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Fruits & Vegetables

Avoid Grocery Store Lines With This A La Carte Produce Box Shipped Straight To Your Door

While everyone’s trying their best these days to stay inside, the dilemma of getting fresh fruits and vegetables presents itself for those looking to steer away from eating cans of corned beef hash and beans every other day. Trust me, canned food gets old QUICK.

Melissa’s Produce, is offering a sliding scale of amazing produce boxes that you can order and have shipped anywhere in the United States (though Southern California residents get free shipping).

You can order boxes of mixed fruits and vegetables depending on which type of produce you lean heavier towards.

If you lean heavy towards making vegetable-based dishes, perhaps a 70/30 box is something you need. If your diet is a little bit of both down them middle, consider the 50/50 box. Options also include a fruits only or vegetables only box for those who’d rather have one or the other. There’s even a box crafted towards making fresh juices.

If you’re looking for your produce fix without stepping foot outside the comfort of your own home, definitely check them out.

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Design Grocery Health

A Guide On Exactly How To Pick The Freshest Produce

I’m only a few days into the New Year and still feeling pretty good about my resolution to eat healthier. Whether or not I’ll stick with it in the weeks to come remains to be seen, but until then I’m eager to stuff myself with as many fruits and vegetables as I can get my chubby mitts on.

One hurdle I’ve come across, is that I’m not entirely sure at times whether or not I’m picking the freshest produce. I don’t want to have a bowl of fruits sitting around waiting to ripen at home.

Pounds to Pocket, a UK-based money saving blog, created this fresh infographic that helps you know how to select the freshest produce possible every time you’re at the grocers.

The infographic details things to look out for like color, firmness, texture, and smell. It also covers a diverse list of fruits and vegetables including strawberries, mangos, pineapple, apples, grapes, watermelon, avocados, blueberries, cherries, tomatoes, kiwi, rhubarb, broccoli, corn, carrots, cauliflower, asparagus, green beans, and mushrooms.

Next time you’re shopping in the produce aisle, you can strut with confidence knowing that there’s a cheat sheet like this ready to jump in if you’re ever feeling uncertain.

Check out the fruit-picking guide below.


Courtesy of: Pounds to Pocket
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Design

The Fool Proof Cheat Sheet To Properly Grill Meats [INFOGRAPHIC]

For the inexperienced, grilling can be a little overwhelming if you’re not familiar with the proper temperatures for meat.

If you don’t have all those years of barbecuing expertise, scrolling through your phone can be pretty cumbersome in front of a hot grill.

Column Five created a comprehensive cheat meat sheet for aspiring grill cooks to hack their barbecue and know exactly when to take their meat off the, for lack of a better word that doesn’t rhyme, heat.

The graphic covers all the most popular proteins (chicken, beef, pork, seafood) as well as vegetables, illustrating the precise cooking times and whether they should be over direct or indirect heat.

Photo: Krzysztof Puszczyński | StockSnap

Each protein even highlights the different cuts of meats including skirt steaks, chicken breasts, pork chops, scallops.

Check out the infographic below. While you do that, I’ll probably be pre-heating my grill and rummaging through my fridge for something to cook.


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Features Products

15 Amazon Products Our Kitchen Needs ASAP

It’s been a minute since the Foodbeast editorial team has been together in the same room outside of our office.

With dynamic and busy travel production schedules, like eating pasta in Verona, or all-you-can-eat riblets at Applebee’s, hosting Noodle festivals, or revisiting Hooters to see how men interact with the boobsteraunt in the current social climate — we rarely get to sit and cook together.

Thank goodness for a chance delivery of steaks to Elie’s house. If there’s one thing everyone on our writing team can bond over, it’s a good ole fashioned steak. Boy do we love steak.

Foodbeast team members Reach, Constantine, Isai, and myself all posted up for the day at Elie Ayrouth’s bachelor pad.

Elie, who pretty much just goes home to sleep, only had the bare essentials for us to work with in the kitchen.

Though mad appreciative of the burrito-busting writer lending us his house and kitchen for the day, we couldn’t help but wish we had a few things items and gadgets to make our lives just a tiny bit easier in the kitchen.


