Why You Should Be Using Your Phone's Contacts to Save Recipes

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Smartphones do a lot to make cooking easier. Instead of scouring your cookbooks for a specific dinner recipe, or guesstimating the oil-to-vinegar ratio of a perfect vinaigrette, you can look up the information in seconds without leaving your kitchen. But things become a lot less convenient if you have to wash your hands every time you want to use your touchscreen. As The Kitchn reports, there is a way to use Siri to pull up recipes hands-free—and it involves an app you already have on your iPhone.

Food writer Adam Erace recently revealed his trick for organizing recipes in a tweet. Instead of using a dedicated app like Pinterest, Erace creates new contacts in his phone for his most-used recipes. The title of the recipe is saved as the contact name, and details like ingredients, measurements, and ratios go under the contact notes.

It may seem disorganized to save your favorite oatmeal cookie recipe next to your best friend's phone number, but the method makes sense. Every recipe you file in your contacts is sorted alphabetically and easily searchable. But the biggest benefit is that they're accessible through Siri. If your iPhone's hands-free voice activation is enabled, you can activate the virtual assistant without touching the home button. Just say "Hey Siri, show contact meatball" and it will pull up the recipe on your phone while you're handling the ingredients. Erace uses it for basic cooking information like grain-to-liquid ratios, but any recipe that's in your rotation can work.

Hacking your contacts list to make your next meal is one simple way to use technology in the kitchen. Here are some more examples of the ways tech can make cooking easier.

[h/t The Kitchn]

General Mills Is Recalling More Than 600,000 Pounds of Gold Medal Flour Over E. Coli Risk

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The FDA recently shared news of a 2019 product recall that could impact home bakers. As CNN reports, General Mills is voluntarily recalling 600,000 pounds of its Gold Medal Unbleached All-Purpose Flour due to a possible E. coli contamination.

The decision to pull the flour from shelves was made after a routine test of the 5-pound bags. According to a company statement, "the potential presence of E. coli O26" was found in the sample, and even though no illnesses have been connected to Gold Medal flour, General Mills is recalling it to be safe.

Escherichia coli O26 is a dangerous strain of the E. coli bacterium that's often spread through commercially processed foods. Symptoms include abdominal cramps and diarrhea. Most patients recover within a week, but in people with vulnerable immune systems like young children and seniors, the complications can be deadly.

To avoid the potentially contaminated batch, look for Gold Medal flour bags with a "better if used by" date of September 6, 2020 and the package UPC 016000 196100. All other products sold under the Gold Medal label are safe to consume.

Whether or not the flour in your pantry is affected, the recall is a good reminder that consuming raw flour can be just as harmful as eating raw eggs. So when you're baking cookies, resist having a taste until after they come out of the oven—or indulge in one of the many edible cookie dough products on the market instead.

[h/t CNN]

The World's Spiciest Chip Is Sold Only One to a Customer

Paqui
Paqui

If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to get pepper-sprayed directly in your mouth, Paqui Chips has something you can’t afford to miss. Following the success of their Carolina Reaper Madness One Chip Challenges back in 2016 and 2017, Food & Wine reports that the company has re-released the sadistic snack. Continuing their part-marketing gimmick, part-public safety effort, the Reaper chip won’t be sold in bags. You just get one chip.

That’s because Paqui dusts its chips with the Carolina Reaper Pepper, considered the world’s hottest, and most (attempted) consumers of the chip report being unable to finish even one. To drive home the point of how hot this chip is—it’s really, extremely, punishingly hot—the chip is sold in a tiny coffin-shaped box

Peppers like the Carolina Reaper are loaded with capsaicin, a compound that triggers messages of heat and pain and fiery consumption; your body can respond by vomiting or having shortness of breath. While eating the chip is not the same as consuming the bare, whole pepper, it’s still going to be a very uncomfortable experience. For a profanity-filled example, you can check out this video:

The chip will be sold only on Paqui’s website for $6.99 per chip or $59.90 for a 10-pack. The company also encourages pepper aficionados to upload photos or video of their attempts to finish the chip. If it becomes too much, try eating yogurt, honey, or milk to dampen the effects.

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