You can save money by making them at home, too.Make baked soda by spreading ordinary baking soda on a foil-lined sheet pan and baking at 250 F for about an hour.This transforms it into the ingredient that gives ramen noodles their color and springiness: alkaline salt.Mix in the flour and knead it until you have a soft, springy noodle dough.Cut the noodles and then cook them for a tasty meal worth all your hard work.For the full recipe and step-by-step, hit the link below.
The Nima was the hit of CES 2016.As a tiny gluten tester, it won our Startup Battlefield and made an impression on the tech press.Foundry Group lead the round with participation from Upfront Ventures, SoftTech VC, SK Ventures, Lemnos Labs, Mitch Kapor and Matt Rogers, co-founder of Nest.Foundry Group s managing director Brad Feld will join Nima s board.This round of funding will fuel the R and production of sensors on the Nima platform that test for substances beyond gluten, such as peanut and milk.The company plans on using the influx of cash to accelrate the development and release of sensors that will detect peanuts and milk, allowing consumers to test food for hidden ingredients that the user could be allergic too.
Good chai is transcendent.Every person has their method of preparation—a ritual after years of boiling and reboiling the ingredients until they coalesce into the drink.Gaurav Chawla, founder and CEO of Chime, had his own method but sometimes worried he spent too much time watching the chai boil and not enough time doing other things, so he cracked open a few home appliances and rigged up his own automated chai maker.Places like Starbucks sell something that is, technically, chai, but it s usually an overly sweet mess of boxed pre-brewed black tea and spices mixed with some milk and steamed.It s all pretty effortless—even if the device itself is still large and clearly in a pre-mass production stage, with cheap looking finishes and a milk pan that still requires scrubbing to clean Gaurav assures me that the production model will be non-stick for easier cleaning .When asked why he was starting in the US instead of the much larger chai drinking market of South Asia, Gaurav chuckled.
You d have more control over the nutrients, with the same emotional benefits of sharing a meal with your pet that you d have with a human.The following infographic from Breeder Retriever shows some basic guidelines for using your slow cooker to make dog food, one layer at a time.But we have to urge you to use caution: this is a formula, not a recipe.Homemade food is a great option for many pets, but we recommend that owners avoid general recipes from books and the Internet and instead consult with a board-certified veterinary nutritionist, said Jennifer Larsen, an assistant professor of clinical nutrition at the William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital at UC Davis and lead author on the study.These specialists have advanced training in nutrition to help formulate customized and nutritionally appropriate recipes.So use this infographic as a guide click here to enlarge — and then show it to a veterinary nutritionist to get their thoughts about which ingredients are best for your pet.
Since Soylent broke open the "meal-replacement" space with a grand some might say grandiose vision to hack food and end hunger, a few startups have created their own take on the futuristic meal shake.The idea is that, when you don't have time to make lunch, you simply drink a 400-calorie shake with precisely measured ingredients that will get you to your next meal.The latest entrant is Ample Meal, which is coming after Soylent by promising a non-GMO, gluten-free product that has less sugar 2 grams to 7 grams  and carbohydrates 26 grams to 37 grams , but more protein 27 grams to 20 grams .The startup has raised around $100,000 on Indiegogo so far.While fitness enthusiasts can debate the finer points of the nutritional elements, the main things many everyday users will care about are price and taste.How does Ample stack up?On taste, it is certainly as good as Soylent, and some might prefer its pleasant nutty flavor it is not nut-free like Soylent .Ample will run about $4.50 per meal, though it ranges based on how much you commit, while Soylent is more in the $2.50 range.But Ample isn't competing on price, but on the idea of healthy living.I see so many people feel challenged to incorporate healthy meals into their busy lives or even understand what is healthy, " CEO Connor Young said in a statement.Here's what it's like to try Ample:Photography by Hollis Johnson.
So, when Deep Silver picked up the franchise and decided to get to work, I was a little bit excited to see what they would come up with - they have some form at this stage, and Homefront's premise - North Korean's invading the U.S, a resistance movement rising up to throw off the shackles of aggression - is brilliant video game fodder.Homefront: The Revolution isn't an amazing game, but it's a victim of circumstance: in a month where everyone is concentrating on Doom and Uncharted 4, Homefront just doesn't have the quality to make you pay attention amongst a review schedule littered with gems.Civilians are living in fear while the Korean People's Army are patrolling the country, but for now, your immediate battleground is Philadelphia, birthplace of the fresh prince and hopefully, the start of a nationwide insurrection.You go around the map looting the bodies of those you kill for ingredients to craft, capturing outposts, doing missions and then returning to outposts and using a weapon locker to upgrade.Playing as a guerrilla and moving through the broken-down city is really entertaining, and hitting patrols before running off when tanks and APC's show up is a pretty interesting proposition.It feels like a Red Dawn video game, and I feel like every member of the Wolverines by myself, without even touching the main story.