Disposable Gloves

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Working with raw meat all day, and pounding away at a laptop can be tricky. You’re not going to want to keep rewashing your hands over and over again. Some disposable gloves would have saved us a ton of water and paper towels throughout the day.

Price: $16.87 (1,000 Count)

Vegetable Peeler

There a few things you don’t really need to scrimp out on when it comes to the kitchen. A good knife is one, and a good vegetable peeler is another.

Price: $8.99

Defrosting Tray

We set aside some pots and pans to help defrost the frozen meat. Unfortunately, we needed to use some of that cookware after a while. Having a few defroster trays on deck would have freed up some.

Price: $15.95

Thaw Claw

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Since we pretty much needed the meat to defrost ASAP, Costa also recommended a Thaw Claw. The purpose of the claw holds down the frozen meat and submerges it under water – allowing it to thaw several times faster.

Costa explains:

You want the meat fully submerged because it gives you an even distribution of “heat” to help thaw out the meat not just more evenly, but more quickly since water absorbs and gives off heat very well compared to air.

It’s nice having a food scientist on deck in the kitchen. Everyone should get one.

Thaw Claw Price: $11.95

Costa: Priceless

Onion Chopper

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Arguably one of the most extra appliances we’ve seen so far, this onion chopper takes the tears and the mess out of dicing one of the most essential ingredients. It’ll also store the onions for you for future use.

Price: $22.87

Steamer

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Reach came across a problem when he was making his purple cauliflower puree. He boiled it too long.

I wish we had a steamer, because boiling this cauliflower took a lot of the color out.

While the dish still looked and tasted phenomenal, that extra vibrance would have added that extra bit of pop to Reach’s dish. Still, not bad.

Price: $23.06

Steak Knives

There were a few knife options in Elie’s kitchen. For presentation purposes, however, we would have loved to have some steak knives on deck to slice through the meat like butter.

Price: $66.47

Food Processor

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I think Reach made his cauliflower puree in a blender, but a multi-functioned food processor would probably have given him less of a headache.

Price: $34.88

Roasting Oven

Whether we were roasting Brussel sprouts, artichokes, or a giant slab of tri-tip, a roasting oven would have saved us a ton of time switching back and forth from the kitchen oven.

Price: $40.52

Fire extinguisher

Constantine’s mushroom sauce was easily one of the highlights of the day’s cooking session. One of the steps he took was flambeing the sauce.

Unfortunately for Elie, we didn’t have a fire extinguisher on had in the event Costa burned the house down. Should probably add one to the list for good measure.

Price: $15.29

Skewers

Bacon-wrapped beef medallions as stunning as the ones Constatine prepared were 99 percent perfect. All they really needed were some skewers to hold the bacon together with the beef.

Price: $5.29 (300 Piece)

Snap n Strain

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Where was this when I was growing up? The Snap and Strain would have really helped keep those stray mushrooms and broccoli florets from falling into the sink while I was on vegetable duty.

Price: $15.99

Meat Thermometer

A crucial element to cooking meat is to know when it’s ready, as to not over cook it. Having a meat thermometer on hand would have given us that safety net we needed to know when to pull our beef from the heat.

We pretty much just eyeballed it.

Price: $12.99

Cutting Boards

Five guys in a kitchen can get pretty crowded. Elie only had two cutting boards for us to work with: one for raw meat and the other for vegetables. Just having a few extras would have helped.

Price:$17.99

Gas Grill

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In Elie’s back yard, there was actually a pretty solid gas grill we threw the flap and picanha cuts in. No complaints there. I just want one for myself now.

Price: $399.00


While our lives would have been much easier with these appliances, I have to say, our results did not look too shabby. You can read more about our exports that day (along with some stunning photography by yours truly) in a post soon to come.

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Design Hacks

13 Common Cooking Mistakes You Should Avoid In The Kitchen [Infographic]

Amateur cooks, myself included, tend to make mistakes here and there when it comes to cooking. Sure, mistakes happen, but they can drastically affect your final dish.

So how can we make the most of our kitchen experience?

