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.
Bottled water comes in sizes as small as 8 ounces per bottle and as large as 2.5 gallons per fridge pack. Purified water may also be bought in 5-gallon jugs for use with commercial coolers in offices and warehouses.
The difference between coffee and latte is that coffee is ground coffee beans run through a filter with water, and a latte is made with unfiltered coffee and warm or steamed milk. Unfiltered, concentrated coffee is commonly known as espresso.
The general ingredients in Kool-Aid include citric acid, calcium phosphate, artificial or natural flavor, ascorbic acid, tocopherols, matodextrin, artificial color and vitamin C. Individual flavors may contain additional ingredients, such as the Blue Berry flavor also containing Blue 1 coloring.
Hot chocolate does not have more caffeine than coffee. The average cup of hot chocolate from Starbucks contains 25 milligrams of caffeine; the average cup of plain coffee from Starbucks contains 415 milligrams of caffeine.
Distilled water and demineralized water are both types of purified water, but they are made with different processes. Distilled water is heated above the boiling point to become water vapor. The vapor is collected in a separate container, leaving the impurities behind. The vapor returns to liquid as distilled water.
Yes, hot chocolate contains caffeine, though not as much as coffee. A 16-ounce serving of Starbucks hot chocolate, for example, contains 25 milligrams of caffeine. In comparison, a 16-ounce cup of iced coffee from Starbucks contains 165 milligrams of caffeine.
The temperature at which one should cook frozen French fries is dependent on a number of factors. In addition to the instructions provided by the maker of the specific product, the temperature of the oven, quantity of fries cooked, consistency of the fries and the variant of the actual product are factors to consider. However, a leading maker of frozen French fries, Ore-Ida, recommends that people cook their fries at 450 degrees Fahrenheit for an ideal consistency and taste.
In order to boil or poach boneless and skinless chicken breast and cook it safely, the chicken should cook in boiling liquid for a period of about 15 to 35 minutes, depending on size. If the chicken is whole, bone-in or with skin intact, the cooking period should extend for that particular cut.
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.
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.
In cooking, celery salt may be substituted by mixing regular table salt with something celery-flavored, such as celery itself; lovage, an herbaceous plant; or celeriac, a lumpy brown root vegetable.
Too much vinegar in a salad dressing can be fixed by breaking off pieces of bread crust and adding them to the dish to soak up the liquid. Once the bread is saturated, it can be removed and discarded and the salad can be re-dressed to taste.
Nondairy creamer is made of hydrogenated vegetable-based fats, high fructose corn syrup, sugar, salt, beta carotene and corn starch. The other ingredients are chemicals: dipotassium phosphate, sodium caseinate, monoglycerides, diglygerides, polysorbate 60, sodium stearoyl lactylate and carrageenan.
Cooking sherry and sherry vinegar, though both derived from the same fortified wine, are different products. While cooking sherry is a wine comparable to Madeira or Marsala, sherry vinegar is a fermented wine, or vinegar, offering the same characteristic acidic or soured note as other vinegars.
A chimichanga is simply a burrito that has been deep fried. Burritos are made by filling large tortillas and folding over all sides, leaving no open ends. Chimichangas are made by following this same pattern, but adding a step by deep frying the burrito before serving.
Baking soda neutralizes the acid in recipes and aids in the leavening process. Once baking soda is mixed with other ingredients and placed into the oven, a chemical reaction creates bubbles of carbon dioxide that expand.
Fresh mint is best stored at room temperature resting in a vase or glass filled with water with the stems attached. Fresh mint can also be frozen if keeping it fresh is not an option.
Yogurt contains beneficial bacteria known as probiotics. Typically, probiotics found in yogurt are from the species Lactobacillus delbrueckii subsp. bulgaricus or Streptococcus thermophilus. These are both bacterial species that thrive in the human digestive tract and promote healthy gut flora.
When substituting applesauce for eggs in a recipe, use 1/3 cup of applesauce for each egg. Alternately, 1/4 cup of applesauce plus 1 teaspoon of baking soda is effective as well.
Typically, a bushel of oysters weighs between 45 and 60 pounds and contains between 100 and 150 oysters. The number of oysters in a bushel varies depending on how big the oysters are. Bushels usually feed between four and six people.
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.
A clove of garlic is one segment of a head of garlic. A single head contains multiple cloves.
A "part" is any type of measurement, such as ounces, jiggers or cups. A part is a ratio cue that allows bartenders to scale recipes easily to make multiple drinks or large batches instead of just one cocktail.
In the United States system of measurement, 6 tablespoons are equivalent to 3/8 of a cup. According to this rule, there are 16 tablespoons in a full cup measure. The English measurement system is comprised of teaspoons, tablespoons, cups and pints.