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Organic Food Glossary Term
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Any of the variety of food products grown or containing ingredients that have been produced without the use of antibiotics, chemicals, fertilizers, and pesticides. The USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture) has established specific standards that must be followed in order for foods to be labeled as Organic and to display the USDA seal of approval on the food label. The USDA standards require that the food be produced using "earth-friendly" farming practices, limiting the loss of topsoil or soil contamination and maximizing the renewability of the land. Further, the USDA requires that the Organic Food products be produced without the use of synthetic fungicides, herbicides, or pesticides. For the production of meat and poultry, the USDA requires that the animals be raised in an environment that provides access to fresh air, sunlight, shade, and other similar environmental features. The animals cannot be treated with antibiotics or hormones and must be fed with foods that are free of chemicals.

By adhering to the USDA rules, a food product can be labeled with an Organic designation as follows: 1) "100% Percent Organic" refers to products produced with only Organic ingredients; 2) Organic refers to products produced with 95% to 99% Organic ingredients - the remaining 5% or less of ingredients must be listed on the label and can consist of synthetics approved by the USDA; 3) Made With Organic Ingredients refers to products produced with 70% to 94% Organic ingredients and the remaining percentage can be synthetics on the approved USDA list. Contains Organic Ingredients is the label allowed for products that have less than 70% Organic ingredients and those ingredients can be listed in the ingredient panel of the label. Non-Certified Organic is a label that may be referenced for some food products when the item has been produced using Organic practices but has not received certification from the USDA since the process is lengthy and too expensive for some producers. To be classified as Non-Certified Organic, the soil used to grow the crops must have been free of chemical additives for at least three years.

Another term often used for classifying food items similar to Organic is Natural which is a reference to food products that have been processed in a manner that removes very few or none of the natural nutrients and similarly, does not use any restrictive additives or uses very few accepted additives to enhance the flavor, aid the growth, sweeten the end result, or preserve the product.

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craisins Glossary Term
Craisin is the registered trademark of Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc. and is used as the name of their commercial brand of dried cranberries.
dried cranberries Glossary Term
Dried cranberries are made in a similar process to making raisins from grapes in which the fresh cranberries are partially dehydrated or dried in some manner.
bundt cake Glossary Term
A Bundt cake is the name given to a cake that is baked in a heavy-walled tube pan that has an indented curvature design to it that creates a decorative shaped cake.
prescott fond blanc melon Glossary Term
A French heirloom melon with a unique shape and appearance. Its flattened shape and bumpy, straw-colored skin makes it an eye-catcher.
wild rice pasta Glossary Term
Pasta made with wild rice flour. It is brown in color and has a nice nutty flavor. Wild rice pasta that is made with only wild rice flour would be gluten-free pasta.
fried green tomatoes Glossary Term
As stated in their name, these are green tomatoes that are fried. The tomatoes are picked while they are still green and then cut to into 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch thick slices.
candied fruit Glossary Term
Candied fruit, also referred to as crystallized fruit, is fruit that has been cooked in sugar syrup and then allowed to set in the syrup for a long period of time.
haupia Glossary Term
Haupia is a traditional coconut-milk Hawaiian dessert often found at luaus and other local gatherings in Hawaii.
mustard paste Glossary Term
Mustard paste is a condiment prepared by mixing ground mustard seeds with vinegar, chilies and salt....
decorating tips Glossary Term
Decorating tips are the nozzles on the end of a pastry bag that the frosting or filling is forced through to apply it to cakes, cookies, or pastries.
coupler Glossary Term
A coupler is a device used for holding the decorating tips on the end of a pastry bag. The decorating tips allow you to create different types of designs when decorating.
parchment cone Glossary Term
Parchment cones are used for decorating with small amounts of frosting. They are used to apply lettering, small designs, and for touching up areas.
sandbakkel tins Glossary Term
These small tart-like tins are used to make a traditional Norwegian cookie. The tins are available in several different shapes.
sweet corn stripper Glossary Term
A kitchen tool used to remove the kernels from the corn cob. There are a couple different types of corn strippers available.
peanut butter chips Glossary Term
A type of baking chips that has a peanut butter flavor. Peanut butter chips are added to cookies and bars to add peanut butter flavor.
turkey brining Glossary Term
A process in which a whole turkey is soaked in a salt and water solution for a period of time for the purpose of moistening the meat and enhancing the flavor.
brine-cured turkey Glossary Term
A type of turkey that has been soaked in a solution of salt and water for a period of time for the purpose of moistening the meat and enhancing the flavor.
turkey brine Glossary Term
A solution of salt and water used as a soaking medium for whole turkeys for the purpose of moistening the meat and enhancing the flavor.
hawaiian sweet bread Glossary Term
A type of bread that originated in Hawaii in the late 1950s, developed specifically by the Taira family of Hilo, who named the bread, “King’s Hawaiian® Sweet Bread." The recipe was inspired by a type of Portuguese sweet bread that was often supplied to sailors who preferred it during their lengthy ocean voyages.
vache de chalais Glossary Term
A soft-ripened cheese produced in Dauphiné; made with thermalized cow's milk. This soft cheese has a slightly stinky aroma.
brisker Glossary Term
A kitchen appliance designed to keep crackers, cookies, chips, and other crispy foods fresh and crisp.
isoflavone Glossary Term
A substance found in numerous foods, which acts as an antioxidant, helping to diminish and repair damage to cells and tissues.
bad carbohydrates Glossary Term
A generic classification of foods that are high in a type of carbohydrate that is considered unhealthy.
zeaxathin Glossary Term
A substance found in numerous foods, which acts as an antioxidant, helping to diminish and repair damage to cells and tissues.
food allergy Glossary Term
An adverse reaction in the human body caused by substances in certain foods. Specifically, a food allergy is caused by a response of the immune system to certain food proteins.
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