Quid Corner cooked up a useful guide that shows us what the top 13 most common cooking mistakes made in the kitchen are and why we should avoid them. While a few of these are common sense for those with a modicum of experience in the kitchen, it’s always good for the less experienced to brush up on the basics.

Check out the infographic and see if it makes a difference the next time you’re in the kitchen!

Courtesy of: Quid Corner
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Health

This Colorful Infographic Shows Us The Health Benefits Of Eating A Rainbow

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Does your daily diet consist of rainbows? No, not the meteorological phenomenon cause by reflection and refraction of light. Rather, do you eat enough of colorful fruits and vegetables to nourish your body?

Swissotel released a new infographic that highlights the health benefits of the colors in the foods you consume. Red foods, like tomatoes and strawberries, improve skin quality. Blue foods, like blueberries and plums, help boost memory and protects cells.

Check out the infographic below and get a little more color in your diet. You’ll thank us in the long run.

Browse our illustrative guide to each food colour and discover the health benefits for including them in your daily diet.

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Celebrity Grub

Gordon Ramsay Reveals 10 Incredibly Useful Cooking Tricks

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As busy as this guy is, it’s pretty awesome to see that Gordon Ramsay isn’t above sharing some of his kitchen tricks. In one of his latest videos, Chef Ramsay shares 10 different tips that makes working in the kitchen loads easier.

He covers stuff from chopping herbs and veggies to cooking meat faster. Seriously, you don’t have to be a professional chef to find these incredibly useful.

Check them out.

Chopping up herbs

Bunch up your herbs, it makes them easier to chop.

Quickly ripen fruit

If you have fruit that still hasn’t quite ripened, throw it into a brown paper bag along with a banana and set it in a dark place.

Peel & cut a mango

Slice into a mango and cut it up into squares along the skin. Then, bend the mango and cut out the even squares.

Getting rid of the heat of chillies from your finger

If you’re working with chillies, you’re not gonna want to touch your eyes anytime soon. The trick is to squirt lemon juice in your hands to get rid of that heat.

Cooking potatoes

Start off your potatoes in cold water, not hot. When they cook, the outer skin won’t fall apart.

Peeling a kiwi

Cut the kiwi in half and scoop it out with a teaspoon.

Cutting a bell pepper

Cut off the stalk and flip it over. Start from the top (formerly the bottom) and start slicing around the seeds. It makes the remaining pieces much easier to cut up.

Finding a ripe pineapple

Peel a leaf from the top of your questionable pineapple. If it comes off easily, it’s ripe.

Cooking meat faster

If you score meat, cutting multiple inch-deep gashes into the flesh, you’ll allow it to cook faster. It’ll also let the marinade sink deeper.

Keeping food from going brown

Cover your potatoes, avocados and apples in water and add some lemon. It’ll stop the oxidation process that causes them to turn brown.

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Humor

Dad Uses His Amazing Voice To Get His Baby Son To Eat His Veggies

On more than one occasion, I’ve had to beg my father to stop singing. Nobody wants to hear a 59-year-old Egyptian-American man with a very noticeable accent sing “Hotel California” while making up his own lyrics here and there (“Zis is a lovely face, in zis ze lovely blace”).

One father and musician, known as Charles Only on YouTube, uses his golden pipes to lull his small human child into a false sense of deliciousness. As the notes began pouring out of his mouth like molten gold and rainbows, his tiny spawn immediately starts beaming with what can only be assumed is excitement and pride. Frolicking in a metaphorical pool of his own joy, Baby Green-On-Beans blindly opens his mouth and allows his papa to shovel the horrible spoonfuls of the vegetable in there.

Unfortunately, this kid will likely grow up to become that one kid that sings everything he’s doing. Still, it’s better than being 27 years old and having to ask your father to stop singing his version of Bieber’s “Love Yourself”, which features a few lyrics that I’m pretty certain he changed in order to dissuade any listeners (namely me) from the evils of masturbating (“Cuz if you like, ze way, you look zis much, you still should never ever touch yourself”).

This video is actually only one of 15+ videos featuring Charles Only singing to his baby, and every single one of them is just as adorable as this one. Click here to follow the adventures of Charles Only and his happy, healthy, vegetable-loving son.

 

 

Photo Credit: YouTube