Episode 61: Food Myths

Monday, September 11, 2017
On this week's episode, we are busting food myths left and right, including whether you should rinse your chicken before using it, drinking 8 glasses of water everyday, and if salt decreases the boiling point. So many myths busted! Plus, we help our Food Fight listener organize her freezer for the sake of toaster waffles.


Nightcap to help you sleep?

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Let's taco 'bout it!


Wash your chicken?

  • Food Myth #3: You need to drink 8 glasses of water a day. Myth! This started in 1945 US Food and Nutrition Board came out and said you need 2.5 liters of water a day, but everyone ignored the following sentence that said you could get a lot of the needed water through prepared foods.
  • Food Myth #4: An alcoholic nightcap will help you sleep better. Myth! Alcohol can make you get to sleep faster, but beyond that, this is a myth! In fact, you are going to mess up your sleeping pattern according to studies at the Henry Ford Health Systems.
  • Food Myth #5: Salt will lower the boiling point and make your water boil faster. Myth! Salt actually causes boiling point elevation. However, when salt is added when it's close to boiling, the salt provides many more nucleation sites for bubbles, so it appears to help water boil faster.
  • Our Food Fight listener is struggling with no room in the freezer. Remember, the life changing magic of tidying up! And cook and shop your own fridge and freezer. Also, use bins for organization.

Run Time: 47 minutes

Sponsors: Our podcast is brought to you by our awesome and food-loving sponsor, Ikea!



It's Annual Swedish Crayfish Party time!

Our sponsor for this week's episode is the Draper Utah IKEA (67 West IKEA Way, Draper, Ut 84020). IKEA Draper and other participating IKEA stores are having their special end-of-summer celebration: the Annual Swedish Crayfish Party on Friday, September 15, 2017.

There will be drinks, crayfish, desserts, and lots of traditional Swedish food. Plus, we will be hosting a fun crayfish/crawfish inspired-quiz with fun prizes. We hope to see you there!

Ask a Restaurant co-worker for more details and to purchase your tickets. Seating is limited. IKEA Family members get special pricing, so sign up in store or on the IKEA store app.

Episode 60: Apples

Tuesday, September 5, 2017
On this week's episode, we are celebrating the arrival of autumn (and mourning the passing of summer) by talking about apples. We cover the long history of apples, then we talk about what makes an apple crispy, and what different types of apples there are and which ones are good for eating and which ones are good for dessert! Plus, we help our Food Fight listener send off her daughter to college with some good recipes that are healthy and quick and inexpensive.


Apples, apples!

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Let's taco 'bout it!

Zucchini (and other gourd) Races


Apple pie!


Run Time: 52 minutes

Sponsors: Our podcast is brought to you by our awesome and food-loving sponsor, Ikea!


It's Annual Swedish Crayfish Party time!


Our sponsor for this week's episode is the Draper Utah IKEA (67 West IKEA Way, Draper, Ut 84020). IKEA Draper and other participating IKEA stores are having their special end-of-summer celebration: the Annual Swedish Crayfish Party on Friday, September 15, 2017.

There will be drinks, crayfish, desserts, and lots of traditional Swedish food. Plus, we will be hosting a fun crayfish/crawfish inspired-quiz with fun prizes. We hope to see you there!

Ask a Restaurant co-worker for more details and to purchase your tickets. Seating is limited. IKEA Family members get special pricing, so sign up in store or on the IKEA store app.


Episode 59: Survival Food from Hardtack to MREs

Monday, August 28, 2017
On this week's episode and in light of current events, we get into survival food, starting with its history from hardtack and pemmican. Then we move on to the current Meals-Ready-to-Eat (MREs) and how those were developed to what they are today. Plus, we chat about making sure your water supply is good. We then also cast our vote for a question posed to us about pineapple on pizza during our Food Fight segment.


In case of emergency...

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Let's taco 'bout it!


Not hardtack, but you get the picture


Safe drinking water

Run Time: 55 minutes

Sponsors: Our podcast is brought to you by our awesome and food-loving sponsor, Ikea!



It's Annual Swedish Crayfish Party time!


Our sponsor for this week's episode is the Draper Utah IKEA (67 West IKEA Way, Draper, Ut 84020). IKEA Draper and other participating IKEA stores are having their special end-of-summer celebration: the Annual Swedish Crayfish Party on Friday, September 15, 2017.

There will be drinks, crayfish, desserts, and lots of traditional Swedish food. Plus, we will be hosting a fun crayfish/crawfish inspired-quiz with fun prizes. We hope to see you there!

Ask a Restaurant co-worker for more details and to purchase your tickets. Seating is limited. IKEA Family members get special pricing, so sign up in store or on the IKEA store app!

Episode 58: Crawfish Part 2: Louisiana Crawfish Boils

Tuesday, August 22, 2017
On this week's episode, Sharon is joined by Ike to talk all about crawfish (this is the correct way to pronounce it, of course!), American-style! They give tips on how to catch your own (cat food!) and how to put your own crawfish boil. We also help our Food Fight listener not feel like a lunch mooch.




