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What is the Difference Between Baby Back Ribs and Spareribs?

What is the Difference Between Baby Back Ribs and Spareribs?

Summer is coming and that means it’s barbecue season—and there’s no better time to finally figure out the difference between baby back and spareribs than the present. Pork ribs go by many names, depending on the region. Baby back ribs, also known as back ribs, loin ribs, or Canadian back ribs, are shorter than spareribs and a full slab has between 11 and 13 bones. Baby back ribs are connected to the backbone and nestled beneath the loin muscle—they get their name from the fact that they’re the most tender and leanest ribs. They’re sometimes called Canadian ribs because Canadian bacon is made from the same loin mean that’s connected to the ribs. (If you want to learn more than you bargained for about different cuts of pork, check out this very detailed and informative diagram.) READ MORE

What is the Difference Between Refried Beans and Black Beans?

What is the Difference Between Refried Beans and Black Beans?

Although they're often interchangeable as side dishes when you're ordering at a Mexican restaurant, black beans and refried beans are not the same dish, and you'll be sorely disappointed if you're in the mood for frijoles refritos (which translates directly to well-fried beans), and get frijoles negros instead. READ MORE

What is the Difference Between Baby and Adult Vegetables (Besides Age)?

What is the Difference Between Baby and Adult Vegetables (Besides Age)?

Youth is the ideal, right? That's the marketing gimmick they're selling on packages of baby carrots, baby greens, and baby anything-edible. The baby-fication of our food is yet another example of our cultural values, but in some dishes, this distinction means a different taste, texture, and nutrient density. We take a look at the age differences in greens, peas, and asparagus. Eat accordingly. READ MORE

What is the Difference Among Types of Curry?

What is the Difference Among Types of Curry?

The difference among types of curry is as vast as the differences among types of sandwiches. Consider it an Asian sauce category. Common in India, Thailand, Malaysia, China, South Africa, Japan, and everywhere else that borrows their recipes, curry is made so many ways in so many places, even the same kind of curry can depend on the cook's tastes and ingredient availability. There are some general rules, though, most of which can be broken. READ MORE

How Did Cracker Jack Become Synonymous with Baseball?

How Did Cracker Jack Become Synonymous with Baseball?

Cracker Jacks and baseball have more history together than Nathan's hot dogs do with this all-American sport. Nathan's began with a 1916 hot dog stand on Coney Island by Nathan Handwerker, a Polish immigrant. Yet when Jack Norworth wrote the lyrics to “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” in 1908, he called out Cracker Jack. READ MORE

What is the Difference Between Condensed Milk and Regular Milk?

What is the Difference Between Condensed Milk and Regular Milk?

So what actually is condensed milk? READ MORE

What is the Difference Between Pizza Margherita and Cheese Pizza?

What is the Difference Between Pizza Margherita and Cheese Pizza?

Both are Italian classics and covered in cheese, but if you're looking for a slice of pizza Margherita and a slice of plain old cheese shows up, you're going to be disappointed. READ MORE

What is the Difference Between Sweet Pickles and Bread and Butter Pickles?

What is the Difference Between Sweet Pickles and Bread and Butter Pickles?

Who knew there were so many types of pickle? According to the Pickle Primer by Pickle Packers International, there are four main categories of pickle, with countless variations. Pickles are often produced in three methods: refrigerated, fresh-pack, or processed (which implies there is curing or fermenting involved). What's the difference between sweet pickles and bread and butter pickles? READ MORE

What is the Difference Between Caraway Seeds and Fennel Seeds?

What is the Difference Between Caraway Seeds and Fennel Seeds?

You have a recipe that calls for caraway seeds, but you only have a jar of fennel seeds on your pantry shelf. Can you sub them in? It depends. Caraway, also known as meridian fennel, and the fruit (seeds) are often used whole and have a flavor that's similar to anise. Caraway is often used as a spice in breads (especially rye), and is also found in sauerkraut. Nearly a third of the world's supply is grown in Finland and most recipes call for only a small amount (likely a teaspoon) of the pungent seed. READ MORE

What is the Difference Between Ricotta and Cottage Cheese?

What is the Difference Between Ricotta and Cottage Cheese?

Just because they're shapeless blobs compared to their stiffer counterparts doesn't mean ricotta and cottage cheese don't deserve attention and distinction. One kind conjures images of rich Italian pastas and desserts, and the other makes you think of dieting and grapefruit. The difference between ricotta and cottage cheese is fourfold: ingredients, texture, taste, and best uses in recipes — so pretty much everything. They do look similar, though, don't they? And they're both pretty mild-mannered. But you can't always substitute one for the other. READ MORE