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This $40 food dehydrator that has over 1,000 5-star reviews on Amazon is extremely easy to use — and it makes great fruit leather and beef jerky

“If you’re on a beef jerky or fruit leather kick, purchasing a food dehydrator will actually cut costs if you’re serious about swapping out pricey $7 jerky packs at the store for your homemade versions” writes Insider Picks for businessinsider.com. One of the great things about a dehydrator is how easy it is to prepare the food before putting it onto the machine. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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McDonald’s employees share the 6 menu items they’d never eat

“A number of McDonald’s employees have also shared the menu items they’d never order on Reddit” writes Ine Cain for businessinsider.com. The McDonald’s menu has plenty of offerings for fast food fans and casual customers alike.But, when it comes to consuming McDonald’s food, the restaurant’s crew members are likely the most insightful of the bunch. Here’s a look at some of McDonald’s employees’ least favorite orders:.  Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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10 fast-spoiling foods to avoid

“In part, that means eating food before it spoils and avoiding foods that turn bad quickly for occasions such as summer potlucks” writes Aol Staff for aol.com. Fish are no less prone to bacteria than meat and should be consumed in one or two days after purchase.Oysters eaten past their expiration date may contain vibrio vulnificus, bacteria that can cause blood poisoning. Source: aol.com Share This:

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High risk of food shortages without them, says chemical giant

“China is also a major food importer, and so needs global agriculture to be productive as well, Fyrwald says” writes Damian Carrington for theguardian.com. The world is likely to face food shortages within 20 years if pesticides and genetically modified crops are shunned, according to the head of the world’s biggest pesticide manufacturer.How the world feeds itself without destroying the environment remains one of the biggest questions of the age, but there is little agreement on the answer. Source: theguardian.com Share This:

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Food aid curbs sought by Republicans would hit rural poor

“A Republican plan to curb food aid is under consideration in the U.S. House of Representatives as part of a broad farm bill” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. Webster County, represented by a House Republican, is in one of the 20 U.S. congressional districts with the highest percentages of SNAP-dependent households.Nearly a third of county households use SNAP. Of the 50 U.S. counties with the most SNAP-dependent populations, three-quarters are rural. Source: 95kqds.com Share This:

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Why your brain really craves french fries and donuts in particular

“By contrast, it is very common for processed foods to have high fat and high carbohydrate loads.”” writes Johnny Lieu for mashable.com. Our ancestors primarily ate mostly woody plants and animal meat, with processed foods only appearing in the last few centuries.Our tendency toward these foods could also be linked to the facts that fat and carb combined foods rarely exist in nature.”In nature, foods high in fat and carbohydrate are very rare and tend to have fiber, which slows metabolism,” Small said.Obviously, you’re going to crave french fries and…

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Food-truck owners strategize as novelty wears off

“A culinary fad a decade ago, food trucks have lost some luster and even new ones may not draw a crowd” writes Joyce M for seattletimes.com. NEW YORK — Starting a food truck to sell tacos or barbecue on downtown streets may seem easy or fun, but owners are finding they need more sophisticated plans now that the novelty has worn off.Case and Estreller founded Coolhaus with one food truck in Los Angeles in 2009.It counted 4,046 food trucks in the U.S. last year, nearly twice the number of 2008.The…

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Trending: Five Getaways with Local Food Festivals that are Worth the Trip

“The Hotel Regina Isabella in Ischia, an island in the Gulf of Naples, has an annual food festival celebrating the local food and wines of that region and other parts of Italy” reports nytimes.com. Lately, however, a growing number of properties want to offer more, and are throwing entire food festivals instead.Some hotels try to create buzz by opening restaurants with high-profile chefs. Source: nytimes.com Share This:

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The next big fast food chain will come from South America, say experts

“The next big food franchise will come out of Latin America, experts have claimed, with a number of chains eyeing up global dominance in the next few years” writes Swns Reporter for independent.co.uk. Western franchises have dominated the fast food sector across the world up to now, with McDonald’s, Burger King and Subway among the biggest companies.Peruvian sanguches, completos and plátano mixto have been tipped as some of the foods that are likely to disrupt the fast food scene across the world.And according to Venezuelan entrepreneur Leonardo González Dellán, the…

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