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Let's taco 'bout it!

  • Sharon's been eating a lot of fruit this week and Ike has been eating crawfish this week, because they caught 
  • Thanks to Tina for writing in about our egg episode. Her fave way to eat eggs are scrambled! By the way, you can write in to hungrysquared@gmail.com to harass Ike for not being caught up on our episodes. ;)
  • There is a Cajun legend of how crawfish were originally lobster. They missed the Cajuns when they were exiled from Nova Scotia, so they decided to go find them, but legend has it that they shrunk as they moved down to the Louisiana area. When they arrived, they had a festival and they were renamed!
  • How to catch a crawfish: You can stick a piece of string with a piece of raw chicken tied to it, or you can use a trap like this box-like one or this cylindrical one using chicken or cat food.

Live crawfish

  • Crawfish love to eat algae, so find them nearer the surface of the water. And they can be cannibalistic. So upon transport, keep them wet and cool, so they aren't active.
  • You can also order your own crawfish online. Make sure to grab some "the boil" (aka seasoning) like this and this.
  • How should you have a crawfish boil: This from Zatarans and this from Thrillist are good resources.
  • Don't forget the ice chest afterward to cool off your boiled crawfish.
  • Sharon and Ike help our Food Fight listener not feel like a lunch mooch.

Run Time: 41 minutes

Sponsors: Our podcast is brought to you by our awesome and food-loving sponsor, Ikea!



It's Annual Swedish Crayfish Party time!


Our sponsor for this week's episode is the Draper Utah IKEA (67 West IKEA Way, Draper, Ut 84020). IKEA Draper and other participating IKEA stores are having their special end-of-summer celebration: the Annual Swedish Crayfish Party on Friday, September 15, 2017.

There will be drinks, crayfish, desserts, and lots of traditional Swedish food. Plus, we will be hosting a fun crayfish/crawfish inspired-quiz with fun prizes. We hope to see you there!

Ask a Restaurant co-worker for more details and to purchase your tickets. Seating is limited. IKEA Family members get special pricing, so sign up in store or on the IKEA store app!


Episode 57: Crayfish Part 1: Swedish-Style Crayfish Party

Monday, August 14, 2017
On this week's episode, Winter is joined by Lee in having a discussion about crayfish and the crayfish parties that are often held in Sweden in August and September. We welcome our special guests, Marcus and Deanne Carlson and Julie Ann and Brandon Lake, for a lively discussion called Crayfish Part 1: Sweden! We learn all about the history of these crayfish parties in Sweden and how to throw one yourself. Also, we help one of our Food Fight listeners get started using her new Instant Pot by first taking it out of the box.


Crayfish all the way!

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Let's taco 'bout it!

  • On this week's episode, we decided to split the crayfish/crawfish topic up, so Winter is joined by Lee to talk about the Swedish tradition this week.
  • Lee made a tasty and refreshing salad with shrimp, sweet potatoes, grapefruit, and pistachios and we both enjoyed that. And Winter is enjoying the Mexican Midget and Sweet Million cherry tomatoes that are ready to eat in their garden. Yay!
  • We welcome our friends Marcus and Deanne Carlson and Julie Ann and Brandon Lake to talk about their time in Sweden and these Swedish Crayfish parties.
  • Summers are short in Sweden, so these parties are held in August and September every year as the last hurrah of summer.

Summer is short in Sweden--live it up!

  • Typically, crayfish is accompanied by a green salad, bread, and a famous cheese pie made from a Swedish cheese called Västerbottensost.  You can try this good recipe or this one by Ikea.
  • Alcohol is as important as the crayfish are at these parties. Even when prohibition was being considered around the world, the crayfish party (and the accompanying drinking) won out.

Crayfish and alcohol

  • You must take your singing very seriously. Here are some traditional songs they sing: This song is always first (Helan Gar) and another song.
  • Also, make sure you get some decorations, including bibs and hats to wear during this party--it's mandatory! How about a crayfish lantern from IKEA?
  • We also help one of our Food Fight listeners with her new Instant Pot. Lee is pretending not to be excited for her, but Winter is excited for her!

Run Time: 52 minutes

Sponsors: Our podcast is brought to you by our awesome and food-loving sponsor, Ikea!



It's Annual Swedish Crayfish Party time!

Our sponsor for this week's episode is the Draper Utah IKEA (67 West IKEA Way, Draper, Ut 84020). IKEA Draper and other participating IKEA stores are having their special end-of-summer celebration: the Annual Swedish Crayfish Party on Friday, September 16, 2017.

There will be drinks, crayfish, desserts, and lots of traditional Swedish food. Plus, we will be hosting a fun crayfish/crawfish inspired-quiz with fun prizes. We hope to see you there!

Ask a Restaurant co-worker for more details and to purchase your tickets. Seating is limited. IKEA Family members get special pricing, so sign up in store or on the IKEA store app!



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