Everything You Need to Know About Milk PasteurizationSkills
We have all the details on regular pasteurization, ultra pasteurization, and shelf-stable milk.
Oct 17, 2022
School Lunches in America Face Health and Cost ConcernsSkills
The status of school lunch in America is far from perfect. Between unhealthy options and lunch shaming, there’s tremendous room for improvement when it comes to how and what children in the nation are being fed. Earlier this year, New Mexico became the first American state to take a legal stand on lunch shaming when students don’t have the funds to purchase food.
Sep 30, 2020
“Share Tables” at Schools Reduce Food Waste and Keep Hungry Kids FedTools
In order to combat childhood hunger and food waste, several Florida schools came up with an innovative idea: share tables. Now, instead of throwing food items they don’t want into the trash, kids leave them on communal tables in their cafeteria. If they like, they can pick up other items they like better. At the end of the meal, any food left behind on the table is given away.
Sep 30, 2020
This Labor Day, a Reminder of Who Works for Our Food (and 4 Orgs Fighting for Them)
Labor Day
If you care about a just and equitable food system, here are four organizations you should be aware of and support.
Sep 5, 2020
The USDA Agrees to Extend the Free School Lunch Program — For NowPeople
The waiver will last through December 31 of this year.
Sep 2, 2020
700,000 People Will Lose Food Stamp Benefits Under Trump’s New PlanPeople
Here's what you need to know.
Dec 5, 2019
My Complicated Relationship with The Great British Baking ShowPeople
It's complicated, but Philip Larkin has the last word.
Jun 11, 2019
Are You a Foodie or a Cook?People
According to Michael Ruhlman, there is a difference! In a recent blog post, he describes foodies as those who love the shiniest equipment and the newest ingredients, and follow the antics of top chefs the way others follow the NFL. By contrast, cooks simply, well, cook. Do you agree?There was a larger context for Ruhlman’s musings on the nature of foodies verses cooks.
Jun 4, 2019
10 Terrific Food Documentaries To Stream On Netflix TonightPeople
Whenever I’m hunting for a movie to watch on a Friday night, I inevitably find myself scrolling through the documentaries on Netflix. Thankfully, there are quite a few great ones, particularly in the food space. Here are 10 food documentaries you should add to your Instant View queue: Jiro Dreams of Sushi Good for: Sushi lovers and those who believe discipline and hard work is the key to everything. Synopsis: Jiro Ono is arguably the greatest sushi chef in the world.
May 30, 2019
The Story Behind the Wonderbag: The Non-Electric Slow CookerKitchen
What you see above is not a bean bag chair or a sleeping bag. No, it’s actually a slow cooker. You might have even seen it around this last year or so as it gained momentum in the media. Designed by South Africa-based entrepreneur Sarah Collins, the mission behind the Wonderbag is to empower women in Africa. For every Wonderbag that you buy, another is donated to a women in Africa who needs help feeding her family.
May 30, 2019
The Trump Administration Takes on Two Obama-Era Food RegulationsPeople
The Trump administration is directly aiming at food policy for the next area to loosen regulations. Last week, the federal government separately pinpointed two areas where they plan to make changes for consumers: school lunches and calorie labels on menus. The former will see looser rules, while implementation of the latter has been delayed. Here’s what you need to know about both.
May 30, 2019
Bryant Terry’s 5 Essentials for a Modern, Soulful KitchenPeople
Bryant Terry is an energetic and passionate man, self-described as an eco chef, author, and social justice activist. He first came to my attention in 2006 when he co-authored the book Grub: Ideas for an Urban Organic Kitchen with his friend Anna Lappe. He has since gone on to author two more vegan cookbooks, with a third one in the works. What does this spokesman for local, sustainable, and delicious food think are the top essentials for a modern, socially engaged, soulful kitchen?
May 24, 2019
What It’s Really Like to Cook on a Food Stamp BudgetPeople
In 2013, 49.1 million Americans lived in households struggling with hunger, a stark number which includes 15.8 million children and 4.8 million seniors. Food insecurity is a daily reality for about one in seven households. So why do we only seem to talk passionately about it when a celebrity is involved? If you paid any attention to the recent controversy surrounding Gwyneth Paltrow’s $29 SNAP grocery shopping challenge, you know what I mean.
