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Wednesday Deals of the Day – Five at Five

 

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Mondays through Thursdays at 5:00 PM EST, we will showcase the best food / kitchen deals of the day. We hope you find them useful. We present to you today’s round up of deals from across the web including storage containers and cookbooks.


 

Should I Worry About Pink Slime?

 

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There has been a lot in the media lately about pink slime. I had never heard about it until recently – and what I read has turned my stomach. Basically pink slime is an ammonia treated filler – the ammonia is used to kill E-coli bacteria – used in conjunction with ground beef.

According to the Huffington Post  pink slime is “also known as mechanically-separated meat (or, when made by Beef Products Inc., “Boneless Beef Lean Trimmings”). This ammonia-treated scrap meat — the same one some fast food giants recently phased out — has been widely used since the early 1990s, is reportedly present in 70 percent of all ground beef products, and is a staple in school cafeterias (seven million pounds (!) are expected to be served in school lunches across the country over the next few months).


 

Tuesday Deals of the Day – Five at Five

 

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Mondays through Thursdays at 5:00 PM EST, we will showcase the best food / kitchen deals of the day. We hope you find them useful. We present to you today’s round up of deals from across the web including dishes, a deep fryer and chocolate coated matzah.


 

Red Meat Raises Cancer Risk

 

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We used to eat a lot of red meat in our house – meatballs, and steak, hamburgers and brisket. With four hungry boys to feed, it seemed meat was the perfect way to feed their empty bellies. Now we limit our red meat intake to holidays and special occasions. It wasn’t just a financial decision, it was a health-based decision too. It seems that eating red meat often just is not good for our overall health. I always knew that it was linked to heart issues, but excessive consumption can also lead to cancer!

A new study, published online in the Archives of Internal Medicine, has concluded that eating red meat increases death from cancer and heart disease. The more red meat one eats, the bigger the risk. The  study followed over 120,000 women and men over a 26 year period. In that time, over 23,000 people involved in the study died, almost 6,000 of them from heart disease, and over 9,400 from cancer.


 

Monday Deals of the Day – Five at Five

 

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Mondays through Thursdays at 5:00 PM EST, we will showcase the best food / kitchen deals of the day. We hope you find them useful. We present to you today’s round up of deals from across the web including iced beverage cups, whisks and a coffeemaker.


 

Truvia Sweetener To Be Used in French Sprite

 

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Coca Cola and PepsiCo have long been looking to reduce the amount of calories in their sodas without sacrificing the taste. Both have started using sweeteners extracted from the Stevia plant that grows in South America. But they have started using these no calorie sweeteners on the smaller brands – not the big name sodas.

Coca Cola is now starting to produce Sprite and Nestea with Truvia (the name of the sweetener) and sugar. This reduces the calorie and sugar content by thirty percent.


 

Best of the Web this Week

 

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This week we brought you a plethora of Purim posts. So many new ideas and fresh takes on the classics. I rounded up all our Purim posts and put them in one place for you to reference for next year. Of course we will have more Purim ideas and recipes then – but some of these will be perennial favorites.

Here are some other topics we covered this week:


 

Cola Not as Bad as You Thought

 

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I don’t remember the last time that I saw somebody buy a soda without me judging them. Over the years, I’ve heard so many different reasons why not to drink soda: the sugar will rot your teeth, the chemicals in the food coloring are poisonous, and most particularly in relation to diet sodas, that the artificial sweetener will give you cancer.

However, even the recent findings of the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) were quickly denounced. The CSPI argued that the amount of the chemical 4-methylimidazole, or 4-MI, present in Coca-Cola, Pepsi, and their diet versions caused cancer in lab rats ad mice. 4-MI is a byproduct of the reaction that produces the caramel color of the drinks. Since these findings, the state of California has listed 4-MI as a carcinogen; any food or beverage containing enough of it that could cause cancer in as few as 1 in 100,000 people is illegal to sell.


 

Wednesday Deals of the Day – Five at Five

 

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Mondays through Thursdays at 5:00 PM EST, we will showcase the best food / kitchen deals of the day. We hope you find them useful. We present to you today’s round up of deals from across the web including a hand blender, Le Creuset dinnerware and a Pesach Planner.


 

New Season of Sweet Genius

 

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Remember last October how we all tuned in to see Paula Shoyer – the Kosher Baker – on Sweet Genius? I remember live tweeting her episode and being majorly disappointed that she didn’t win – because she totally deserved to (not that I am biased in any way, shape or form!)

Well, the new season starts Thursday, March 15th 2012 at 10pm ET/PT. Ron Ben-Israel is back as the judge, and each episode will have four pastry chef contestants fighting it out through three rounds of challenges judged by Ben-Israel. He throws surprise ingredients and curve balls along the way!  The winners from each round will advance for a final test, with Ben-Israel crowning the remaining chef Sweet Genius and receiving a $10,000 cash prize.


 

Tuesday Deals of the Day – Five at Five

 

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Mondays through Thursdays at 5:00 PM EST, we will showcase the best food / kitchen deals of the day. We hope you find them useful. We present to you today’s round up of deals from across the web including a gluten free Pesach cookbook, dishes and Le Creuset cookware.


 

Help For Food Allergies

 

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When I was growing up I didn’t know anyone with food allergies. We all brought peanut butter sandwiches to school, and shared our snack bounty with everyone.

These days, schools are peanut free, our kids have friends with strawberry allergies and nut allergies, I have a sensitivity to mushrooms, gluten can be a problem, some people are allergic to dairy products.


 

Monday Deals of the Day – Five at Five

 

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Mondays through Thursdays at 5:00 PM EST, we will showcase the best food / kitchen deals of the day. We hope you find them useful. We present to you today’s round up of deals from across the web including dishes, a potato-free Passover cookbook and a retro-style pyramid toaster.


 

Food Labeling News

 

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Meat now has nutrition labels

The Department of Agriculture has a new rule that has started to be enforced as of March 1st 2012. Ground meat and poultry will now carry labels with nutritional information. There will also be nutritional information posted on display at the store or on the packaging of forty of the most popular cuts of meat and chicken.  These labels will list the amount of calories, and total fat and saturated fat in the meat product.


 

Best of the Web This Week

 

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Purim is around the corner, mishloach manot have been prepared and labels stuck on, the menu plan for the seudah is in place, costumes are at the ready – Bring on Purim! We cannot wait. In case you are not as organized as we are here are some great last minute ideas, plus some other articles that are sure to interest you.