Facebook might be hosting upwards of 8 billion views per day on its platform, but a wide majority of that viewership is happening in silence. As much as 85 percent of video views happen with the sound off, according to multiple publishers. Take, for instance, feel-good site LittleThings, which is averaging 150 million monthly views on Facebook so far this year. Eighty-five percent of its viewership is occurring without users turning the sound on. Similarly, millennial news site Mic, which is also averaging 150 million monthly Facebook views, said 85 percent of its 30-second views are without sound. PopSugar said its silent video views range between 50 and 80 percent. The news shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, as Facebook has built a video ecosystem that does not require users to turn the volume up — and publishers have been more than happy to play ball. Most users’ news feeds are now inundated with short videos that feature text or captions narrating what’s being shown on screen. While most of these videos feature narration or some form of background music, the intent is to make it easy for people to consume the information presented in the videos without needing to turn the sound on. “From day one, there pretty much has been the psychology that you have to catch their attention immediately,” said Gretchen Tibbits, chief operating officer for LittleThings. Facebook counts a view at three seconds, which means publishers have to find ways to convince users to stick around in order to capture that view. “But while the first three seconds are critical, the video also has to be designed to capture attention without needing sound,” said Tibbits. Tailoring content to the whims of the Facebook news feed has helped publishers scale on the platform. It’s also turned news feeds stale as publishers put up countless videos that have the same look and feel. Take, for instance, this NowThis video about a Tylenol ingredient that makes people less empathetic and this Tech Insider video about a futuristic bike. While they focus on completely different topics, the key ingredients are the same: a striking visual or message up front followed by a text-heavy explanation of the content. But it works, which means publishers will continue to do this type of content. When it comes to distributing branded content, advertisers for the most part have also come to terms with these quasi-silent videos as the de facto standard — non-live edition — for Facebook. And in these instances, the format works. According to MEC North America, branded videos from its clients average 85-90 percent silent video views. But that doesn’t mean consumers are less engaged. Internal studies conducted by the agency showed that KPIs like brand lift and intent to purchase were not affected by whether the viewer watched the video with the sound on or off, said Noah Mallin, head of social for the agency. “Sound is still an option [on Facebook], but it’s not required,” said Rye Clifton, director of experience at GSD&M. “If you can make something compelling without needing people to turn the audio on, you’re ahead of people who are not thinking that way.” But that’s only if the content is completely made for Facebook. It’s different when it’s a paid media buy for a video ad that wasn’t intended solely for Facebook. When measuring the performance of campaigns on a cost-per-view basis, nine times out of 10, YouTube will come in at a lower price than Facebook, according to Nick Pappas, CEO of SwellShark. (A hurdle here is that Facebook only charges advertisers for three-second or 10-second views, whereas on YouTube, advertisers can pay based on completed views.) “As a paid advertising channel, [Facebook] works sometimes, but it’s so important to have creative that meets the criteria of the platform — otherwise it can be a waste of money,” he said.
3D printing technology is on the verge of revolutionizing manufacturing, with recent examples including shoes and a working electric motorcycle.But now printing is about to get a lot more delicious, with a 3D printer that produces gummy candy in a variety of custom shapes and sizes.The device is called the Magic Candy Factory, and it's being installed at Dylan's Candy Bar stores across the US.The device can also produce words, or scan a photo to create a gummy likeness of someone's face.Users can choose from eight different flavors for their edible creation, and each one is priced around $20.Before becoming a gummy creation, the printer heats up the ingredients and then uses a nozzle to apply it to different shapes and forms.
