Food & Food Culture

2:15pm

Wed May 2, 2012
The Salt

Lard Is Back In The Larder, But Hold The Health Claims

Could you taste the lard in a freshly-baked crust?
Steven Depolo Flickr.com

What secret ingredient makes the pie crust so crisp and flaky? If you're from the Midwest, you may have guessed: Lard. The pig fat reviled for decades as supremely unhealthy is undergoing a lipid rehabilitation by American chefs and home bakers.

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8:35am

Wed May 2, 2012
The Salt

What Pizza Hut's Crown Crust Pizza Says About Global Fast Food Marketing

The new Crown Crust Pizza from Pizza Hut
Pizza Hut Middle East/YouTube

Perhaps you've heard by now of the Crown Crust pizza, the pizza-cheeseburger hybrid recently unveiled by some of Pizza Hut's international franchisees. Available only at Pizza Hut Middle East, this fast food chimera features a vaguely crown-shaped crust studded with "cheeseburger gems," topped with lettuce and tomato, and drizzled with "special sauce."

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11:24am

Tue May 1, 2012
The Salt

What Will Make the Food Desert Bloom?

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 8:44 am

Symbols like these are designed to help shoppers make healthier choices
Dan Charles NPR

There's a battle for better health going on in poor neighborhoods across the country, and part of that battle involves getting people living in so-called food deserts access to healthy food.

But as many activists have learned, it takes a combination of access, innovation, and education to change peoples' habits for the better.

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8:43am

Tue May 1, 2012
The Salt

Eternal Yogurt: The Starter That Lives Forever

Originally published on Tue May 1, 2012 11:06 am

To make yogurt with an heirloom starter, add freeze-dried starter or a spoonful of yogurt to fresh milk.
Bill Hogan MCT/Landov

If you make your own yogurt, there's a chance your yogurt could outlive you.

That's because some bacteria that grow and feed on the sugar in milk – the process that ferments milk into yogurt — can procreate indefinitely in new generations of yogurt.

But not all yogurts have these immortal powers. The typical store-bought yogurt only carries a few strains of bacteria that have been isolated by scientists. Those bacteria on their own can't regenerate very long — maybe just for a generation or two.

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1:46pm

Mon April 30, 2012
The Salt

Farmers Cheer Administration's About-Face On Limiting Teen Farm Work

Originally published on Tue May 1, 2012 6:41 am

Farmers saw the administration's proposal as a threat to their way of life
istockphoto.com

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