Pectin

Pectin was first isolated from plant material in 1825 by Henri Braconnot, a French chemist who pioneered a number of discoveries in plant and food science. People were, of course, well aware that some fruits gelled much better and faster than others, but Braconnot was the first to explain why. At the peak of the industrial revolution in the 1920s and 1930s, factories were set up specifically to extract the bonding agent. Most of the commercial variety is extracted from citrus peels or from non-marketable apples (e.g. crab apples). It is mostly manufactured in the European Union, with countries like France and Germany supplying the lion’s share of the world market.

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Dry Fruit and Vegetables

Drying fruit is an interesting way to store part of a summer or autumn harvest. It makes a change from making jam or pickles with your glut.

These sweet, nutritious preserves can be made at home quite easily, stored and added as snacks to packed lunches for school or work. They can last from a few weeks to a few months. They must be totally dehydrated to ensure that no mould can develop.

Crops with a high water content like apples, plums, grapes or tomatoes should be oven-dried but those with a low water content can just be dried indoors. This air-drying method is slower than using an oven but is particularly suited to herbs, chillies and peas and beans … Read the rest

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Fruit Cakes

While, it was considered by the Roman as the food that can bring special luck in the following harvest year, the exactly opposite thing happened around 1800s. Yes, people in some regions started to believe this delicacy to be sinful and they kept away. But, soon after this decline period, people again have started to include it in their celebrations and happy moments. It was once considered as a symbol of hope as well in some part of England. Even, people used to put a small piece of cake under their pillow with the hope that it will bring good dreams about the future loved one.

So, here comes the question what exactly are these eatables made up of. Even … Read the rest

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Royal Jelly

It contains water, sugars, lipids, proteins, minerals and almost all the amino acids essential for human nutrition.

It transforms bee larvae into queen bees. As a result, the queen bees develop into a size double that of the worker bees and have a life span 20 to 30 times of that of the worker bees.

Based on the observation and scientific experiments, it has many great benefits to human beings.

Japanese research shows that it has very strong anti-cancer properties. By taking royal jelly, one can prevent cancer or prolong the proliferation of cancer cells.

Grave’s Disease causes enlarged thyroid and related symptoms such as increased heart beat, muscle weakness, disturbed sleep and bulging eye (exophtalmos). It may reduce the … Read the rest

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Magic of Vitamin D

Vitamin D is an essential vitamin that boosts the immune system and plays vital roles in human metabolism.

It not only provides your body with the armour-plating to prevent disease, it’s the fuel that can reverse and heal all kinds of health problems.

Practically every cell in your body – from your brain to your bones – contains vitamin D receptors that draw from your body the precious vitamin D3 they need to function properly.

It’s important to your health because it helps in building strong bones and a cast-iron immune system. Its absence could be exposing you to serious health hazards.This stunning new evidence concerns vitamin D’s ability to ward off and even reverse many of the most serious

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Freeze Drying Food

Freeze drying using a freezer

Here you need to place the food on a plate or tray then spread it to prevent it from clumping together. You should then place the tray in the freezer and close. Closing the freezer ensures that the freezing process is not slowed down.

The freeze drying process takes about one week and you should only remove the food from the freezer once all the food has sublimed. To ensure that the food has fully sublimed you should test it.

To test you need to remove food from the freezer then allow it to thaw. If it turns black, the process is not yet complete. Once you have confirmed that the food has completely freeze … Read the rest

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Bitter-Sweet Biscuits

Given that Russ & I enjoy a biscuit or two with our morning cuppa, and given my dislike of eating numbers in my food and the lack of true vitality in the packet variety, I decided to begin baking my own. Not renown for my biscuits ever before I found that when I racked my mind for a recipe only Anzacs came to the fore (my recipe books are still buried away as we finish building!). So without further ado, or any conscious ado at all, I have purchased the ‘necessary ingredients’ and I find myself adding golden syrup, brown sugar and white flour to the mix. I am not going to lie and say there were not delicious biscuits … Read the rest

Get Good Quality Drinking Water

The main sources of drinking water are rivers, lakes, reservoirs, ground water and the sea. The water from these sources at times could not be consumed right away. It needs to go through water treatment processes before we could consume it. The reason is that it could be contaminated with pollutants like suspended solids, algae, bacteria and viruses.

Water goes through different processes like screening, rapid mixing, sedimentation, flotation, filtration, micro-screening, disinfection, de-chlorination etc. in the treatment plant. After these processes, suspended solids, micro-organisms and bacteria are eliminated according to the required specification. The end result is water that is safe for drinking purposes.

Before we are able to drink water from the treatment plant, it has to be delivered … Read the rest

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Herbs vs Spices

Spices and herbs have far less calories when compared to the calories of other food additions such as sauces, gravy, dressings, trimmings, etc. Many are not aware of the differences between herbs and spices. While cooks use the terms interchangeably, there are some distinct differences between the two.

  • The essential difference between herbs and spices is that they are obtained from different parts of a plant. Herbs are obtained from the leaves whereas spices come from the seeds, bark and roots of a tree. In fact, any part of a plant that is not a leaf, and can be used for seasoning, can be regarded as a spice. Certain plants offer both herb and spice. For example,coriander (seeds) and cilantro
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How To Shoot A Christmas Cake Video

Delight your fans and family with a demonstration of how to make your famous Christmas cake – and shoot a video of it to spread the joy around the world.

Food blogging has become a serious business, and it is easy to operate a professional food blog complete with text, images, and videos. Now that Christmas is around the corner, you want to try your hand at shooting a Christmas cake video. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never done it. Just follow the easy guide we’ve outlined below.

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How to shoot a Christmas cake video

·         Get the ingredients together in glass containers.

Opaque metal vessels don’t allow your viewers to see the ingredients and their proportions clearly. Use glass … Read the rest