From these interactions over a mere several hours, I discovered two main differences between WEB and the normal boys club startup events that have unfortunately become customary.Although I certainly didn t have a chance to meet every attendee, the ones I spoke with – and overheard speaking with one another — were driven by similar traits as other entrepreneurs: passion and hunger.They never started with how revolutionary or ground-breaking the company is, its impact on the industry, the amount of funding raised, or who the biggest customers were.For example, a woman I spoke with before the event told me she had created her company Cocosine, which offers frozen food products focused on healthy, responsibly-sourced ingredients as part of kids dining options at school cafeterias, because she was fed up no pun intended with what children were being served at school.In my experience with networking, male founders of early-stage startups will rarely reveal their challenges it s all good because, in their eyes, it s a sign of weakness.The protectiveness may break down eventually, but it initially costs time and energy on both sides.The women I met, however, were candid and unapologetic about the issues they re facing and were receptive to giving and getting advice.Of our five largest clients, three have either female CEOs or VPs leading the charge at their organization.We understand the existing community to support female entrepreneurs is growing, but as consultants and leaders, we have to do a better job of using our knowledge to help women continue to make their mark in the startup world.
It might feel strange to head to the baby food aisle when you don t need to feed a baby, but if you ever make a dish that requires pureed fruit or vegetables and you don t want to do it yourself, it s your best destination.You ll get a flavorful puree without unnecessary additives or ingredients.The video above from the Tastemade YouTube channel is really about how to make a delicious mango pudding, but at about the one minute mark, Dzung Duong offers a tip that I found surprisingly useful: the baby food aisle is the best place to get purees if you re looking for quality—even if you plan to use them in your own recipes.After all, it makes sense: baby food is tightly controlled, and usually the options in the baby food aisle will be devoid of some of the same additives, sweeteners, and preservatives you ll find in the canned food or bottled food aisles for adults.So you ll get better flavor, and while baby food can be more expensive, you may not need as much as you d buy elsewhere in the store, and your final dish will be better as a result.It s a simple tip, but one that can save you time if you don t want to puree something on your own for a recipe, for example, but don t want to give up delicious results either.
China was home to advanced beer-brewing techniques 5,000 years ago, a new study suggests, and it may have been the reason barley was imported and established in the region.Researchers have reached their conclusion based on the analysis of pottery vessel remnants with ancient beer residue inside; this ancient beer recipe includes millet, Job s tears, tubers, and barley in the ingredients.The study, published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, details the residue found in pottery containers that, based on their shape, were most likely used to brew beer.The pottery was discovered in central China, and have been dated back to about 5,000 years.The aforementioned ingredients were brewed together, according to the study; the researchers say their analysis indicates that China had advanced beer-brewing thousands of years ago, and that barley was brought from Western Eurasia into China s Central Plain for the purpose of brewing, only later on being part of the nation s subsistence agriculture a couple thousand years later.This isn t the first booze-related discovery, of course.
Oat bars flapjacks if you re British make a great, chewy, on-the-go breakfast or snack, and these fruit-packed babies can be made in mere minutes using the microwave.To make them, you ll need 1/2 a cup of butter, 5 tablespoons light brown sugar, 2 tablespoons golden syrup you can find golden syrup at any British food shop, or substitute a mixture of equal parts honey and corn syrup , 150 grams oatmeal about 1 2/3 cups , and 50 grams each of golden raisins, candied cherries, and dried apricots.Microwave butter, brown sugar, and syrup together for a couple of minutes until melted and stir in remaining ingredients.Press it all into a greased dish, microwave for four minutes, and let cool.Once cool, slice into delicious, gooey bars that are perfect for easy snacking, no matter what you call them.Microwave Flapjacks Mumsnet
REUTERS/Aly Song It turns out that craft brewing isn t just for modern hipsters looking to blend, ferment and sip the elements.Researchers have announced the discovery of pottery vessels at the Jijaya site in northern China that provide beer brewing clues that are 5,000 years in the making.Related: Ancient Roman tavern found littered with patrons' drinking bowlsAccording to a report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science PNAS , these ancient Chinese hipsters used a combination of broomcorn millet, barley, Job s tears and tubers in their fermentation process.The presence of barley was particularly interesting to the team, because it was deduced using a process that examined the fossilized ingredients, based on phytolith morphometrics the study of fossilized plant residue .Related: Honeybees sweetened life for Stone Age humans Early beer making may have motivated the initial translocation of barley from the Western Eurasia into the Central Plain of China before the crop became a part of agricultural subsistence in the region 3,000 years later, wrote the team.Lead author Jiajing Wang of Stanford University told AFP that the beer might have, tasted a bit sour and a bit sweet.
