Keep Strawberries Fresh

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It’s a shame to spend all that money on our strawberries only to find that they get slimy or covered in mold when we reach for them in our refrigerators after having only bought them a few days prior.

It’s a total bummer and a giant waste.

 
Thankfully Hip2Save has shared a brilliant way to make sure that your strawberries stay fresh and last longer in your refrigerator. This hack will extend the life of your strawberries for days, or maybe even a week or two after you take them home and put them in your fridge.

You’ll need:
  • White vinegar
  • Water
  • A Colander or salad spinner
Directions:

Step 1) Pour 1 part white vinegar and 5 parts water into a large bowl. About 1/2 cup of vinegar and 2 1/2 cups of water should do the trick.

Step 2) Soak your berries in the mixtures for a few minutes. The vinegar will get rid of mold spores and bacteria. That’s the stuff that makes your strawberries spoil quicker.

You’ll probably be grossed out by what the water looks like after your rinse your berries in this solution.

Step 3) Dry your strawberries thoroughly. You can place some paper towels into a salad spinner or let them air dry in a colander.

Making sure you remove all of the moisture will prevent them from getting moldy.

Step 4) Place your strawberries into the refrigerator on top of a paper towel.

Don’t worry your strawberries will not taste like vinegar after using this method.

Here are a few other tips that will help your strawberries last longer:
  • The Kitchn says you should keep the stems of your strawberries on until you’re about to eat them. this will prolong their shelf life.
  • Also, if you notice any spoiled berries in your bunch that has mold on them, be sure to immediately remove them. This will prevent the mold from spreading and ruining the rest of them.

Enjoy your delicious tasting, longer lasting strawberries!

 

 
 
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Sep 252017
 

You’ve been munching on insect legs and heads for a long, long time.

Here’s How Many Insects You’re Eating Every Year

Are you brave enough to try roasted grasshoppers? It probably wouldn’t be your first meal that contains insects. Odds are, you’ve been eating bugs this whole time—and you just never knew it.

Yep, you read that correctly. According to a new study by Terro, an ant and insect control company, bugs could be in your breakfast… or lunch… or dinner. After analyzing data from the FDA and FAO, Terro found that insect fragments are found in many of the foods that you’d buy at the grocery store (and it’s even legal!)

The highlights? By Food and Drug Administration (FDA) standards, frozen broccoli can have 60 insects per 100 grams (about 1/2 cup), Terro reports. Technically, the average coffee drinker could consume almost 140,000 insect fragments per year. And beetles are the most popular insects eaten globally; they make up 31 percent of bug consumption.

Sounds scary. But wait! Before you toss everything in your pantry, you’ll want to read the fine print.

While the idea of an insect head squished inside your chocolate bar might be pretty gross, it’s totally harmless. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) “allows for a small amount of insect material that is guaranteed safe for human consumption to pass into our food,” Terro writes. “Otherwise, resource costs would be too unmanageable to eliminate all defects from food production.” Not to mention it’s nearly impossible to remove every single bug from food grown on farms.

Thankfully, there’s a lot of nutritional value in insects, too. Mealworms provide more protein than chicken or salmon, and crickets have almost as much iron as red beef, according to Terro’s research. So chow down—if you can stomach it!

Read Terro’s charts above for even more fascinating facts about your insect consumption. And by the way, not to gross you out, but there might be fecal matter in your coffee.

 
 
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How To Tell If Your Avocado Is Ripe

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Jul 282017
 

It’s an art, not a science—but there are some tricks

How to Tell If Your Avocado Is Ripe

There are few feelings of disappointment quite like that of slicing open an avocado only to realize that it’s not yet fully ripe or—even worse—gone totally black and rotten. So how can you tell if an avocado is ripe before you’ve cut into it? There are a few signs your avocado is ripe and ready to eat, and once you know what to look for, you’ll improve your accuracy immensely when it comes time to choose a ripe avocado at the grocery store. I should note here that avocados are fickle fruit, and these tips to tell if your avocado is ready to eat aren’t foolproof. But knowing they’ll definitely make it easier to know when an avocado is worth the $2.50 at the grocery store versus when it’s time to just give up. 

So here are the three things you should look for when trying to find the perfect avocado.

Note the Color

The most obvious indicator of an avocado’s ripeness, especially from far away, is its color. If the avocado is bright green and glossy, it’s unripe. You’re looking for an avocado that’s darker in color—almost a hunter green with a more matte finish. But if it’s a deep, dark shade of black, or the fruit has brown, flaky spots, it’s overripe—and the inside of the avocado is probably speckled with black, too.

