Vegetable Shortening

Vegetable Shortening: History, Flavor, Benefits, Uses

Vegetable shortening was invented by Procter & Gamble in the early 20th century to be a solid cooking fat that contained little or no water. Its predecessor was refined lard, inferior lard adulterated and softened with cottonseed oil. Vegetable shortening was made with a similar process to one used for …

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Cottage Cheese

Cottage Cheese: History, Flavor, Benefits, Uses

Cottage cheese is a fresh cheese, which means that it is made without aging it. Cheesemakers use a lactic acid starter to make the curd. Cottage cheese is made by draining the curds without pressing them to make a solid curd. The curds are then washed. The whey is retained, …

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Cream Cheese

Cream Cheese: History, Flavor, Benefits, Uses

Cream cheese was first made in Europe, not in the city of Philadelphia, as is commonly believed. The first version comes from Normandy in France, where it was called Neufchatel cheese. This original French cream cheese had a semi-soft, crumbly consistency. Cream cheese was first documented in 1583 but may …

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Greek Yogurt

Greek Yogurt: History, Flavor, Benefits, Uses

Greek yogurt is a term for strained yogurt. Yogurt is one of the oldest foods in history; historians believe it to have been a Mesopotamian invention from around 5000 BCE. Yogurt is made from milk that has been cultured, which means that special bacteria has been added to it, and …

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Capers: A Flavorful Bud

Capers are believed to be native to the Mediterranean and Western Asia but can be found growing in parts of Africa as well.  They are the unopened buds of the caper bush and are different from caper berries, which are the fruit of the same bush. The food that we …

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