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Archive for May 5, 2014

FOOD 101: The Difference Between Custard & Pudding

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Chocolate baked custard. Photo courtesy
HealthyRecipesBlogs.com. Here’s the recipe.

 

Today is National Chocolate Custard Day, which got us to thinking: What’s the difference between custard and pudding?

American pudding is a sweetened milk mixture thickened with cornstarch, then cooked. It has no eggs in it. In the U.K. and Europe, it is also known as blancmange, and is thickened with starch.

But “pudding” means more than that.

  • In the U.K. the word refers to any dessert, but especially to sweet, cake-like baked, steamed and boiled puddings, usually made in a mold.
  • Then there’s the category of creamy puddings—what Americans typically think of as pudding, mostly enjoyed in the form of chocolate pudding, vanilla pudding, butterscotch pudding and lemon pudding. They do double duty as pie filling.
  • When a recipe is exceptionally smooth and light, it is often called silk pudding for its silky texture.
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    There are also savory puddings and other foods that are called pudding: black pudding or blood pudding (sausage), Yorkshire pudding (baked batter, served as a side), bread pudding (stale bread baked in a custard sauce) and steamed pudding (cake).

    Custard, on the other hand, is an eggy delight that can be either baked or cooked on the stovetop. The egg protein is the thickener.

    There are custard-pudding hybrids, such as pastry cream (the filling of cream puffs and éclairs).

    Check out the different types of custard.

     

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    Chocolate pudding. Photo courtesy Bonchan.

     

      

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    TIP: Save Your Olive Pits

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    Save those olive pits! Photo courtesy Florida
    Department Of State.

     

    Here’s something new to try this barbecue season: olive pits.

    Who knew:

    Dropping a few olive pits (a.k.a. stones) onto the barbecue coals adds a really special aroma that will have people guessing as to its origin.

    Here’s all you have to do:

  • Collect the olive pits, clean them and dry them.
  • Store them in an airtight jar until ready to use.
  • Toss onto the hot coals before adding the food.
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    Let us know how you like it.

     

    What else can you do with olive pits?

    If the climate is right, you can grow a tree from scratch. Otherwise, we’re stumped. If you have suggestions, let us know!

      

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    NEWS: Amazon, Your New Grocer?

    Looking for an alternative to hauling heavy groceries or more convenience in shopping?

    Check out Amazon.com’s same-day delivery service, Amazon Prime Pantry. Amazon Prime members living in the 48 contiguous states can ship 45 pounds’ worth of grocery store items—in “everyday sizes,” not bulk—for a flat fee of $6. (That’s on top of the Amazon Prime membership fee.)

    For that, you can conveniently order food and beverages, household supplies, personal care items and pet goods.

    There’s also a gadget called Dash that allows you to order groceries via remote control.

    The company previously launched Amazon Fresh, a same-to-next-day delivery service, in certain cities.

     

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    Order what you need online or by remote from Amazon Prime. Photo courtesy Amazon.

     

    Watch out, Costco, Walmart; as well as Fresh Direct and other local online grocers.

      

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