A La Carte: Extending foods' shelf life
A clear alternative: What appears to be a translucent polycarbonate 3-inch-high egg statuette with liquid inside might significantly reduce your household's food waste.
Freshy is the result of scientific research and consumer testing over the past year and is ready to take its place alongside Fresh Paper by Fenugreen in the realm of natural, nontoxic products that extend shelf life by slowing the growth of bacteria. We tested it on baguettes cut in half and stashed separately in an enclosed space; the bread with a Freshy companion retained a chewy texture after three days' time, while the solo baguette became rock hard.
Place the device in the refrigerator or pantry within a three-foot radius of foods including meats, vegetables, fruits, fish and others that are stored in plastic wrap, plastic containers, plastic foam, glass, cardboard, paper and ceramics. Made in the United States, lasts for one year. $19.95 for one or $29.95 for two. Details: www.freshyworks.com
Spaghetti squash 101
Spaghetti squash is so called because the strands inside look like the pasta once the thing is cooked. Roasting them is a preferred way to prepare them.
Cut the squash in half, scoop out the seeds and roast on a well-oiled rimmed baking sheet cut-side down until it's tender. Drain after roasting. Then use a fork to pull out the strands. You can then toss them with butter, salt and pepper, or make a casserole by adding tomato, maybe feta and olives, and baking. Or you can toss it with spaghetti for spaghetti squash with spaghetti!
Save yourself a trip
Ever get back from the store only to find that your spouse or child was desperate for an ingredient you didn't get? Whether they needed extra flour for a papier-mache volcano or brownie mix for a potluck, it's never fun to have to turn around and go back to the store. Buy Me a Pie! lets users see their lists and update in real time. The app uses text prediction as you type and learns your preferences — not that useful for items such as eggs, but one that earns its keep with things such as Worcestershire sauce.
The app also tags food items and groups them in an attempt to predict what ingredients may be near each other in your grocery aisles. The app's paid version ($5.99) for iOS devices lets you manage multiple lists and has additional syncing features with the service's Web site. Free for Android and iOS devices.
Hot tips Chipotles are smoked jalapeno peppers; packing them in spicy adobo sauce makes them soft and easy to add to dishes. But a little does go a long way. Most recipes call for a single pepper or a tablespoon of sauce.
The best way to save the rest of the can is to puree it and freeze it. It doesn't freeze hard, so you can easily break off a chunk when you need more. You can refrigerate the reminder of the can in a plastic container for a few weeks, but watch for mold.
To use the rest, whisk some into sour cream to put on Mexican dishes, add it to macaroni and cheese, or whisk some into a vinaigrette for bold winter greens.
Chipotle is so popular that there are other versions of the flavor now. McCormick makes a dried chipotle powder, and Tabasco has a hot sauce with chipotle. Goya makes a chipotle puree in a squeeze bottle like ketchup. Look for it in Latin American supermarkets.
Send food news to email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Penguins forwards struggle in loss to Avalanche
- Starkey: In defense of Mel Kiper Jr.
- Agent: Polamalu undecided whether to play in 2015
- Wolf’s Pa. budget plan seen as having almost no chance
- Angry fans cited in shortage of refs in Western Pennsylvania
- Mt. Lebanon deer-culling corrals sprayed with urine, repellant
- Ice jam wipes out McKeesport’s marina
- Pirates look to put more pressure on opposition with better baserunning
- Miami’s 67-63 victory further damages Pitt’s NCAA Tourney hopes
- Dermatologist led UPMC residency program
- Driver in crash sues ambulance driver, New Kensington