Pickles are extremely easy to make at home, but most people prefer the convenience of commercial jars, often not realizing what's inside. Lets take a look at Vlasic Original Dills, for example, to see what goes into industrial pickles these days. Here is the ingredient list:
The first four ingredients make sense - they are what your grandmother used to make pickles. She also added lots of dill, which, despite the product's name, is surprisingly missing from the ingredient list. Now on to the "bonus ingredients".
Calcium Chloride is a flavoring that doubles as a food preservative. It adds to the salty flavor without the added sodium. On its own, calcium chloride is an irritant, but it is safe when part of a food.
Polysorbate 80 is an emulsifier used in ice creams to keep their texture smooth. It is also used as a solubilizer, helping to dissolv...
Did you know that the average American eats 6 frozen meals a month? The market is estimated at $9 billion in annual sales.
The first TV dinner was introduced to the public in 1953 under the Swanson brand. It was presented as a solution for busy moms who had begun joining the workforce and could no longer spend hours in the kitchen. The meal included turkey, corn bread and gravy, buttered peas and sweet potatoes. It cost $0.98.
This was the beginning of a revolution. Combining an entree and two sides in a three part aluminum container that could be heated, eaten from, and then discarded, proved to be of great convenience to consumers.
To this day, convenience is the top reason for frozen dinner purchases.
The "healthy" frozen meal trend began in the mid-80's when the CEO of Con-Agra suffered a heart attack. Upon returning to work, he could not find a frozen entree that his doctors would approve. Thus was born the Healthy Choices brand. Since the FDA regulates the use of the term "Health...