Scallions are delicious in lots of things, but getting the best flavor and presentation from them demands you learn to slice them a little differently depending on what you re making.Check out the full video here:In short, slivering scallions is generally best for those times when you need a punch of crispy, texturally solid goodness, like in a salad or to garnish ramen or soup.Try the horse ear cut or just a bit diagonal along the line of the scallion to garnish stir-frys, or to add to grilled meat, fish, or tofu.Finally, the usual fine slice, completely perpendicular, to create tiny, thin coins of scallion, is ideal for cooking or to stir into complex dishes with lots of other ingredients.I imagine part of the beauty of the sliver and horse ear cuts is that they re easier to pick up and manage with utensils, so you wouldn t want to do a fine coin-style slice when you re going to top, for example, a salad, for example.Either way, check it out and give it a try the next time your favorite recipe calls for a green onion.
Image: U.S. Customs and Border ProtectionUS border agents near Nogales, AZ were busy this past weekend.The best part of the whole thing was this pair of meth burritos.The burritos, which are worth at least $1,500 each, were confiscated from a 23-year-old woman trying to pass through a pedestrian gate at the border.Despite being disguised as a delicious foodstuff, her meth was detected by drug-sniffing dogs.The above photo, taken by the border guards, reveals an absence of sour cream, guacamole, or any of the other ingredients one might expect to find in a burrito, meth-filled or otherwise.Also absent is the ubiquitous aluminum foil invariably holding the food item together.
The Hokkaido Kaitakushi Beer Brewery established the oldest beer brand in the island nation, today named after the city where it was founded and known for its gold-star label.Today, social and content marketing efforts are delivering results: driving new revenue for the company, giving product development new insights into the market, and building relationships with beer fans in a whole new way.According to Mitsutaka Kudo, general manager of the company s digital marketing section, Sapporo Breweries corporate culture encourages innovation.While these uncoordinated efforts clearly revealed the efficacy of social tactics, they also introduced inefficiency and duplication of effort as multiple social marketing initiatives appeared across the organization.The campaign moved from concept to market in an astounding 27 hours.And because the front end of the process—which is managed using Oracle Social Cloud—is connected to the back-end outbound marketing and segmentation efforts connected to Oracle Marketing Cloud, the digital marketing team increasingly delivers the right message designed to motivate the right action.
Hello Fresh, a Rocket internet company, delivers pre-measured ingredients and recipes so users can make meals at home.In September 2015 HelloFresh raise 75 million Euros from Scottish investment firm Baile Gifford, at a 2.6 billion valuation.Auctionata s lifestream auction broadcasts enable users around the world to bid at any time from any device.Monoqi collects hard-to-find and limited-edition design products, making 100 of them available each day for a short time on its site.In February Monoqi acquired the assets of former online furniture marketplace Mydeco to help its expansion into the UK market.Since it s launch in February 2014, Kitchen Stories was named among the Best New Apps of 2014 by Apple and has reached over 5 million downloads in over 150 countries.
Fairphone started as a crowdfundingprojekt three years ago. The gang behind in the Netherlands and wanted to build a mobile without conflict metals, where the raw materials can be traced back. For the user, it would be a androidmobil going to tinker with, which can replace the battery and can be easily repaired, a sustainable mobile at all levels, that is. The result was a solid, but rather clumsy androidmobil. It had its teething problems, but the manufacturers managed to repair what has not worked and developed a new version. Fairphone 2 has Android 5.1 as a system, five-inch screen, 4-core processor, the camera has eight megapixels, selfiekameran two. Read more about it on There is also information about where the ingredients come from and how mobile phones are manufactured.
US border agents near Nogales, Arizona, were busy last weekend.The best part of the whole thing was this pair of meth burritos.The burritos, which are worth at least $1,500 just over £1,000 each, were confiscated from a 23-year-old woman trying to pass through a pedestrian gate at the border.Despite being disguised as a delicious foodstuff, her meth was detected by drug-sniffing dogs.The above photo, taken by the border guards, reveals an absence of sour cream, guacamole, or any of the other ingredients one might expect to find in a burrito, meth-filled or otherwise.Also absent is the ubiquitous aluminium foil invariably holding the food item together.
US border agents near Nogales, Arizona, were busy last weekend.The best part of the whole thing was this pair of meth burritos.The burritos, which are worth at least $1,500 just over £1,000 each, were confiscated from a 23-year-old woman trying to pass through a pedestrian gate at the border.Despite being disguised as a delicious foodstuff, her meth was detected by drug-sniffing dogs.The above photo, taken by the border guards, reveals an absence of sour cream, guacamole, or any of the other ingredients one might expect to find in a burrito, meth-filled or otherwise.Also absent is the ubiquitous aluminium foil invariably holding the food item together.