Make Your Own Fine, Seasoned Popcorn Salt at Home

If you’re feeling culinarily adventurous, try stirring in 1-2 tablespoons of Furikake (see note below) before adding the butter.

Why does popcorn taste so darn good? Well, for a start: pyrazines, phenols, pyrroles, carbanols and furans.

Source: Darn Near Perfect Popcorn

  • That also works for pickling salt (same product), or, if you have pickling salt use that for popcorn.
  • Do not use curing salt (it is pink) as that is not supposed to be eaten directly.
  • There’s a product called True Lime (crystalized lime powder) that, when mixed with pickling salt, makes a mind-blowing popcorn experience.

Make Colorful, Tangy Sprinkles Out of Dried Fruit

On a new-year-new-you kick and all about that clean-eating life? God knows I’m not, but I’m all about experimenting in the kitchen and looking into ways to cut out any unnecessary added sugar and preservatives. Enter these technicolor “sprinkles,” made from at-home dehydrated citrus zest and unsweetened, freeze-dried fruit.

Source: Recipe: Sugar-Free Citrus & Fruit Sprinkles

Because there’s no sugar, the flavour will be sour/bitter.

This would be perfect for those that like to buy plain yogurt because they want to avoid added sugars and other ingredients. You could make your own fruit powders using a dehydrator, or your oven on its lowest setting, and then just toss the dust into a salt shaker with some rice to help keep the moisture out and increase its shelf life (but you would probably want to store it in the fridge when not in use).

Make Your Own Salt and Vinegar Chips with Homemade Sodium Acetate

Salt and vinegar potato chips are a polarizing topic; you either love them or loathe them. Living with vinegar haters can make life hard, but with the help of just two extremely common ingredients, your family won’t have to battle it out in the chip aisle.

Source: Make Your Own Salt and Vinegar Chips with Homemade Sodium Acetate

Or make even better ones by making a balsamic or malted vinegar reduction (not to syrup, but only 1/2 to 1/3 reduction).  Apply as necessary 🙂

Researchers Finally Solve The Mystery Of Exactly How Popcorn Pops

Popcorn: it’s equally fun to make and to eat. But just what makes each kernel pop the way it does and what is the ideal temperature for popcorn to pop at? A new study answers all these questions.

“Popcorn is the funniest corn to cook, because it jumps and makes a ‘pop’ sound in our pans,” begin the researchers in their new article in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface. Indeed! But the knowledge about to dropped has only just begun, as the researchers explain that though the basics of popcorn popping are understood, the precise mechanics of the process remain shrouded in mystery:

Source: Researchers Finally Solve The Mystery Of Exactly How Popcorn Pops

Want to test?  I have a recipe for Carnival Kettle style.  Or keep it vegan/vegetarian with some brewer’s yeast.  Just a kernel of knowledge…

20 Filling Foods That Help You Lose Weight

While you might find some of the research that follows surprising, there are no magic potions or super bars on this list. They’re all nutrient-rich whole foods, which a recent study revealed increase calorie burning by roughly 50% compared to processed foods, adds Sass. Eating less without feeling like you’re on a diet and burning more calories? We’ll take it.

Source: 20 Filling Foods That Help You Lose Weight

Of the list, the majority are accessible to those of us on warfarin/coumadin.  Apples, pears, lentils, and leeks are a concern but can be tolerated in small doses without a huge impact.  I don’t see anyone consuming lemons though…  Kimchi was a surprise.

US FDA: Ruining Your Cheesecake and Popcorn with Calorie Counts

The Food and Drug Administration announced sweeping rules on Tuesday that will require chain restaurants, movie theaters and pizza parlors across the country to post calorie counts on their menus. Health experts said the new requirements would help combat the country’s obesity epidemic by showing Americans just how many calories lurk in their favorite foods.

The rules will have broad implications for public health. As much as a third of the calories that Americans consume come from outside the home, and many health experts believe that increasingly large portion sizes and unhealthy ingredients have been significant contributors to obesity in the United States.

…Perhaps the most surprising element of the new rules was the inclusion of alcoholic beverages, which had not been part of an earlier proposal. Beverages served in food establishments that are on menus and menu boards will be included, but a mixed drink at a bar will not, F.D.A. officials said.

…The National Grocers Association said: “Grocery stores are not chain restaurants, which is why Congress did not initially include them in the law. We are disappointed that the F.D.A.’s final rules will capture grocery stores, and impose such a large and costly regulatory burden on our members.”

Source: F.D.A. to Require Calorie Count, Even for Popcorn at the Movies

I agree that having the information can be beneficial, but that information can be used for shaming – which is known not to work.  You need “cheat” days, where it doesn’t matter.  It’s to be a treat, not for every day…