How Frozen Pizza Pockets Are Made

I want to believe that the ingredients listed are real, and that additives aren’t necessary.

Keen watchers would notice that no one in the video are wearing gloves.  There’s some pretty good research that shows that gloves in food preparation causes workers to be less clean due to them believing they don’t have to clean / wash as much. I’m willing to believe that also. I’ve worked in some really high end restaurants – nobody wears gloves, ever, and it would be nearly impossible to make fine food doing so.

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Sterilize Baby Bottles Quickly in a Pressure Cooker

I got a pressure cooker long before I started thinking about kids, back when I was just a busy person who loved being able to cook quick weeknight dinners. Then I had a baby and realized that a pressure cooker is even more essential for new parents, with uses I never even thought about before I had an infant.

Although I have other tools in the kitchen that can accomplish the same tasks as the pressure cooker, what makes it unique and particularly useful after having a baby is that it does it all in a lot less time. And during that tumultuous first year, even a little extra time feels like everything.

Here are a few reasons the pressure cooker is a key appliance for new parents.

Source: This Is the One Kitchen Appliance New Parents Should Own

Use Your Cast Iron Pan as a Pizza Stone

Cast iron frying pans are versatile, durable, and remarkably cheap. While pans that have passed down for generations might have a whole lot of sentimental value, you can buy a brand new cast iron frying pan without shelling out much cash. But do you think of using one when you’re not frying up bacon?

Source: 7 Ways to Use a Cast Iron Frying Pan (Besides Frying)

Cast iron pans are also great for making deep dish pizza.  Which isn’t real pizza…. 😉

How Much Do You Have to Workout to Burn Off the Junk Food You Eat?

If you want to be remotely healthy, don’t eat junk food. It’s that simple. Because it’s really not worth it (oh but it is, sometimes) when you try to burn off all those bad calories you just ate. Think about the exercise! Think about the weights! Think about the cardio! Think about all that when you’re about to eat a Big Mac and Fries because you need about an hour and a half of cardio or two hours of weights to whip that out your system.

Source: How much do you have to work out to burn off the junk food you eat?

Calorie counters do not combat sustenance, they combat gluttony.  We are inundated with so much food in our day-to-day lives that it’s hard to give our body exactly what it needs rather than overconsuming. Junk food is particularly good at supplying calories. If you let your body follow its own will, you’ll consume your daily allowance of calories easily. Even when you’re trying to control your calorie intake, we typically overconsume. We’re meant to eat as much as possible in the wild, when food was scarce and we ran 30 miles a day. Now it isn’t, we don’t, and our brains don’t quite get that…

Blotting Pizza with a Napkin Actually Cuts Significant Calories

I’m going to invent a paint-roller type contraption for blotting whole pizzas. Save time by just rolling it back and fourth on the entire pie. 🙂

Benign and universally beloved as it seems, pizza is a food that’s rife with controversy. The New York/Chicago rivalry over whose pizza is “best” will never be resolved, and politicians have been mocked for taking fork and knife to a slice. Perhaps even more contentious than these is the question of pizza-blotting—is it a culinary crime to dab at the grease atop a pizza with a napkin? Either way, there’s some good news for blotters: blotting the oil off the top of pizza does make it measurably healthier.

Source: Blotting Pizza With a Napkin Really Does Cut Down on Calories

I think the optimal time to blot is as soon as the cheese is cooled enough not to stick to the napkin. Clearly more experimentation is needed. Delicious, delicious experimentation.

You Can Turn A Lot of Things Into Sushi. It’s Not Always a Good Idea

Sushi literally means “ vinegar rice”. That is all that is required for it to be sushi. In fact, sushi arose out of a means to preserve food – by pickling it.  For those who think sushi only means fish, sashimi is closer to what you have in mind.

For extra credit: It is not in the strictest sense traditional to serve salmon as sushi, and especially not as sashimi. The reason is that even though salmon are ocean going fish, they spend part of their lives in fresh water, and in Japanese traditional cuisine, sushi and sashimi are not typically considered the appropriate preparation for freshwater fish. Of course in this day and age it is common to find salmon sushi in Japan, you can even find California rolls there, which are about as Japanese as fortune cookies are Chinese.

TLDR: Did you enjoy it?  Like wine, beer, etc. that is all that matters.

That Plastic Thing Inside Your Pizza Box Was Invented 30 Years Ago

If you’re one of the 7 billion humans on this planet who enjoys getting pizza delivered to your door, you have a piece of plastic to thank. A piece of plastic? Yes, that circular plastic thing that goes in the middle of a pie to prevent the pizza from sticking to the top of the pizza box. It’s called a pizza saver. And it was invented 30 years ago on February 10, 1983 when Carmela Vitale got her patent issued for that piece of plastic.

Source: That Plastic Thing Inside Your Pizza Box Was Invented 30 Years Ago

I remember them, but haven’t seen them in years.

Pizza: The Silent Child Killer

Eh. Worth it. Pizza > children

No matter how you slice it, American kids are eating too much pizza.

That’s according to a new study from the Illinois Prevention Research Center, which found that pizza is the second-highest source of calories for kids ages 2 to 18. No. 1 was grain desserts like cookies and donuts.

The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, found that on days that kids and teens eat pizza, they take in much higher amounts of calories, fat and sodium than the days they don’t. And a full fifth of children and adolescents eat pizza on any given day.

Source: U.S. youth eating too much pizza: study

Fat?  As in the stuff we’ve found has no correlation with fat in the blood stream… Same story for sodium – no connection to heart problems.  Kids tend to be more active, so they likely need the sodium.

Stupid metrics aside, the assumption is that pizza is store bought.  There is a choice to toppings – you can certainly make a healthy pizza.  “Healthy pizza” is not an oxymoron…