Squeeze It

Color alone, however, can’t tell you if an avocado is ripe or not. Sometimes, an avocado that looks underripe, with green specks coming through the darker skin, is actually just right. That’s why you need to pick up the avocado and gently squeeze it. As the experts from the Haas Avocado Board explain, “If the avocado does not yield to gentle pressure it is considered still ‘firm’ and will be ripe in a couple of days.” The avocado shouldn’t feel totally mushy, though; the fruit should still have a bit of structure. Be careful not to squeeze too hard, though, because if you do, you will bruise the fruit, and that doesn’t help anybody.

Check the Stem

If you’ve got an avocado in your hands that feels soft enough but not too soft, looks dark enough without seeming rotten—and you’re still not totally sure if it’s ripe or not, it’s time to check the stem. Erica, the Seattle-based food and gardening blogger behind Northwest Edible Life, told The Kitchn that the best way to know if an avocado is ripe or not is to take the little stem off the top of the fruit. “If it comes away easily and you find green underneath, you’ve got a good avocado that’s ripe and ready to eat.” The stem of an overripe avocado will also come off easily, but it’ll look black underneath. Meanwhile, the stem of an underripe avocado will be a challenge to wiggle off.

It’ll take some practice to learn how to pick the right avocado, but at least you’ll be able to make a lot of guacamole until you perfect your technique. If you’re still in doubt about whether your avocado is ripe enough, you should err on the side of buying an underripe fruit. That way, you can ripen the avocado at home instead of having to throw away an overripe one, which is really the ultimate tragedy.

 
 
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Mobility Bigots

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May 092017
 

Mobility Bigots

What I’m about to say is going to upset quite a few people. Some of them are my friends. Or perhaps, after reading this, my former friends. But I can’t let that stop me from speaking my mind. It’s time to say out loud what I know in my heart to be true. Vegetarians and vegans are mobility bigots. They believe that if a life form doesn’t move, it’s fair game to be killed and eaten.

They hold a deep-seated prejudice against plants, or, as plants prefer to be called, “We Who Stand Still.”

This hateful philosophy is predicated on the idea that movement equals consciousness, or, if you will, a certain level of sacredness. To put it simply, if it walks, flies, or swims, or comes from something that does, it should not be ingested. If it doesn’t, yum-yum.

Of course when you ask vegetarians and vegans, they say no, they’re only opposed to eating flesh. But what could be more fleshy than a mushroom? Or avocado? Or eggplant? The ugly truth is they are cowards who murder and devour anything that can’t run away. These people, who act so high and mighty, so spiritually elevated, have somehow constructed a style of cuisine that would justify them eating my Uncle Murray, a man known for sitting still for hours at a time, staring at a TV that is turned off. So the next time you order a salad consider this: Prince told us that doves cry. But what if kale does too?

 

The World’s First ‘Clear Coffee’ Is Full Of Caffeine But Won’t Stain Your Teeth

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Apr 282017
 

Made from Arabica beans and water, Clr Cff is free from chemicals, preservatives, artificial flavors, and sweeteners.

The World’s First ‘Clear Coffee’ Is Full Of Caffeine But Won’t Stain Your Teeth

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Caffeine is the most widely consumed drug in the world. And where do most people get their hit of it? That’s right, from coffee. The beverage is what persuades most people to leave their beds in the morning and embark on another day of work or errands. Unfortunately, a downside accompanies the consumption of the beverage: stained teeth.

Fortunately for coffee lovers everywhere, a clear version of the beloved drink has been invented. Not only is Clr Cff packed with caffeine, it is guaranteed to keep one’s pearly whites stain-free. As Mashable reports, the clear coffee (the first in the world!) was founded by brothers Adam and David Nagy.

The drink is made from Arabica beans and water and is produced using a secretive method “which has never been used before.”

Though the new product might make one apprehensive, the brothers guarantee that the drink is free from chemicals, preservatives, artificial flavors, and sweeteners.

The Nagy brothers were inspired to develop the product as they are self-proclaimed “heavy coffee drinkers.” David explained to the Evening Standard:

“Like many other people we struggled with the teeth stains caused by it. There was nothing on the market that would suit our needs so we decided to create our own recipe.”

The World’s First ‘Clear Coffee’ Is Full Of Caffeine But Won’t Stain Your Teeth

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It took three months of trial and error, but the duo eventually succeeded in making a clear coffee which reportedly tastes like cold brew-style coffee. Each bottle contains about 100 mg of caffeine, which is just slightly more than a conventional cup.

The clear coffee – which is best served chilled – is presently available on shelves at Whole Food Markets and Selfridges & Co in London. We expect the product will soon be available worldwide, however. After all, coffee is great, but being able to drink the beverage and maintain white teeth is even better.

Learn more by visiting the Clr Cff website, Instagram, and Facebook.

