While there is not a single definitively favorite food in the United States, top 10 lists compiled through the years are consistently topped by hamburgers. From entrees and desserts to soft drinks, Americans have a definite love of foods heavy in fat and sugars.
Spicy foods contain a substance from chillies called capsaicin. Capsaicin stings taste buds, and milk binds with the hot capsaicin oils to disperse them. Cold water is not effective to mitigate spiciness because water-based liquids spread capsaicin and likely increase the burning sensation.
Buttermilk tastes creamy and tangy; it is similar in taste to plain yogurt. If it tastes bitter, then it is spoiled. Buttermilk is a cultured dairy product that provides a level acidity to recipes that call for it.
The average alcohol content of beer by volume is between 4 and 6 percent. Low-alcohol beers such may have 0.5 to 2 percent alcohol by volume, while stronger beers may have up to 12 percent.
Master Cleanse is a juice fast that involves drinking a concoction of lemon juice, cayenne pepper, maple syrup and water, for a period of ten days, according to Natural News. The Master Cleanse detox diet was developed by Stanley Burroughs over 50 years ago, as a means to detoxify the human body of toxins acquired from food and the environment.
A bottle of champagne holds approximately 25 ounces. Champagne is traditionally measured in milliliters, and that is the unit that will be on the bottle's label.
An unopened bottle of nonvintage champagne stays good for three to four years. A bottle of unopened vintage champagne stays good for more than 20 years.
Blanching is the process of immersing fruit and vegetables first in boiling water, or steam, and then in very cold water to preserve or freeze the produce. It cleans produce and also helps reduce any bitter flavors. It makes peeling produce, such as tomatoes and peaches, easier and helps them retain their nutrients, color and flavor even when they are frozen.
There are various side dishes that complement fried fish, including vegetables, potato dishes, beans and salads. French fries are one of the most popular accompaniments to fried fish; the combination is known as fish and chips.
Simmering a dish on a stovetop generally requires the burner to be set at the lowest setting. A simmer is just below a boil at approximately 185 degrees Fahrenheit and is identifiable by bubbles slowly reaching the surface of the liquid.
Shepherd's pie is a simple casserole made of meat, mashed potatoes and fresh vegetables. This versatile oven-baked dish originated in England, and is considered comfort food.
Infrared cooking is healthy. According to HowStuffWorks, infrared heat has been a naturally occurring type of heat since the beginning of time. Infrared rays fall between microwaves and visible light on the electromagnetic spectrum and humans typically interpret them as heat rather than light.
An easy Caesar salad recipe consists of fresh romaine lettuce, olive oil, anchovy paste, lemon juice and Parmesan cheese. The salad makes a great side dish or an entire meal when grilled chicken breast slices are added.
Chocolate originated from Mesoamerica, where it was used by the Mokaya people as long ago as 1900 B.C. However, most ancient users of chocolate enjoyed it as a bitter drink. The Spanish developed the idea of chocolate as a sweet.
India is the largest producer of chickpeas, contributing approximately 70 percent of worldwide production. India, Turkey and Mexico are the top three exporters, with over 75 percent of worldwide exports.
As of 2014, eggs belong to the protein food group as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture nutritional guide, MyPlate. This guide replaced the long-standing food pyramid diagrams in June 2011.
A sunflower seed is not considered a nut, but a seed. Sunflower seed products are occasionally processed in the same factory as nuts and therefore may contains traces of nuts.
According to EatByDate, homemade JELL-O lasts between 7 and 10 days in the refrigerator. JELL-O needs to be stored properly to preserve freshness and flavor. It is best to store JELL-O in an airtight container to avoid cross-contamination from other foods or moisture.
Lychee, also known as litchi, is a strawberry shaped fruit that tastes similar to grapes, strawberries and watermelon combined. Ripe lychees are sweet and flavorful.
There are six teaspoons in 1 U.S. fluid ounce. The U.S. fluid ounce is also equivalent to 2 tablespoons, 1/2 U.S. cup and 1/16 U.S. pint.
A dry ounce is equivalent to 2 tablespoons. The dry ounce is also equal to 1/8 cup and 28.3 grams. These simple conversions are helpful to know when cooking because the measurements indicated in a recipe can vary depending on where the cookbook or resource is published.
Butter is available in 1-pound solid blocks, according to the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board. This is usually what is meant by a "block of butter." Butter is more commonly sold in sticks, with four sticks packaged together to total 1 pound.
Typically, a sprig of thyme yields between 1/4 and 1/2 teaspoon of leaves. This range occurs because a "sprig" indicates one branch or shoot of a plant, and there is no exact size for this.
One medium lemon produces about 2 to 3 tablespoons, or 6 to 9 teaspoons, of lemon juice. Five to six lemons produce about 1 cup of lemon juice.
When measuring by the egg only, a single medium egg is equal to a large egg for recipe use, according to About Food. The ratio changes as larger amounts of eggs are required, with five medium eggs needed to equal four large eggs.