35 Random & Crazy Food Facts That You Might Not Know

Food Facts

I love finding random Food Facts! I swear it even makes my grocery shopping more interesting. So here are some that you might not know!

  1. Apples, pears, cherries, plums and strawberries belong to the rose family. See my post regarding the fact that bananas are considered berries. (whaaaat??!)
  2. Pound cake got its name from its original recipe, which called for a pound each of butter, eggs, sugar, and flour.
  3. Store bought 100% “real” orange juice is 100% artificially flavored.
  4. Chocolate was once used as currency. (Of course! I bribe my kids with it all the time.)
  5. A Cinnabon® Classic has less sugar than a 20-oz. bottle of Pepsi. (I am still going to eat them, Yum!)
  6. Humans are born craving sugar. (I still blame my mother for my beyond normal sweet tooth.)
  7. Peanuts aren’t nuts, they’re legumes. Which basically means they are beans! (Think of that when you’re at the ballpark next!)
  8. Yams and sweet potatoes are not the same thing.
  9. Chuck E. Cheese pizza restaurants were created by the inventor of the Atari video game system, Nolan Bushnell. (This has me rethinking my childhood, I was always obsessed with both!  And kinda still am.)
  10. Apples float in water, because 25% of their volume is made of air. ( I knew it!  Bobbing for apples is fixed!!)
  11. The popsicle was invented by an 11-year-old in 1905. (Yeah!…Because kids are brilliant!)
  12. One of the most hydrating foods to eat is the cucumber, which is 96% water.
  13. There are 7,500 varieties of apples grown throughout the world, and if you tried a new variety each day, it would take you 20 years to try them all. (Mind Blown)
  14. Ketchup was sold in the 1830’s as medicine. (If prescribed with French fries, it almost makes everything better.)
  15. Dry swallowing one teaspoon of sugar can commonly cure hic-ups. (So gonna try this!)
  16. In Kentucky, it is illegal to carry an ice cream cone in your back pocket. (Uhmmm……..???)
  17. The fear of cooking is known as Mageirocophobia and is a recognized phobia. (I wonder what the fear of washing dishes is called?)
  18. Every time you lick a stamp, you consume 1/10 of a calorie. (This is why, I love email. I’m not wasting my calories!)
  19. The ’57’ on the Heinz ketchup bottle represents the number of pickle types the company once had. (57 types of pickles? Really?)
  20. Worker Honeybees must visit 2 million flowers to make one pound of honey. (Yet they always manage to sting me when they are supposed to be working.)
  21. In the United States, lettuce is the second most popular fresh vegetable.
  22. Grape growing is the largest food industry in the world as there are more than 60 species and 8000 varieties of grapes. (Because WINE is so important!)
  23. The average person eats eight pounds of grapes each year. (How many do we drink?)
  24. When cranberries are ripe, they bounce like a rubber ball. (My boys must not learn this. But I  however, am totally going to try it!)
  25. There are more than 10,000 varieties of tomatoes.
  26. In 2001, there were more than 300 banana-related accidents in Britain, most involving people slipping on skins. (And here I thought this only happened in cartoons.)
  27. If you want to speed up the ripening of a pineapple, so that you can eat it faster, then you can do it by standing it upside down (on the leafy end). (I tried this, but I had to prop it up with almost everything in my kitchen, pineapples do not care to be turned upside down.)
  28. A watermelon is over 92% water by weight.
  29. A row of corn always has an even number. (Of course I had to check, it’s true! Though people did look at me funny in the grocery store.)
  30. 16 billion jelly beans are made for Easter. stacked end to end, the jelly beans would circle the globe nearly 3 times! (If someone actually does this, I call dibs on Missouri!)
  31. Egg yolks are one of the few foods that naturally contain Vitamin D.
  32. Frank Mars invented the Snickers chocolate bar. He named it Snickers after his favorite horse. (So glad his horse wasn’t named Daisy or Billy Bob, that would have just been weird.)
  33. The M’s in M & M’s stand for ‘Mars & Murrie’, the co-creators of the candy.
  34. Twinkies originally had banana flavored filling, but switched to vanilla when World War 2 bought the banana trade to a halt.
  35. The pumpkin originated in Mexico about 9,000 years ago.

Well there you go!

Enjoy your day!