May 24, 2019
What Ina Garten Would Serve 4 Politicians (Including Donald Trump)People
Ina Garten and Taylor Swift have a few things in common. The pair has been good friends, ever since they cooked together for a now iconic spread in Food Network Magazine. They both churn out mega-hits (cookbooks and albums), have huge fan bases, are both (fairly) universally beloved, and until very recently, were both pretty mum on the topic of politics. Just last week Ina told HuffPo: “I don’t talk about politics.
May 24, 2019
How Parents Across the United States Are Talking About Family Separation at the Dinner TablePeople
Images and stories of Central American families split apart at the border have become the topic of conversation for families of all ethnicities over the past month. But how do parents handle such a delicate subject with their children at dinner? More than breakfast or lunch — almost always rushed affairs where conversations lean toward the superficial or mundane — dinner is what anchors families as a unit and as individuals.
May 24, 2019
10 Little Ways to Take Care of Yourself on Election NightPeople
After you cast your ballot today (and you did vote, right?) here are a few small ways to de-stress while the numbers roll in.
May 24, 2019
Kraft Foods Donates Groceries to Furloughed WorkersGroceries
For more than 30 days many government workers have been out of work due to the shutdown — now coming up on a second paycheck. In a country where many struggle to make it through a pay period, this makes for tough times and difficult decisions.
May 24, 2019
The Ugly Produce Trend Is More Complicated Than It SeemsGroceries
It shouldn’t be a surprise that our obsession with pretty things extends all the way to produce. Bruised but still edible watermelons, twisted carrots, conjoined mushrooms and non-triangular strawberries often languish in warehouses as surplus while their more handsome counterparts are found on the shelves of your local supermarket. In fact, The Guardian has estimated that over half of U.S. produce is thrown away due to a need for perfect-looking produce.
May 24, 2019
Sustainable Seafood: How Clams Are FarmedSkills
We’ve been talking about clams a lot recently, so we thought we’d take a look at how these mollusks are farmed and what makes them a good seafood choice!Most clam farmers purchase their clams as young spats (baby clams that haven’t grown a shell) from hatcheries when they’re about a centimeter long. These spats are seeded in the ocean floor and then covered with a net to protect the clams from predators like crabs.
May 3, 2019
TV Watch: New High Fructose Corn Syrup AdsPeople
Have you seen these new TV ads? The backlash against high fructose corn syrup is getting its own backlash from the Corn Refiners Association…We’ve seen two ads so far. One involves two moms discussing HFCS over a jug of juice. The other has a couple debating the health risks of a popsicle (above). In both, the general script goes something like this (paraphrased):Person 1: “You’re serving me a product with high fructose corn syrup?
May 3, 2019
Fair Trade: CocoaGroceries
Although we do our best to eat local, some things are just grown too far from home. One of these foods is cocoa, most of which comes from the Ivory Coast region of West Africa, as well as Central America. Sadly, the reality of the cocoa industry is not as sweet as the final product we enjoy here at home. The good news is, even though this is occurring thousands of miles away, Americans wield a tremendous amount of buying power.
May 3, 2019
Fair Trade: HoneyPeople
Here at The Kitchn, we’re passionate about local honey and love being part of the chain that connects a region’s flowers, bees, beekeepers, and consumers. (Joanna highlighted one of these regional producers, Chicago Honey Co-op, earlier this week.) Local honey can often be found at farmers’ markets and other specialty shops. We’ve also posted about an online Honey Locator that lets users search by state and type.
May 3, 2019
Food Science: The Science Behind Nonstick Cooking SpraySkills
Nonstick cooking sprays like Pam and Mazola are convenient to use and boast fat-free cooking. But these products have also always seemed to us like one of those strange slightly-mystical products akin to Bac-Os bacon bits or pre-grated Parmesan cheese in a can. Just what the heck is nonstick cooking spray?!From what we can tell, most nonstick cooking sprays are simply an oil (usually canola) thinned out with water.
May 3, 2019
Grass-Fed vs. Grain-Fed Beef: What’s the Difference, and Why Does It Matter?Skills
If you are a meat eater, then you may have wrestled with this question (or at least wondered about the wording) before. What’s the deal with grass-fed beef? It’s a subject we’ve written about it briefly before, including a one-minute tip on how to cook it, but we think it’s worth revisiting. Because buying grass-fed beef makes a big difference in the quality of the meat you’re getting and the impact you’re making on the environment.
