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Weekly Wrap Up- Why Salt Preserves Meat & Origins of the Potato Chip

In my WWU (Weekly Wrap Up), I compile some of the latest trends in the food industry, breaking news and cool things of interest. It’s all about the baking, cooking and general shenanigans brought to you live from the world wide web.

Here’s this week’s lineup:

Shenanigans: The Struggles of Cooking

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Novices and pros alike share something in common, we all make mistakes. And for the most part, they’re some of the most simple things to remember like preheating the oven. Frustrating as it’s been, we’re all in this together. Read more.

 

Info: Why Salt Preserves Meat

Photo: Chemistryland.com

Photo: Chemistryland.com

As many of us sit down to enjoy our cheese and charcuterie plate, I bet the thought never crossed our mind as to how salt had such a profound effect to preserve what we’re consuming now, months and even years later. Done since ancient times, it’s a time honored tradition of being able to prolong one’s bounty. Now’s the time to wonder and come to a better understanding of salt’s role in preservation. Read more.

 

Gadgets: The Smartest and Most Awesome Grill

Photo: Palate Home, Inc.

Photo: Palate Home, Inc.

Imagine a steak seared to perfection. Everything in your kitchen is lined up to do just that until the dog comes in smelling like a skunk. All good intentions are out the window and your steak is probably overcooked. A new technology has emerged to give your meat perfection without you having to think about it. Synced with your iPad, you setup the type of meat you’re cooking and how you want it done. The grill weighs it and figures out the absolutely perfect ratios of temperature and residual heat to control your cooking. Amazing. Read more.

 

Science: Chocolate Cravings Are Your Fault

Photo: saffronmarigold.com

Photo: saffronmarigold.com

Turns out thanks to a new study, you’re to blame for your chocolate cravings which are hugely due to sugar and fat. Most things we crave nowadays are due to those fat, salt and sugar ratios. But whether or not a study tells me such, my body craves chocolate, as it does for many other people. If it’s actually my brain tricking me into eating more chocolate, then I’ll own up to it being all my own fault and continue on my path to indulgence. Read more.

 

App: NY Times Launches New App

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It’s about time, NY Times! Their app has finally hit “the shelves.” Compiled of more than 16,000 recipes from their archives, it’s a phenomenal arsenal of deliciousness. Such as seen above, my favorite cookie recipe is all thanks to the NY Times, so of course I get a little giddy knowing that theres 15,999 more gems to try. Read more.

 

Product: Prolong Your Bottle of Wine

 

 

Seems like one of the most simple tricks out there, and yet, no one has thought of it sooner. A tiny air balloon can inflate and seal a bottle of wine not allowing air to penetrate any leftovers you have, therefor preserving your delicious bounty. Genius. Learn more.

 

Origins: The Potato Chip

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The potato chip – a simple, yet satisfying crunchy phenomenon. It now even has its own dedicated aisle at the grocery store. How on earth did it become so loved? How long has it truly been around? Learn more.

Written by Tarte Chic

Author Kat Nielsen (formerly Kat Wojtylak) is a creative type with an immense love for food. She maintains a day job handling marketing and brand support to various companies while enjoying her evenings and weekends writing recipes and blogging all about her culinary experiences.

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