German pensioner eats 64-year-old US lard

German with open tin of lard, 1 Feb 12

Mr Feldmeier kept the lard with some cans of noodles and milk for emergencies

A German pensioner who received a tin of American lard 64 years ago in an aid package has only just tasted it, after discovering that it is still edible.

“I just didn’t want to throw it away,” said Hans Feldmeier, 87.

Food safety experts in Rostock, his home town on Germany’s Baltic coast, said the pig fat was still safe to eat.

Mr Feldmeier was a student in 1948 when the US was running a huge aid programme to rebuild war-ravaged Germany. He kept the tin of lard for emergencies.

A retired pharmacist, he decided to get the lard tested because of the debate about expiry dates and food safety.

A food expert, Frerk Feldhusen, said the lard was rather gritty and tasteless and hard to dissolve, though quite edible. Mr Feldmeier provided some black bread to go with it.

The red, white and blue tin of Swift’s Bland Lard bore no expiry date.

Mr Feldhusen said the test result might make some consumers think twice before discarding food immediately after the expiry date.

The Chemical That Makes Food Fresh For Forever

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Discovered by accident, the naturally-occurring bisin preservative could be injected into our foodstuffs as soon as it gets the thumb’s up from regulators. And then, there’d be no need to throw food out, as shelf-life is prolonged by years.

It sounds like scary stuff—and the exact opposite of the organic revolution that’s swept through supermarkets and grocery stores. Now patented, Bisin was discovered by microbiologists at the University of Minnesota, and is apparently safe to consume. Unlike that week-old pot of yoghurt that’s been going blue in the corner of your fridge. But if bisin really does have a place in our future—in our stomachs!—then there’s no fear of eating food which has expired its shelf life, as it reportedly kills bacteria and prevents E.coli, salmonella and listeria from growing.

This could be good news for pregnant women and newborns, as listeria, while rare, is particularly deadly with around 500 people dying each year in the US alone. Found in dairy and meat products, it’s also one of the reasons pregnant women are told to avoid eating soft cheese.

There are obvious reasons why this preservative sounds so attractive. We’d have to buy less food, thus saving money, and the risk of contracting illnesses would be lessened. But why does it leave me feeling so cold? Nothing beats fresh food, and I doubt anyone would be able to get over the mental block of drinking milk that’s been in the fridge for three months. But as it’s expected to be used commercially by food makers within the next three years, we’ve got plenty of time to work up a taste for synthetic food, I suppose.

via The Chemical That Makes Food Fresh For Forever. via The Telegraph

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Everything You Need To Know About Coffee in Less Than Five Minutes

By Kelly Hodgkins — We already know what happens to your brain when you drink coffee.

Now, a short and sweet video from C.G.P. Grey fills in the gaps with bunch of trivia and anecdotal stories about our favourite beverage, coffee. It’s pure awesome.

via Everything You Need To Know About Coffee in Less Than Five Minutes. via Grey’s Blog via LikeCool

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What I Wouldn’t Give to Press Ctrl + O On a Bottle of Beer Right Now

 

What I Wouldn’t Give to Press Ctrl + O On a Bottle of Beer Right Now

Kat Hannaford — How many times have you wished you could press ctrl/cmd + F in real life? Or ctrl/cmd + Z? We may not be able to perform those life shortcuts just yet, but with Art Lebedev‘s ctrl + O bottle opener, at least we can crack open a cold one, for $18. [Art Lebedev via FoodBeast via TechEblog via Technabob]

via What I Wouldn’t Give to Press Ctrl + O On a Bottle of Beer Right Now.

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Foodista.com: Egg In A Mug

Ingredients

1 whole egg

2 egg whites

Olive oil spray

Large coffee mug

 

Preparation

Step 1 – Spray nonstick spray into a large coffee mug

Step 2 – Crack one egg, and up to two egg whites into mug

Step 3 – Blend well with a fork

Step 4 – Microwave on high for 1 minute, stir and add 10 seconds more if needed

Step 5  – Add any extra ingredients if desired. chop veggies, cheese bits, pieces of Canadian bacon, all taste great!

 

via Foodista.com: Egg In A Mug.

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