Every persimmon lover has at least once encountered an unpleasant pulling taste in his mouth - a sensation that many call an astringent. Moreover, according to the stories of grandmothers, this taste is not heard only in persimmons of the Korolek variety, but if you still bought astringent fruit, it is better to freeze it. Life around learned from experts where the unusual flavor actually comes from, what products it will make tastier and more useful.
Category: Eat the question
“We don’t like dark beer, it’s always bitter and strong”, “Girls are light, boys are dark.” How often have you heard such sayings? Despite the craft revolution that began in St. Petersburg and this year fully embraced Moscow, that is, immersing people in beer culture, the opinion that the darker the beer is, the stronger it is, is still relevant among the masses.
Life around is not the first month, in addition to regular sections and materials on hot topics, it has been practicing the release of packs of feature articles. A week of restrictions, a week of “Cheap Moscow”, a week of all of Russia, and even “Evil Moscow”. In the "Food" section, we also decided to introduce regular thematic weeks. It happened - and there is no particular reason, it just worked out - that the first will be "Kosher Moscow".
You can find coffee with absolute certainty in the menu of every cafe, restaurant, bar, pub, canteen and, of course, coffee shop, along with plain water. At the same time, the quality of the drink can vary greatly; globally, the coffee culture in Russia is not yet developed. This is where the incidents come from. We will not talk about very complicated cases and that in most institutions you will not be understood when trying to order a Kemex, or just a flat white, but we will talk about the basis of the basics - espresso.
Some employees of restaurants, when sifting flour, are seriously afraid that if a match is lit, the building will fly into the air and they along with it. Tales that flour can explode have been known since Soviet times. But is that true? Can particles of flour floating in the air form an explosion when interacting with fire?
It is generally accepted that natural cork cork is the key to the quality of wine and the cork on the bottle is better, the better the wine itself. And wine corked with plastic and screw cork, a priori, is not taken seriously. Is it correct? What does the screwed cork really say and in what cases is the use of the cheapest, plastic, justified?
Americano - the same espresso, only diluted with hot water. At the same time, the price of drinks in most institutions varies greatly: sometimes by 10, and sometimes by all 100 rubles. Life around found out what the price of the drink depends on and why you should not be upset by overpaying for boiling water. Nikolay Strelnikov, judge and organizer of coffee championships, Global Point chef-barista Americano can be made on the basis of a single or double espresso.
There are many myths around instant coffee, and the main question, which only manufacturers know the answer to, remains open: what is instant coffee really made of? How natural is it and how is the powder or granules obtained? How exactly is instant coffee produced and what are its differences between different manufacturers?
In one of the materials of the "Eat Question" column, we figured out what the word "farmer" means in the name of the product, and, continuing the topic, we find out what "eco", "bio" and "organic" are. Just as in the case of "farming", these terms have gained great popularity in Moscow in recent years: they began to be used on labels as those companies that actually produce or began to produce environmentally friendly and organic products, and those who began to speculate on the topic, because in such circumstances, buyers are willing to pay more for the product.
The phrase "farm products" has gained great popularity in Moscow in recent years: it was started to be used on labels by both those companies that actually produce or began to produce farm products, and those who began to speculate on the topic - often buyers are willing to pay for the product is larger if it has the mark "farm".
About six months ago, the "Food" section of Life around published material on food storage, in which it also touched on the topic of egg storage. Judging by the comments, many people care about this question and not everyone knows the exact answer. Together with a specialist, we decided to understand the topic in more detail and find out how long different eggs can be stored not in the refrigerator.
A huge number of people buy and drink juice from packages, but most do not know the answer to the question of how and what it is actually made of. As with instant coffee, there are many questions about reconstituted juice, the answers to which are known only to manufacturers. How natural is it and what is added to it besides the fruits or vegetables themselves?
"Do not stand next to a working microwave! It emits radiation!", "Don’t you know that it destroys food molecules?", "We won’t buy it, do you want to die?" - Probably each of us at least once in my life heard this from relatives, friends or colleagues. A lot of legends go around the question of the dangers of microwave ovens, but we decided to put an end to them and sort out this issue, or rather several: why can it be dangerous or not dangerous for humans?
Latte in most cases differs in serving from other coffee drinks - it is customary to pour it into a glass cup. Even in 2015, when many seriously began to understand coffee and already realized that Kemex and flat white are not a model of boots, there are still establishments in Moscow where the traditions of serving latte in a glass glass are true.
A heart, a rosette, a tulip, a teddy bear and any other author's drawing on foam cappuccino, latte, raffa and so on can cause positive emotions. But have you ever thought that this same pattern can affect the taste of coffee? Sometimes the first sips of coffee, capturing a large amount of foam, are more bitter than the coffee itself, which is located below.
The issue of foie gras production, perhaps, provokes the highest level of negative in people in comparison with the production of other products of animal origin. How reasonable is it? In France, foie gras production is regulated by law, in other European countries, on the contrary, its production is officially prohibited, as it is considered cruelty to animals.
Is there a difference between the effect of baking soda and confectionery baking powder? What are their features? Are different baking powder suitable for the same products? We deal with brand chef and co-owner of Delicatessen and Yunost restaurants Ivan Shishkin. IVAN SHISHKIN co-owner and brand chef of Delicatessen and Yunost restaurants There are several options for baking powder.
The quotation from Ilf and Petrov's “12 Chairs” - “One egg contains as much fat as 1/2 pound of meat” - over time has become a common phrase that opponents of meat products use seriously, but not with the original meaning . And the phrase had a satirical implication, like everything else in the book.
Kosher - that is made according to the rules of kashrut, which are based on the laws of the Torah. Halal literally translates from Arabic as “permitted by Allah,” and in the Muslim world means permitted actions in general. If we talk about products, then, basically, those that are kosher are also halal.
It is believed that frozen meat should be thawed before cooking. What if not? The America's Test Kitchen project, known for testing recipes and selecting the best in its own kitchen with a team of chefs, conducted an experiment in which it proved that a frozen steak does not need to be defrosted before cooking; material was published in their magazine Cook's Illustrated.
"The darker the cane sugar, the more natural it is." "Fake is always lighter." Is it really? By what signs can you distinguish real brown sugar from fake? And what does “real” and “fake” mean? We deal with Novaprodukt technologist Alexander Ivanov. Alexander IVANOV, Novaprodukt Technologist, Fake brown sugar is white refined sugar colored with molasses - molasses, which remains when boiled sugarcane juice is boiled.