September 4, 2011
I have fallen in like with a trio of shelves that travels with me and hangs around my hotel room. No more relying solely on whatever drawers or shelves (in whatever sanitary condition) come with the room. Shelves-to-GO are a deck of three sturdy but lightweight reinforced mesh shelf units with straps and hooks on both sides that can be hung in a closet, or joined together to hang against a door. Unhook, and the shelves collapse (clothes and all, if you like) to fit into most standard carry-on bags.
October 24, 1988 |
Hercules Inc. wants to carve at least a $200 million niche in the fresh fruit- and vegetable-packaging market within the next five years. Last week, the Wilmington company introduced a new type of polypropylene film that will allow produce to "breathe" - a technological advantage that Hercules says will improve the appearance and double the shelf life of veggies and fruit. Developed over a five-year period, the FreshHold system involves controlling the atmosphere inside the package.
August 16, 1999 |
Most U.S. pharmaceutical donations to poor countries consist of "essential drugs" and arrive well before their expiration dates, but a substantial amount are still of little or no use, according to a new study by the Harvard School of Public Health. The study, being published in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization, is the first comprehensive look at the sometimes contentious issue of overseas drug donations. In the past, such donations by industry have ranged from lifesaving to what critics say were little more than mass dumpings of old and unsellable products in return for tax write-offs.
May 29, 1988 |
When Robert Beelman walks into a supermarket, most of the times he's disappointed by the mushroom displays. "They're usually blotchy and deteriorated," he said. "I would think most shoppers would just walk right by. " But not Beelman. The Pennsylvania State University food scientist has just received a $35,000 grant from the state Department of Agriculture to examine ways to increase the shelf life of mushrooms. Beelman - and the Department of Agriculture - hope that an improved product will increase demand, and thereby increase employment in the state that has the largest mushroom production in the country.
July 17, 2013 |
TWINKIES ARE BACK, but they may be a bit smaller than you remember. The new boxes hitting shelves this week list the spongy yellow cakes as having 270 calories and a weight of 77 grams for two cakes, or 135 calories and 38.5 grams for one cake. Right before it went out of business, the predecessor company had said Twinkies were 150 calories per cake. Photos of past boxes online also indicate the weight to have been 42.5 grams per cake. A spokeswoman for Hostess, Hannah Arnold, said in an email yesterday that the size change was made in "mid-2012" by the predecessor company.
February 8, 1989 |
What sacrifices we make for the sake of speed. Take oats. Look at those fallacious flakes that pass for modern oatmeal. Even the noble look of the weighty Friend on the label can't disguise the anemia of a processed product that has all the appeal of culinary dust. Quickness is its one asset, and for that we have given up flavor, chewiness, aroma and much of the pleasure inherent in a grain that has been providing comfort and health since prehistoric times. The only commonly available oatmeal retaining any quality of oats has been dubbed "old- fashioned," as if flavor had somehow become passe.
June 4, 1998 |
With mascara and other makeup, less is usually more - especially if it's been hanging around. "Most women will keep cosmetics for a while and use them for special occasions," says Sam Fine, author of "FINE Beauty. " But colors fade and bacteria counts blossom when cosmetics are kept past their prime. Cosmetics' shelf life varies from product to product, and manufacturers rarely offer expiration dates. "Anything powder-based, like foundation, that has been opened can go for about two years," says Tina Hodak, of Famous-Barr department stores in St. Louis.
September 22, 1993 |
Dear Anne and Nan: While traveling last summer, I had my hair done by a hairdresser who gave me a recipe that uses things ordinarily found in the kitchen to treat hair and remove buildup of hair spray and rinse. I neglected to make a note of the ingredients and have forgotten what she said. Could you possibly know what she was referring to, and if so, please pass it along? - Doris Long, Emporia, Kansas Dear Doris: Our favorite hairdresser gave us the following recipe: Combine 1 gallon distilled water, 1 cup lemon juice (fresh or bottled)
June 18, 1989 |
Like the baseball season, the Jersey tomato is a warm-weather event that people eagerly anticipate. Unlike baseball, it's around for barely two months. Its season is short, but from mid-July to mid-September, this New Jersey jewel becomes a most sought-after commodity. Hitting a roadside stand for vine-ripened Jerseys is often a planned stop on a trip to the shore. But like our local baseball team, the Jersey tomato doesn't always have a winning year. Last year, for example, a cold spring followed by an excessively hot summer waffled the tomato.
July 5, 1994
In tomato history, this will be a landmark year - another one. It is the Year of the Flavr Savr, the genetically engineered variety, said to rot more slowly on the shelf, giving it more time to ripen on the vine. And more time, the word is, to build up a head of flavor (as it used to be spelled). The proof is still wending its way from California's fields. So we'll withhold judgment, though we are not without prejudice: We're attached, frankly, to old-time tomatoes - the big boys that are just starting to roll in from Jersey, the sweet Beefsteaks, the soft, juicy, red, outdoor tomatoes that, by next week, will be polka-dotting Lancaster County.