Food & Food Culture

10:16am

Fri July 26, 2013
The Salt

If It Crawls, It's Canned: Eating In The Alaskan Wilderness

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 1:30 pm

Saving The Salmon Season: Prince of Wales Island residents Jenny and Tony Wise pack away plenty of jarred fish each year.
Courtesy of Jenny Wise

Nobody throws away a mason jar on Prince of Wales Island. On this rugged mass of mountain, forest, river and sea in southeast Alaska, most of the several thousand year-round residents subsist at least partially off the generous fat of the land. And much of the bounty is pressure cooked, preserved and stored away for the future.

"If it stops crawling long enough, we'll put it in a jar," says Jon Rowan, a schoolteacher in the town of Klawock, on the island's west side.

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3:43pm

Thu July 25, 2013
The Salt

Palm Oil In The Food Supply: What You Should Know

Originally published on Thu July 25, 2013 4:42 pm

Much of the palm oil imported into the U.S. ends up in snack foods such as cookies, crackers and microwave popcorn.
Heather Rousseau NPR

Remember the battle over trans fats? Yeah, the fats that did our hearts no favors.

As we've reported, the push to get these cholesterol-raising fats out of the food supply has been pretty successful. And now most packaged snacks are labeled as having zero grams of trans fat.

So what are food manufacturers using instead? One alternative is palm oil. But it's not an ideal replacement.

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2:05pm

Thu July 25, 2013
The Salt

Catch Of The Day, Grilled The Turkish Way

Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 8:17 pm

Anglers fish off Galata Bridge in Istanbul in 2011. The bridge is within site of the modest waterside restaurant Akin Balik.
Bulent Kilic AFP/Getty Images

Each morning as dawn breaks over the Bosphorus Strait in Turkey, a small drama repeats itself: Massive oil tankers and cargo ships slide past tiny fishing boats bobbing on the surface like bathtub toys.

These intrepid fishermen are out in all weather, in all seasons. In the winter, they catch the rich, oily anchovies, bluefish and mackerel. With spring come the turbot and sea bream, and by summer, sea bass and red mullet are being hawked by the fishmongers.

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10:14am

Thu July 25, 2013
The Salt

The FDA Doesn't Want Chickens To Explore The Great Outdoors

Originally published on Wed July 31, 2013 1:51 pm

Free-range chickens feed in a pasture on an organic farm in Illinois.
Seth Perlman AP

Organic egg farmers are divided in their reaction to a new FDA proposal that's intended to reduce the risk of salmonella infection among free-roaming chickens. They even disagree about what the document, called "Guidance for Industry," actually requires.

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3:44pm

Tue July 23, 2013
The Salt

Taco Bell Says Adios To Kids' Meals And Toys

Originally published on Tue July 23, 2013 4:32 pm

Steve Helber AP

That Crunchy Taco will no longer come with a side of toy.

Taco Bell announced Tuesday that it is ditching kids' meals and the trinkets that come with them at its U.S. locations. The items will begin to come off menus starting this month, the company says, and should be completely gone by January 2014.

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