Health Claims

Health Claims

Health claims are statements on food packages that describe the relationship between a food or ingredient and a specific condition or disease. It often demonstrates how a nutrient can help reduce the risk of a certain disease, making the food that contains that nutrient seem appealing and healthy to you, the consumer. Health claims cannot claim to treat or cure a disease. Authorized vs Qualified Health Claims An authorized health claim has been approved by the FDA, and has enough…

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Nutrient Content Claims

Nutrient Content Claims

Nutrient content claims are statements on food packages that describe the amount of a nutrient or ingredient in the food. These claims use words like low, high, free, excellent source, or light. The levels of the nutrient or ingredient in a serving of the food is compared against the recommended dietary allowances (determined by the Food an Drug Administration). This way, we aren’t comparing donuts to cakes and seeing which is “low” in sugar! While you’re out shopping, you’ll probably notice these types…

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Types of Claims on Food Packages

Types of Claims on Food Packages

With so many choices in the grocery store, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by all the claims and labels on packages of food! Some of them might be enticing, or skirting the truth, or maybe just designed to put a pretty picture in your mind. Regardless, most food labels are designed to get you to buy them – they’re a marketing technique! Why bother with all of this stuff? Well, the food industry, especially here in the US, is so…

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Focus on Food – Chicken

Focus on Food – Chicken

Wait – Chicken, like the animal? Yep. At some point in our lives, we realize that the cute little cluckers that we’ve learned about in Old Macdonald’s sing-a-long are the very same ones that we’re eating. Hopefully this isn’t the first time you’re hearing this news…if so, Santa is also…completely and totally real! Obviously! Poultry (including chicken, turkey, geese, and ducks) is a common and well-liked protein source in many diets all around the world. We all know what a…

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Shopping Seasonally

Shopping Seasonally

The season has just changed over from summer to fall. Gone are the days of fruit salads, slices of watermelon, and dipping cucumber to keep cool. And here comes the onslaught of pumpkin this and pumpkin that. Apple picking. Winter squashes. Cranberries. Aside from staying cool and warming up, there’s a reason we eat certain foods with certain seasons. It’s more than just the marketing ploy of “PSL is back!!” and “We always have sweet potato casserole at Thanksgiving!” Those…

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Focus on Food – Garlic

Focus on Food – Garlic

Halloween is approaching, and we’re starting to ward off vampires early here at Salt and Skillet! Garlic is a fantastic ingredient that is used in so many recipes for its aromatics and rich flavor. It’s distinct. Whether it’s on your date’s breath or in a pasta dish – you’ll know. Good or bad, this food works great with onions to provide fullness in a recipe, plus it has tons of other benefits as well! There’s a reason people have been…

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Book Review – How to Cook Everything: The Basics by Mark Bittman

Book Review – How to Cook Everything: The Basics by Mark Bittman

I absolutely love books. Physical books. Don’t get me wrong, I can’t argue with an expansive library on my phone that I can take with me (best for airplanes!) in my kindle reader….but physical books are just better. The weight of them in your hands, the smell of the pages, the ability to flip back and forth through pages to reference easily without frantically swiping and then losing your spot in your eReader…. So, I figured I’d take a closer look…

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Focus on Food – Apples

Focus on Food – Apples

It’s finally fall! Well, here in Buffalo it’s been uncharacteristically SCALDINGLY hot outside, so even though I’ve been wearing jeans and flannel shirts already, others are walking around in shorts and tanks still! I’m ready to let summer go, though, and embrace the chilly, crisp, earthy air of autumn. Shane and I went apple picking the first weekend a local orchard opened up. There were only a few apples ready to go, and even the ones we picked still needed…

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How to Cut an Onion

How to Cut an Onion

An onion is a versatile ingredient that enhances the flavor of recipes. If you’ve ever hesitated to use onions at home, hesitate no more! Whether you’ve avoided them because they make you cry or because you just don’t know where to start when taking a knife to an onion, you won’t have any fears of the vegetable any longer! In this article we’ll cover the parts of an onion you’ll eat and discard, how to prepare an onion so that…

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How to Sharpen Knives

How to Sharpen Knives

Having a sharp knife in the kitchen may be scary to some, but it’s actually much safer than having dull blades! A sharp knife cuts through food more easily, which requires less force and helps reduce slips. Fewer slips means fewer cuts on your fingers. Plus, it will help your knives last longer, giving you more bang for your buck! But why do we need to sharpen our knives at all? They look pretty pointy to me! Sure, they look…

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