May 3, 2019
What’s the Deal with Xanthan Gum?Skills
Unless you do a lot of gluten-free baking, you might not have come across xanthan gum — at least not in a recipe. Flip over a jar of salad dressing or a carton of ice cream to read the ingredients, and you’ll likely find xanthan gum listed there, too!So, is this a safe ingredient for a gluten-free diet — or an industrial additive to be avoided?Xanthan gum is produced from a certain strain of bacteria (Xanthomonas campestris, according to Wikipedia) reacting with carbohydrates.
May 2, 2019
Beyond BPA: Why to Avoid Plastic Food ContainersPeople
We’ve heard it before: Plastic containers can release chemicals into the food and liquids we store in them; It’s not smart to microwave food in plastic or leave plastics, including water bottles, out in the sun. I’ve avoided these behaviors, but thought I was safe using BPA free water bottles and take out containers. Well, a recent study reported by NPR suggests otherwise. It’s one of those articles you hate to read. NPR reports that a new study has found that most (most!
May 2, 2019
Buying Liquor: State vs. Private Stores Straight Up Cocktails and SpiritsPeople
Location, location, location. Where you buy your liquor, how much you pay for it, and the selection available to you: these things are all determined by the region in which you live. Join us – and weigh in with your own experiences – as we take a closer look at the way liquor is sold in different U.S. states. (Readers who live in other parts of the world, we’d love to compare notes with you too.) Let’s suppose you’re looking to buy some gin.
May 2, 2019
Here’s How Your Grocery Store Deals with WasteGroceries
In my grocery store marketing days, I spent my time getting things — ideally groceries, via a financial transaction — out of the store. Unfortunately, the grocery industry creates literally tons of waste, both in product and packaging, and thus my job sometimes involved finding responsible alternatives to the dumpster. For larger retailers, finding avenues for that waste is a full-time job. Here is what happens to the waste in your grocery store. First, the good news.
May 1, 2019
German Supermarket Clears Shelves to Make a Statement on RacismPeople
A Germany grocery store has made a strong statement on racism and xenophobia by modifying their supermarket’s product lineup. Edeka, one of Germany’s largest grocers, recently pulled all foreign food items from the shelves at their store in Hamburg. The stint lasted one day, but it showed consumers how limited their culinary choices would be if diversity were eliminated from the food world.
May 1, 2019
Here’s How the Government Shutdown Is Affecting Our FoodSkills
For the past 20 days the United States federal government has been shut down. That means that Congress can’t come to an agreement with the president on how the U.S. Treasury should dispense funds for government projects and agencies — in this case, President Trump would like money to build a border wall, and he hasn’t accepted his Democratic opponents’ compromise of $1.6 billion to fund border security.
Apr 30, 2019
Here’s All the Free Food You Can Get If You VoteGroceries
Tomorrow is Election Day. Across the country, your fellow Americans will be voting for governors, state attorneys general, Senate representatives, even school board members. Voting is one of the most important actions you can take as a citizen; it’s a simple way to serve your community, and to actively participate in our government.
Nov 5, 2018
Cynthia Nixon’s Bagel Order Is a Window Into Her FuturePeople
There’s a lot of attention focused on an actress-cum-political-candidate’s “gross” bagel order. On September 9, 2018, New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon appeared on camera at a campaign stop at Zabar’s on the Upper West Side. There, Gothamist captured Nixon’s order of a cinnamon raisin bagel with lox and cream cheese, topping “the mess” with red onions, capers, and tomato.
Sep 11, 2018
FDA Says Plant-Based Milks Aren’t Milks. So What Are They?Skills
In what has to be the most iconic scene in Meet the Parents, an eager Ben Stiller tells his girlfriend’s parents about the time that he milked a cat so that the smallest kitten in a litter could eat. “You can milk anything with nipples,” he explained. “I have nipples, Greg,” a stone-faced Robert DeNiro responded. “Could you milk me?
Jul 20, 2018
We’re So Inspired by These #StandforKids Lemonade StandsPeople
It is difficult enough for adults to process the Trump administration’s recent actions of separating families at the U.S.-Mexico border, let alone put them into words that make sense to children. But last weekend a powerful movement emerged in support of reuniting the families separated at the border, centered around a summertime staple that even children can understand: the lemonade stand.
Jun 29, 2018
Here’s How Net Neutrality Could Affect Your Favorite Food SitesPeople
In the past several months, I have contacted my senators and representatives so often that even Resistbot has to be like “You again? Really?” And, if I develop some kind of thumb arthritis over the weekend, it could be from all the times I’ve texted the words “net neutrality” this month. I’m apprehensive and afraid of what could happen after the FCC voted to overturn the regulations ensuring net neutrality. What does that mean?
