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Can You Age Box Wine?

Aging wine is a complex process that depends upon the proper amount of air being allowed into the bottle. A vessel that's airtight doesn't allow flavorful compounds to develop, while one that's completely open to the air causes the wine to quickly oxidize and taste bad. You've experienced this if you've left an open bottle of wine in your fridge or on your counter too long. A properly corked bottle is just airtight enough to keep wine fresh yet allow the wine to mature: The glass is airtight, but the cork allows in .01 to .1 cubic centimeter of oxygen a day. Box wines, not so much. READ MORE

Do the Stickers on Organic Fruit Use Organic Glue?

Do the Stickers on Organic Fruit Use Organic Glue?

The adhesives used on fruit stickers are regulated by the FDA as "indirect food-contact substances," says Soo Kim, a spokesperson for the Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Marketing Service. (The ingredients that may be used are outlined in the Code of Federal Regulations part 175.125.) The same rules apply to adhesives for both organic and nonorganic fruit, says Barbara Haumann, a spokesperson for the Organic Trade Association. READ MORE

Can Eating Poppy Seeds Make You Fail a Drug Test?

The poppy seeds on your bagel come from the plant the same one that produces opiate drugs like morphine and heroin. The notion that eating a poppy-seed bagel might get you branded as a smack addict seems like urban legend. But "it's not a myth at all," explains Cynthia Whiteman, a senior analyst at Norchem, a forensic drug-testing laboratory in Arizona. "Every part of the plant does have morphine. The seeds have a very small amount but still will get positive results [on a drug test]." READ MORE

What’s the Best Way to Dispose of Cooking Grease?

Dumping used cooking grease down the drain can clog your pipes: It may be liquid when you pour it, but it will cool and harden quickly. "Even if it doesn't mess up pipes, [everybody's plumbing] dumps into the city pipes and the grease builds up, eventually causing a blockage, which leads to sewer spills," says Donna Souza, the program manager of the Food Establishment Wastewater Discharge Program in San Diego, California. The best way to dispose of grease is to keep it out of the plumbing system entirely by reusing it or recycling it. READ MORE

How Do You Get Rid of Fruit Flies in Your Kitchen?

Fruit flies are the small, gnatlike nuisances that buzz around the fruit bowl. They belong to the family of insects called . Once they are spotted in your kitchen, a sense of doom may set in. "Unless breeding sites are cleaned or removed, the problem will continue," says Dr. Linda Mason, professor of food pest management at Purdue University. Here is her recommended plan of attack.   READ MORE

What’s the Difference Between Hot Smoking and Cold Smoking?

It's not about how close to the equator you light up that cigarette. READ MORE

Why Do Bananas Turn Black in the Refrigerator?

Your vacuoles are leaking. READ MORE

What’s the Difference Between a Macaroon and a Macaron?

That one o makes a big difference. READ MORE

Can Honey Help Alleviate Allergies?

That would be totally sweet! READ MORE

How Do You Eat Nettles Without Getting Stung?

Raw foodists beware. READ MORE