Is It Safe To Eat Moldy Bread? : The Salt : NPR

This is a good read. But I really don’t want you cutting the funk off hard foods, either.

This is a good read. But I really don’t want you cutting the funk off hard foods, either.

“No, say food safety experts. Molds can easily penetrate deep into a soft food, like bread. But you can salvage other foods with tougher surfaces, like cabbages, carrots and hard cheeses.”

Source: Is It Safe To Eat Moldy Bread? : The Salt : NPR

Visualizing the Popularity of Pizza

First thoughts:

The NE and Midwest comprise a definite ‘za corridor.

California is, like, so over pizza. Or maybe authentic pizza joints never really made it out there.

The person who reported this on Boing Boing, his name rhymes with pizza.


Restaurant preferences mapped

Source: Restaurant preferences mapped / Boing Boing

Click through to Boing Boing and then to the link for the Google project, which also maps other kinds of eateries. I think it’s interesting that Sandwich Shops are really, really concentrated in eastern Pennsylvania (where I live) and New Jersey. We love our hoagies and grinders. (Navy beans, navy beans).

PETA Wants Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles To Eat Vegan Pizza

From an environmental impact perspective, it probably matters more that the pizza is locally sourced.

But not, like, from the sewer.  That’s gross.

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have always been synonymous with Pizza, but PETA would like for […]

Source: PETA Wants Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles To Eat Vegan Pizza

Campbell’s Closing Historic Toronto Factory, Laying Off 380

Campbell’s Soup is closing its oldest Canadian factor and laying off close to 400 people.

The company blames over-production.  Ana Dominguez, the company’s head of Canadian operations, said “Simply put, we are in a situation where we can produce a lot more soup than we can sell.”

The Canadian closing is a net win for three US Campbell factories (Maxton, N.C.; Napoleon, Ohio; and Paris, Texas) which will add jobs to meet the production void left by the closure in Toronto.  Which doesn’t make sense if overproduction is the driving issue, but okay.

The company’s market cap has crumbled over the past year (see below).  The Toronto Metro use notes that Campbell’s Denise Morrison thinks changing trends toward fresh fruits and vegetables and away from canned soups is part of the reason. It’s worth noting that this is happening at the same time that “bone soup” (also known as broth) is selling at a premium in little start-up kitchens and trendy new chains.

Are more people cooking simple meals at home?  As badly as I feel for the laid-off Campbell’s workers, and I do, I hope the answer is yes.  I don’t see much reprieve in the North American economy, even though Obama said the recession was over years ago and Trump says the booming stock market will lift all boats.  I’ve seen some positive changes, certainly, and I’m sure you have, too.  But one of the reasons fresh fruit and vegetables are once again on-trend (like he were for 100,000 years) is simple economics.  They’re cheaper.  Homemade broths turn chicken carcasses and beef bones into meals that stretch.  Fresh vegetables are also healthier, and getting sick is expensive. Some research now indicates that homemade broths really do have long-attested remedial properties.

Given the shift in production south of the Canadian border, overproduction of canned soups can’t really be the culprit behind Campbell’s problems.  Maybe they’ve been too slow to change with market demands.  Or maybe the industrial food complex we’ve come to depend on needs serious re-thinking.

Best wishes, hopes, and prayers for the hardworking Toronto staff.

The Nutella Riots

Begun, the Nutella Riots have.

Shoppers in France have apparently lost their minds over steep in-store discounts on the delicious hazelnut-chocolate spread.  Violently so.

As a proud Italian-American, I keep Nutella on-hand at all times.  It’s much more popular in Europe, where American-style peanut butter is far less common.  It’s such a big deal, it has its own stamp.

So it’s basically Elvis.  Riots and all.

I don’t want to make fun of this, because people were hurt.  I’m also wondering if things are that dire in this French town that people are willing to maim their neighbors for a 70% discount on the high-protein spread, or if this is garden-variety human depravity.


KFC is selling a chicken wing box that doubles as a drone

I’m not (?) ashamed to tell you that this post from Engadget made me hungry. Specifically for KFC wings. Which I have never had.

I bet they taste like the future.

McDonald’s Franchisees See Writing On The Wall

For McDonald’s, things are going from bad to worse as the corporate makeover-that-isn’t continues to take shape (or doesn’t).

29 franchise owners took part in an ongoing survey conducted by Mark Kalinowski.  July’s results reveal an outlook even more dour than sentiments captured in April, the former low-water mark for franchisee confidence as rated by Kalinowski’s model.

Meanwhile, Chipotle, despite some market disappointments of its own, continues to thrive because it understands that people just want better food.