Dec 15, 2017
Tara O’Brady Says You Should Stop Calling Food “Ethnic”People
“Ethnic food” is a phrase most of us have heard, possibly even recently. But what does it mean, specifically? If “ethnic” means to come from a certain national or cultural tradition, then literally all food would be ethnic food.
Nov 6, 2017
Watch the Trailer for Anthony Bourdain’s New Documentary on Food WastePeople
Food waste is a global problem. To spotlight the issue, Anthony Bourdain has a new documentary — Wasted!: The Story of Food Waste — focusing on the matter. Slated to have a theatrical and video-on-demand release on October 13, the 90-minute film is directed by Anna Chai (The Mind of a Chef and The Layover) and Nari Kye (The Mind of a Chef and No Reservations), and produced by the team behind Bourdain’s popular CNN series Parts Unknown.
Aug 24, 2017
Are GMOs Really Bad? Neil deGrasse Tyson Weighs In.Skills
You’ve probably heard of GMOs, and you might even know what it stands for (genetically modified organisms), but understanding what GMOs actually are is a whole other ball game, and there’s a lot of misinformation floating around. Fortunately, Neil deGrasse Tyson and his StarTalk on Mashable podcast is here to set the record straight and start the dialogue on what it really means and how it impacts our health. Tyson’s guest on the podcast is Dr.
Aug 9, 2017
Our 2020 Climate Goals Can Be Met with One Dietary SwapPeople
Back in 2003, a global movement called Meatless Monday called on people to abstain from eating meat once a week. An initiative created between The Monday Campaigns and the Center for a Livable Future (CLF) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the goal was two-fold: to better our health and improve our environment.
Aug 4, 2017
Obama Talks Food, Sustainability, and Climate Change at SummitPeople
In his first public appearance since leaving office, former President Barack Obama discussed the connection between food and global warming at a summit focused on climate change and food availability in Milan, Italy on Tuesday. Obama, who shared the stage at the Global Food Innovation Summit with his former chef Sam Kass after delivering opening remarks, discussed food from an environmental, policy, and tech angle.
May 11, 2017
“Sanctuary Restaurants” Are Offering Immigrants a Discrimination-Free SpacePeople
Independent restaurateurs are rallying together to create a safe space for immigrant workers amidst President Donald Trump’s immigration policy. Trump signed an executive order last week that would pull federal funding from sanctuary cities in America that refuse to cooperate with immigration authorities to deport non-violent undocumented immigrants.
Feb 1, 2017
Starbucks Responds to Trump Immigration Ban by Promising to Hire 10,000 RefugeesPeople
Starbucks has responded to Trump’s immigration ban by promising to hire more refugees. President Trump signed an executive order on Friday that stops the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the United States and bans immigrants and refugees from seven Muslim-majority nations (Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen) for 90 days.
Jan 30, 2017
Should Soy Milk Really Be Considered “Milk”?People
When you have your morning coffee or cereal, what kind of milk do you normally add to each? Do you reach for regular cow’s milk, or do you go for one of the many (many) different kinds of plant-based milks now available? A few years ago most people might have answered cow’s milk, but the popularity of plant-based milk — like almond and soy — has changed the tide.
Jan 5, 2017
Here’s What You Need to Know About That #DumpKelloggs HashtagPeople
Here at Kitchn we don’t normally cover politics unless it’s related in part to food policy. But last week when #DumpKelloggs was trending on Twitter, we took notice. A little confused about why social media ostensibly has it out for cornflakes? Here’s an explanation. It all started when food company and pantry staple Kellogg’s announced last Tuesday that it would remove its ads from right-wing political website Breitbart.
Dec 6, 2016
Take This Quiz to Find Out If You Eat Like a Democrat or a RepublicanPeople
Does your stomach lean more conservative or more liberal? Time looked at customer order data from Grubhub, a food delivery service, to help determine if you eat like a Democrat or a Republican. According to Time,”out of 175 popular items ordered on Grubhub, 75% had significant correlations to the partisanship of those districts.” The very short quiz presents you with 10 different pairs of popular delivery items and asks you to choose one of the pairs.
Jul 19, 2016
The War Against GMOs Is Full of Fraud, Says JournalistSkills
The public debate on genetically modified seeds and crops runs high with feelings. When it comes to this line of science and our food, what is healthy, and what should be avoided? Journalist William Saletan spent a year researching the field and came to the conclusion that the anti-GMO rhetoric is not doing us any favors. This is a long, intensely researched and argued piece, and it’s excellent reading for all sorts of reasons.
