Since food is one of the things that we’ve got to have to thrive and survive, cultures all over the world have their very own take on it, much to any gourmand’s delight! There are however, also plenty of tips floating about, many of which should be taken with a large pinch of salt…
With lots of information and misinformation out there, it can be difficult to tell what handy tips are right, and which you should be disregarding. We’ve put together a few of the most common conceptions here to help you to wade through the waffle and get to the facts that work!
Tip: A bowl of water can determine if an egg is fresh
Fact or fiction: FACT
Eggs are a culinary staple practically everywhere, and it is true that modern best before dates can …err a little too well on the side of caution, and it’s not as if farmers’ hens’ eggs have these dates at all! Fortunately, with a bowl of cold water you can quickly and easily determine if you can use still use an egg.
If the egg is fresh, it will sink to the bottom; if it is still edible but not freshly laid, it will stand on one point on the bottom; and if it needs to be thrown away, it will float to the top. It’s pretty simple – learn a little bit more about this method with this wikiHow article.
Tip: Frozen vegetables are better than tinned ones
Fact or fiction: FACT
Both frozen and tinned vegetables are popular – you only have to look at the supermarket shelves that are packed with them to understand it! And they both boast the distinct advantage of not having to be used straight away, since they are of course already preserved.
And whilst tinned vegetables are fine, frozen vegetables are actually better from a nutritional point of view. This is due to the fact that frozen veggies are usually frozen at the source using ammonia refrigeration, then transported already frozen to factories where they remain still frozen, and then onwards to supermarkets and then the consumer. They can even boast more vitamins and freshness than fresh vegetables, and are often cheaper too. You can find out more about the ammonia refrigeration solutions that make this magic happen at Star Refrigeration, and marvel at modern(ish) technology!
Tip: Organic food is superior
Fact or fiction: FICTION (usually)
Organic food is big business these days, with many people proudly proclaiming that they only eat organic. Sure it is in general pricier, but is it always better? From an environmental perspective it is usually, however in terms of nutritional value there is usually no difference between organic and ordinary products.
The organic term can also be open for interpretation too, meaning that not all processes involved in a product have to be organic. In the UK, it generally means 95% of the process or more – find out more by checking out the government info on the subject here.
Remember to think twice before you believe any old food fact – it could after all end up saving you money in the long-run!