Two brothers created Clr Cff, the world’s first clear coffee.
The World’s First ‘Clear Coffee’ Is Full Of Caffeine But Won’t Stain Your Teeth

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With 100 mg of caffeine per bottle, it will keep one energized but won’t stain teeth.
The World’s First ‘Clear Coffee’ Is Full Of Caffeine But Won’t Stain Your Teeth

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The World’s First ‘Clear Coffee’ Is Full Of Caffeine But Won’t Stain Your Teeth

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Clr Cff is presently available in London…
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…but we expect it will be available internationally soon.
The World’s First ‘Clear Coffee’ Is Full Of Caffeine But Won’t Stain Your Teeth

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Future Peeps Flavors

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Apr 162017
 

10 Future Peeps Flavors That Are Totally Real

10 Future Peeps Flavors That Are Totally Real

Easter can get a whole lot better with Chardonnay Peeps!

From Bon Appétit:

This is the way the world ends: Not with a bang, not with a whimper, but with a Peep. The Pennsylvania-based Just Born company has been producing this Easter basket staple for more than 60 years. They currently churn out 2 billion Peeps annually. That’s about six Peeps for every American—more than enough to trigger a bout of corn syrup-induced narcolepsy.

These irresistible marshmallow candies traditionally resemble chicks and bunnies. Once upon a time, they came in just one flavor: sugar. But in recent years, the Peeps product line has multiplied like (squishy, tooth-achingly sweet) rabbits. Now you can choose from tempting varieties like Sour Watermelon, Fruit Punch, Blue Raspberry, Cotton Candy, Bubble Gum, Party Cake—not Birthday Cake, never Birthday Cake, how dare you—Sweet Lemonade, dark chocolate-dipped Blueberry Delight, and ganache-filled Triple Chocolate. (This to say nothing of non-edible Peeps merch like jewelry, earbuds, socks, sidewalk chalk, toddler-sized bucket hats, adult-sized bucket hats, and three-foot-tall bunny plushes.)

What unearthly confections will Just Born deliver into this realm next? Consider this a visit from the Ghost of Easter Future.

Doritos Locos Peeps

Orange-stained fingers aren’t just a symptom of certain chips anymore. Now sweets can ruin your white furniture, too. Besides, it’s high time Taco Bell expanded its dessert offerings beyond the Caramel Apple Empanada. (Coming in 2018: Mountain Dew Baja Blast Peeps.)

Chicken Nugget Peeps

If you stick a pair of beady wax eyes onto a humble McNug, you’re 80% of the way to a Peep as it is. Of the four standard nugget shapes, I’d recommend the boot—which vaguely resembles a baby bird, if you squint and/or wish hard enough—over the bell, ball, or bone.

Dayquil Peeps

A multifunctional treat in an appropriate neon-orange shade. (Do not operate heavy machinery after consuming this Peep. Do not exceed four Peeps within 24 hours.)

Activated Charcoal Peeps

An absorbent pitch-black—well, charcoal-black—Peep that’ll remind you of a s’more gone horribly wrong and may help combat diarrhea and gas, which seems fitting.

Sriracha Peeps

Given that there’s already a rooster on the bottle, a hot sauce-infused Peep seems like a logical next step. Better yet, you can film your oblivious children taking a bite of the bright-red chick (tell them it’s red velvet—which, yup, is already a Peeps flavor) and send the footage into Jimmy Kimmel Live for an inevitable prank segment.

Wheatgrass Peeps

Finally, you can justify blending Peeps directly into your smoothies. Such is the magic of wellness.

Chardonnay Peeps

A plummy, oak-aged chick with notes of pear and corn syrup. Perfect for the parents of sugar-crazed children on Easter morning.

Salt and Vinegar Peeps

Why shouldn’t your favorite Easter treat be as high in sodium as it is in sugar?

Glazed Easter Ham Peeps

Comes complete with miniature Peeps-sized cherries and pineapple rings.

Almond Peeps Milk

Springtime has heralded the arrival of Peeps Milk in the more adventurous of supermarket fridges for a few years now, in fresh-from-the-dairy flavors like Eggnog and Strawberry Créme. But why shouldn’t the lactose intolerant among us be able to enjoy diabetes in its purest liquid form?

Pumpkin Spice Peeps

I wrote “Pumpkin Spice Peeps” as a joke (goes perfectly with a pair of marshmallow-soft Ugg boots, am I right?), but I have since discovered that they are real. Very real. Pumpkin Spice Peeps are an actual product, released alongside Caramel Apple and Candy Corn as part of an autumn-themed Peeps line. Just Born, you have bested me. I am dead, and you may take my bones and boil them into gelatin.