Jul 16, 2015
Ben Corey-Moran’s 5 Essentials for Making the Best Cup of Coffee PossiblePeople
Ben Corey-Moran is the Director of Coffee Supply at Fair Trade USA where it’s his job to develop and strengthen the supply chain between the small coffee farmers of Africa, Southeast Asia and Latin America and coffee buyers from all over the world, some of them as large as Walmart. He’s been in the coffee business since 2003 and has an intimate understanding of the whole picture, from the harvest of the fruit to how to create the perfect cup at home.
Dec 11, 2013
What Happens When Monsanto Buys the Patent to Your Favorite TomatoSkills
July is just around the corner and for me that means just one thing: it’s the time when the local tomato production starts to get serious and the farmers’ markets starting running red (and yellow, and pink, and chocolate, and green stripe). Sure, there’s the occasional basket of cherry tomatoes the last few weeks of June and I guess they’re pretty good.  But when the dry-farmed Early Girls start showing up, that’s when then I know all is right in the world.
Jun 26, 2013
How Do You Know What Food Labels Mean and Whether They’re Trustworthy?Groceries
It may come as a surprise to some, but buying foods labeled cage-free or grass-fed does not necessarily mean that those items are what they say they are, or what we assume they mean.  This can be really frustrating if you are trying to do your best to purchase humane and sustainable food, not to mention that foods labeled with these claims are often more expensive.  Do you pay extra for organic, or non-GMO, or hormone-free foods?  Do you know which labels are reliable?
May 8, 2013
Can Dan Barber Produce a Humane Foie Gras?People
Several years ago, we posted Dan Barber’s amazing TED talk about how he witnessed a more humane way to produce the delicious but controversial fatted goose liver called foie gras. The talk is classic Dan Barber, full of self-deprecating humor and his clearly passionate relationship to food. After his discovery of this more humane method, which eschews gavage, or force feeding, Barber (sort of) vows to never serve conventional foie gras in his restaurants again.
Dec 8, 2011
Why You Should Go to the Farmers’ Market on Rainy DaysKitchen
The week before Thanksgiving is probably a busy one at your local farmers’ market. People descend in droves to gather their ingredients for the big day: potatoes, fresh cranberries, kale, carrots, sweet potatoes, celery, onions, broccoli, cauliflower, fresh herbs. The farmers respond appropriately by harvesting big, hiring extra booth workers and hauling everything to the market site.So what happens when it rains and people stay away?What happens is the farmers lose. A lot.
Nov 22, 2011
Fake Blueberries: Another Reason to Make Your Own MuffinsPeople
Ever bite into a blueberry muffin and taste a clump of blue sugar? This week the LA Times reported on findings that this phenomenon is widespread across some major supermarket brands. Many popular brands of muffins, bagels, and cereals labeled as blueberry don’t actually contain any of the little berries. Did you know?This isn’t much of a surprise to most of us, but what is news to me is the lengths food companies will go to describe these falsities in ingredient lists.
Jan 26, 2011
What’s the Difference? DOCG, DOC, and IGT Italian WinesPeople
Pick up a bottle of Italian wine and you’re likely to see one of these designations somewhere on the label. What exactly to these letters stand for and what do they mean? Read on…In the second half of the 20th century, Italy decided to establish a series of laws to safeguard the quality and authenticity of their wine.These safeguards take the form of protected zones where growers and producers must adhere to strict regulations in order to be certified by these laws.
Aug 22, 2008
Cilantro: Why Is Its Taste So Polarizing?Skills
Personally, I love cilantro and can’t get enough of it – I add heaps of it to my guacamole and salsa. It tastes fresh and citrus-like to me. However, supposedly there’s a genetic trait that makes cilantro taste like soap or ground metal shavings to some people. Most people agree on what most foods taste like. Strawberries taste sweet, lemons are sour, and steak is savory. But a large amount of the population cannot agree on what cilantro (also known as coriander) tastes like.
Aug 8, 2008
Another Reason Not to Eat Tuna?People
It keeps happening: discoveries like the one reported on the front page of today’s New York Times (High Mercury Levels Are Found in Tuna Sushi) keep telling us that eating tuna just isn’t a great idea.After being pregnant last year, I all but completely removed it from my diet. But lately, there are some interesting “lower” and “lowest” mercury options out there, which Burrows’s article neglects to discuss.
Jan 23, 2008