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Caveat Emptor

 

The labels blare at us from out TV screens, newspapers, magazines, and grocery store shelves:

Natural
All Natural

Caveat Emptor. Or in plain English: Buyer beware.

What exactly do these claims mean?

In a word. Nothing.

In two words: absolutely nothing.

In three words: absolutely positively nothing.

I was going to try for four or five words, but I am not going to beat a dead horse.

You get the idea!

The term “Natural” on a product, food or non-food, means only what the manufacture of the product wants it to mean. And in my humble opinion what the manufacture wants it to mean is this:  I will charge you lots and lots more money for a totally and completely meaningless claim.

First of all, natural does not necessarily mean good. Let’s take mildew for example. Mildew is all 100% natural . But it is not particularly healthy for humans and not at all for this human as I am allergic to it and it causes all sorts of havoc with my sinuses.

Salt and sugar are also a natural ingredients. So this often leads to potato chip packages and some candy packages with the term, “Natural” on it. The word, “Natural” on packaging has nothing to do with how nutritious a product is.

Except for meat, there are no standards for what the word “Natural” means. According to Slash/Food :

…..meat and poultry products, for which “natural” labels can only be put on foods not containing “artificial flavoring, colors, chemical preservatives, or synthetic ingredients” (whatever that may mean), the “natural” label has no official definition and can be used without any USDA approval.

So in reality the term means nothing, and even on meat it does not mean a heck of a lot.

Manufactures are simply cashing in on our desire to use natural, free of pesticides and chemicals, rather than artificial ingredients.

The best thing you can do is to 1.) Ignore the word, “Natural” on any product; and 2.) Use the Nutrition Label on the package to check what you are getting. As imperfect as they are those nutrition labels are your best guide.

We certainly cannot believe the packaging label, that’s for sure!!!!

Featured Recipe    Chicken Wings with NFC Sauce

Super Bowl Sunday is fast approaching. I don’t have a horse in this show. In other words, football is not my bag. It is not even worth it to me to watch the game for the ads. I can see the best the next day on the internet. I would much rather go watch a good movie.

But I do love chicken wings which a lot of people like to eat while watching the Super Bowl.

Ten or more years ago one of those magazine inserts, Parade or USA Today or something similar, that come with your Sunday newspaper had a recipe for chicken wings with two sauces: an AFC sauce and an NFC sauce.

I did not care for the AFC Sauce and did not keep it. But I loved the NFC Sauce. That is what I am sharing with you today.

I also like this recipe because it calls for roasting the wings rather than deep frying them. If you do that on a rack, a lot of the fat falls to the bottom of the pan and therefore makes the wings healthier. I know the food police would disagree. But I don’t much listen to them anyway. 

Making your own wings is less expensive, ($2.20 per person) healthier, and the wings far more juicy delicious than any processed frozen ones or any processed fast food, or restaurant wings I have ever tasted.

And it does not take that long either. I made these wings in 65 minutes start to finish; and that includes cleaning everything up except the roasting pan and the plates for eating. And that included my three-step process for washing up plates and utensils that touched raw chicken. The three steps being bleach, vinegar, and wash in super hot water.

This is what you will need for 3 people:

15-24 wing pieces*

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Salt and pepper to taste

*NOTE: The original recipe calls for 24 wing pieces. I have never been able to coat 24 wings with the amount of sauce the recipe below makes. I am lucky of I get 15 pieces. You will see that in the pictures below.

For the Sauce:

¼ cup ketchup

2 tablespoons brown sugar (any)

1 Tablespoon Vinegar (any)

This is what you do:

Put your oven rack in the upper middle position. Heat oven to 450 degrees.

Set a large wire rack over a foil lined shallow pan. (If you don’t have one, roast on a foil lined cookie sheet or other pan. The wings will cook in the oil but it can be done and I have done it that way on occasion.)

Put wings in a large bowl and add the oil and salt and pepper. Using your hands mix it all together so that all the wings are well coated.

Then arrange in a single layer on the rack.

Place in the oven and toast until golden brown about 40 minutes.

While the wings are roasting make the sauce.

Place all sauce ingredients in a small bowl……………….

………….and mix well. Set aside until the wings have cooked 40 minutes or are golden brown.

When wings are golden brown remove them from the oven.

Using tong dip each wing into the Sauce………………….

…………….and toss to coat both sides.

Place the wings back into the roasting pan. The recipe calls for draining the oil in bottomof pan and just throwing them on the pan. I put them back on the rack. Your choice.

Then place back into the oven for 8-10 more minutes.

Remove from the oven.

Place on a plate. I had some green onions in the fridge and sliced them and threw on top for some color. 

Serve with Simple Romaine Salad or Classic Cole Slaw; both recipes I shared with you within the last week. Click the link to get the recipes.

If you would like to see the AFC Sauce, which includes hot red pepper sauce, I found it on the internet at cdkitchen. Just click the link and you can get it.

Preview:

On Sunday I will share another chicken wing sauce with you. The main ingredients are two of my AbFave ingredients: butter and garlic. Be sure to come back Sunday for this delicious recipe you can serve on Super Bowl Sunday as well.

Bon Appetit!!!!!!!

Cost

15 chicken wing pieces                     $6.11

2 tbls vegetable oil                           $0.09

Salt and pepper

For the Sauce:

¼ cup ketchup                                 $0.14

2 tbls brown sugar                            $0.20

1 Tbls Vinegar                                  $0.07

Total Cost = $6.61
Cost per person = $2.20

Quote of the Day

“I’ll play anywhere for $15,000.”

Herb Adderly  

Green Bay Packers cornerback (Super Bowl II) When asked if he would rather play the game in Los Angeles or Miami.

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