-Jaye

Sources:
via http://www.thefactsite.com/2012/02/100-random-food-facts.html/4 &
viahttps://www.buzzfeed.com/justinabarca/food-facts-that-will-blow-your-mind?utm_term=.mlpWvgOD8#.mfYe0O6nZ

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t Toss Your Vanilla Beans

Vanilla bean sugar

I am trying to switch my blogsite over to a newer site design, so I apologize for my lack of posts. Nevertheless, I decided to pop up a tip post this morning.

Many people do not realize they can purchase entire vanilla beans for enhanced flavoring in baking. The inside of a vanilla bean holds pure magic. These skinny little beans can be purchased at most grocery stores.  McCormick® Spice Company sells them in a bottle in your herb and spice aisle at local grocers but if you are unable to find them, here is a link to purchase them online Madagascar Vanilla Beans.

I cannot tell you how many vanilla beans I’ve tossed after scraping clean their yummy centers. It killed me, they smelled so delicious!  Finally, I came across a tip that basically called me out. I was a “Vanilla Bean Waster”. <—-Is that even a word?

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9 Reasons Why Drinking Lemon Water Is Good For You

 

  1. It is a GREAT source of potassium
  2. It gives your immune system a boost
  3. It aids in your digestion
  4. It helps cleanse your system
  5. It helps with acne prone skin
  6. It reduces Inflammation
  7. It The more H2O the less caffeine Right?
  8. It helps with weight loss
  9. It aids in fighting viral infections
  10. It helps you win the lottery……(nah, just keeping you on your toes)

Lemons are packed like a clown car with nutrients, including vitamin C, B-complex vitamins, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, and fiber. (Fun fact: they contain more potassium than apples or grapes!)per LifeHacks.org

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A Quick Tip For Keeping Sliced Apples From Browning and A Yummy Recipe

Braeburn Apples

Braeburn Apples, excellent for cooking

I make caramelized apples as a side dish to pork or chicken. It is also an easy topping for ice cream. My kids love them and they are soooo easy!

Whenever I am getting ready for a tailgate, barbecue or dinner and know I will inevitably be running crazy, I prefer to do any prep work before I actually need to start cooking.  A friend shared this tip with me one day when I was making a huge batch of Chicken Salad, which required diced apples. Whenever I sliced my apples early before cooking them, they always without fail turned brown. Still delicious but not very pretty.

A Crazy Tip For Keeping Sliced Apples from browning

After slicing and/or dicing apples for a dish; to keep them from browning pour Sprite® or any lemon-lime soda of your choice over the fruit and pop it into the fridge.  If you need the fruit to remain  crunchy, throw some ice cubes in. Easy, right? Who would’ve thought? Not me, but it works every time!

Caramelized Apples

Caramelized Apples

 

Caramelized apples

Ingredients for caramelized Apples

  • 4 Apples (any good cooking apple, such as Braeburn or Granny Smith)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter or margarine
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon (optional)

Directions for Caramelized Apples

  • Peel the apples and cut into quarters. Remove the cores and cut quarters into 1/2″ thick slices.
  • Cover the apple slices with Sprite® or any other lemon-lime soda to prevent browning. Add ice cubes to keep them crunchy.  Once you are ready to use them, drain the apples and pat them dry with a paper towel.
  • In a large skillet, heat your butter until it is bubbling.
  • Add the apple slices to your skillet and continue to cook over medium high heat for approximately 5 minutes or until tender crisp and beginning to brown. Turn several times to brown evenly.
  • If you using cinnamon*, mix the brown sugar and cinnamon together completely with a fork.
  • Add the brown sugar* and continue to cook until sugar has melted and started to caramelize.
  • Apple slices should be tender. Serve as a side dish or over ice cream while still warm.

A Guide To Picking, Ripening, & Storing Avocados

How to Pick Avacados

Florida Haas Avocados

An avocado is actually a tropical fruit, yes, a fruit. Even more mind blowing???? Wait for it… an avocado is actually considered a berry! Okay, I realize this might not be as exciting to you as it is to me (I realize I am clearly food geeking out) but I just recently found out the same information about a banana, and I am still processing it. A Banana is a berry? Yes it is. Here’s my link for a quick 1 minute read. They lied to you about strawberries too. ijs

Back to avocados. Avocados are grown mostly in California and Florida and can be anywhere from a bright green color to a dark purplish-black color. The inside fruit can be a buttery yellow color or a brighter green color. The texture of the fruit is luscious and creamy once perfectly ripened.

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