Trader Joe’s has some of the best hidden gems among its stocked aisles, including amazing Italian foods that rival products from artisanal markets. I take Italian food very seriously – garlicky pasta for life – and I swear by a handful of Trader Giotto’s cheeses, pastas, and dried goods, not only for their quality but also for their price.
Plenty of POPSUGAR editors agree with me, so I’ve crowdsourced all of our must-have Italian foods from Trader Joe’s that you’ll want to pick up when you’ve got plans for a wine and cheese night or you need a quick pasta dinner.
Whether you’re more of a gnocchi kind of girl or you live for the perfect frozen pizza, we’ve got you covered.
Turns Out, There’s a Reason Some Eggs Are Harder to Peel Than Others
Have you ever noticed that some hard-boiled eggs are harder to peel than others? Sometimes the shell doesn’t peel back cleanly and leaves a pock-marked texture on the surface of the egg. It turns out this mostly happens with extremely fresh eggs. As eggs grow older, their shells peel more easily. Why is this? In fresh eggs, the albumen (egg white) tends to stick to the inner shell membrane due to the less acidic environment of the egg.
After the eggshell’s protective coat slowly wears off, the egg becomes porous, absorbs more air, and releases some of its carbon dioxide. This makes the albumen more acidic, causing it to stick to the inner membrane less. The egg white also shrinks slightly, so the air space between the eggshell and the membrane grows larger, resulting in boiled eggs that are easier to peel.
For ideal peeling, use eggs that are seven to 10 days old.
The Reason You Might Not Want to Refreeze Raw Meat After It’s Been Thawed
It’s probably fair to say that every omnivorous home cook has wondered at some point or another whether it’s OK to refreeze that piece of steak after thawing it out and realizing it won’t need to be made after all. The short answer? Yes, you can – but you may not want to.
According to the USDA, when raw meat is thawed in the refrigerator, it is safe to refreeze it without cooking. For this reason, it’s perfectly all right to purchase, say, a previously frozen piece of salmon, and then put it in your freezer when you get home. But if you refreeze thawed poultry or meat, you will be compromising quality of taste and texture. Not only does meat lose water during the defrosting process, but refreezing it also creates ice crystals within the structure of the meat that alter its fibers, leaving an unfortunately dry cut of meat.
Of course, like all raw animal protein, the true safety of the product will depend on whether it’s been properly handled. The best ways to defrost raw meat are in the refrigerator, in cold water, or in the microwave – not on a room-temperature kitchen counter.
Dunkin’ Is Introducing 4 New Signature Latte Flavors, Including Holiday Eggnog
We hope you’re ready to dash through the holidays with Dunkin’. The coffee chain just announced its official holiday lineup and it includes four new Signature Latte flavors specifically created to mimic the festive flavors of the holidays.
The new flavors include Merry Mocha Mint, a Peppermint Mocha-flavored beverage topped with whipped cream, mocha drizzle, and hot chocolate powder; Toasted Gingerbread, gingerbread, marshmallow and chocolate-flavored coffee topped with whipped cream, caramel drizzle and cinnamon sugar; Frosted White Chocolate, white chocolate-flavored topped with whipped cream, caramel drizzle and cinnamon sugar; and Holiday Eggnog, an eggnog and cinnamon-flavored drink topped with – you guessed it – whipped cream, caramel drizzle, and cinnamon sugar.
In addition to the Signature Lattes, there’s also an all-new Holiday Brownie Crumble Doughnut – a vanilla-frosted doughnut dipped in brownie crumbles and drizzled with green icing – hopping onto the menu this year. And, because there’s not a more proper way to round out the holiday lineup, the Peppermint Mocha is also making its return this year alongside two new coffee flavors, Gingerbread S’mores and Winter White Chocolate.
All of the drinks mentioned above will be served in Dunkin’s new holiday cups, which are bright pink and have phrases like “celebratin’,” “sleighin’,” “wrappin’,” and “dashin’,” printed on them, and will be available at participating locations beginning on Nov. 6. Read ahead to get a look at a few of the new items, and make sure you head to a store near you to get your hands on one (or three!) before it’s too late.