Wednesday, January 28, 2009
I opened up a jar of jalapeño peppers tonight that have been sitting in my cabinet for an indeterminate amount of time. I tried to take one out and it was completely mushy. Ew ew ew ew ew. There was no date printed anywhere on the jar either, so I have no idea how long it was sitting there.
Lesson learned: Don't buy something just because its cheap if you don't plan on using it within a few weeks or months.
I also threw out a jar of Sriracha that has been in my fridge for well over a year now. I was sad to see it go, but I never find enough stuff to put it on and also the inside cover was NASTY. It could have been moldy, but honestly I didn't want to examine it too hard.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Food Safety: A Guide to Expiration Dates on Pantry and Refrigerator Foods
The FITNESS Food Safety Chart
Most expiration dates printed on packages are intended primarily for store employees, so they know when to remove a product from the shelf. They don't necessarily indicate how long the food will keep once you've opened it. To find out whether it's safe to slather your sandwich with the last smidge of mayo that's been in your fridge for over a month, consult our guide.
|After Opening...||It’s Good For...|
|pasta sauce||4 days|
|pickles||1 to 2 weeks|
|yogurt||1 to 2 weeks|
|sour cream||1 to 3 weeks|
|eggs (in shell)||3 to 5 weeks|
|shredded cheese||1 month|
|butter||1 to 3 months|
|salad dressing||3 months|
|cooking oil||4 months|
|jams, jellies||6 months|
|maple syrup||1 year|
Friday, January 23, 2009
I don't have too much time to write at the moment, but here are some of the combinations I enjoy. Please note that I don't ALWAYS use these, but I do pretty often.
French fries - french dressing or bbq sauce; ketchup as a last resort
Broccoli - ketchup or mustard
Kale - tahini sauce(from VwaV)
Brussels Sprouts - mustard
Mashed potatoes - gravy or vegenaise/tofu sour cream/vegan ranch
Cauliflower - mustard
Pirogies - bbq sauce
Pizza - balsamic vinaigrette
That's just a short list, but I can't think of what else I eat at the moment!
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Here's another review of this particular Pad Thai. The person reviewing it gave it a relatively good score, but it was mostly because of the box. Read the comments and you'll see how other people feel about it.
I was also going to review my favorite Pad Thai EVER, but the restaurant that made it no longer makes it. It was offered on the menu at The Living Earth (local health food store that had a cute little cafe inside). They recently renovated the whole place and added a brand new restaurant. While the new place is amazing and classy (I'll review that after I try a few more things), I miss their Pad Thai. It was perfect. They used roasted organic vegetables that were different every time. It was enough for two meals, so I always go to enjoy it more than once. I suppose I could try to recreate it, but I am trying to watch my weight a bit.