Food companies invest heavily in running their products through taste tests with trained sensory panelists. Here, a blind taste testing event at McDonald's headquarters in Oak Brook, Ill., in 2012.
April 4, 2014 Food industry "sensory panelists" spend hours chewing, swishing and analyzing food, sometimes to the point of pain. These tests ensure mass-produced products like frozen french fries hit the spot.
Are you thinking healthy and nutritious?
April 19, 2013 The frozen food industry wants you to know that even though its food isn't "fresh," it's still good. And they're paying big bucks to convince you.
The NPR Science Desk freezer: now we know we can't presume it's germ-free.
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April 5, 2013 An outbreak of E. coli in frozen pizza, cheesesteaks, and other foods makes it clear: Just because the freezer's frosty doesn't mean it can kill microbes that cause food-borne illness.
Birdseye's original multiplate freezing machine froze food fast — the secret to maintaining fresh flavor
May 18, 2012 Clarence Birdseye's life as a taxidermist, fur trader, hunter, and fish lobbyist all led to his creation of the modern frozen food industry. His inventions made frozen food tastier and more widely available to consumers.
Dried beans and legumes are healthy and cheap.
May 17, 2012 Legumes, lentils and beans are good for you, and end up costing less than unhealthy food when you calculate the price per average amount consumed. A new USDA study shows eating healthy is not more expensive, people just need to make the right calorie choices.
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March 7, 2012 Former President Ronald Reagan would surely be pleased to know that many of his legacies remain vital in 2012, from campaign pledges to lower taxes to ketchup's classification as a vegetable. Reagan is also responsible for a lesser-known contribution to American food culture: National Frozen Food Day.
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