25 Food Facts You Should Know By the Time You're 25

How many can you check off?

185095911

185095911

White eggs in carton on a table.

Photo by: Eerik

Eerik

1. Eggs aren’t dairy.

Yes, they're in the dairy section at the grocery store, but they're not dairy, people. Dairy comes from milk. Eggs do not.

Casey Austin

Casey Austin

2. Nutrition labels' ingredient lists are in order.

Wait, what? When you grab that box off the shelf, check out the ingredients list. Whatever is listed first means that ingredient is used the most. If your granola bar has sugar listed before granola, put it back on the shelf. That bag of microwave popcorn with salt listed first? Pass.

843198858

843198858

Procedure of making donuts in a small town donut bakery.

Photo by: hedgehog94

hedgehog94

3. Doughnut holes are actually just cut-out centers of doughnuts.

Some of us just figured this out, okay?! We know they're literally called doughnut holes, but it's not common sense!

Hand-made doughnuts are just big balls of dough until the middles are cut out. The doughnut becomes a ring and the middle part becomes... doughnut holes. Doughnuts at large chains like Dunkin' Donuts and Krispy Kreme use machinery that makes the doughnut and doughnut holes separately.

499721531

499721531

Four sticks of salted butter isolated on white.

Photo by: Tomas_Mina

Tomas_Mina

4. Butter is not a carb.

Mean Girls brought this up years ago, but it's still a question on people's minds. The answer was and always will be: NO. It's a fat.

680338046

680338046

Bottles of extra virgin oilive oil with my own label designed in photoshop.

Photo by: Inner_Vision

Inner_Vision

5. The difference between extra virgin olive oil and olive oil is important.

Extra virgin olive oil is made from pure olives that have been ground into a paste and then squeezed to get the oil out of them. The reject oil, that isn't as fine or pure as it should be, is re-purposed as just olive oil. Regular OO will do just fine in all your cooking needs. Save EVOO for salads, marinades and other uncooked things.

102286193

102286193

Man lifting lid on saucepan

Photo by: Image Source

Image Source

6. When cooking on a stove, open the lid away from your face.

When you're boiling pasta water or steaming vegetables, save yourself from the heatwave of steam and open the lid away from your face. No one wants to burn their eyebrows off while making mac and cheese.

944774718

944774718

Close up male hands chopped fresh red onion on wooden table

Photo by: KucherAV

KucherAV

7. Cut produce flat side down.

Start by cutting your produce in half and then place the FLAT side on the cutting board. This will ensure that your produce won't slide while you're cutting it and ultimately prevent bad accidents.

911397784

911397784

Flames bursting from a pan inside a restaurant kitchen

Photo by: ernhkm

ernhkm

8. Don’t put a grease fire out with water.

THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT.

Imagine: You've somehow started a grease fire on your stove. You panic and think "water puts out fire" and throw some on it. To your surprise, the fire gets bigger. That's because the water and the grease do something science-y (remember, oil floats on water!) and it goes POOF. Instead, contain the fire by cutting off the oxygen. Cover it!

Also, if the cheese that dripped off your pizza and has been sitting on the bottom of your oven for weeks finally caught on fire... close the oven! The fire should go out on its own if cut off from oxygen.

174494893

174494893

Microwave oven on wooden table with time displayed

Photo by: stocknroll

stocknroll

9. Don't put metal in the microwave.

This one is kind of "duh," but just to be clear... please don't put aluminum foil, metal cups or bowls in the microwave. Trust us on this one.

681297262

681297262

A boiling, steaming, bubbling, overflowing water family size pasta pot and two pieces of fish sizzling in a frying pan are cooking on the stove top burners of a cozy home kitchen electric oven range.

Photo by: Willowpix

Willowpix

10. The handle of a hot pan should be turned inwards.

Come on! If you're cooking something on the hot stove and you leave the handle out into the open walking space for anyone to walk into, why? Turn that handle inwards.

598693844

598693844

A rustic wood cutting board on a black slate stone with nothing on it, left blank for copy space. Please see my portfolio for other food and drink images.

Photo by: mphillips007

mphillips007

11. Don’t cut meat on a wooden cutting board.

Please no. Wooden cutting boards have a million nooks and crannies that bacteria from raw meat can get trapped in. Nobody wants bacteria growing in their cutting board.

184943322

184943322

"Close up of butter slices, in the background housewife opening the fridge.More like this:"

Photo by: Mitshu

Mitshu

12. Never bake with salted butter.

Using unsalted butter allows you to use the exact amount of salt needed in a recipe. No one wants a salty cake.

864547960

864547960

In boiling water pour salt with a wooden spoon.

Photo by: Vladimir Kokorin

Vladimir Kokorin

13. ALWAYS salt pasta water.

For the love of God... please salt your pasta water. And by "salt" we mean really salted. One pound of pasta should have one to two tablespoons of salt in the boiling water. And always put the salt in before the pasta!

903658156

903658156

open dishwasher with clean dishes at home kitchen

Photo by: ronstik

ronstik

14. Don’t put wood in the dishwasher.

Wooden cutting boards, spoons and other wooden kitchen tools should be very lightly rinsed. Wash them immediately and lightly with soapy water, but never soak.

175240911

175240911

SONY DSC

Photo by: DonMcGillis

DonMcGillis

15. The difference between a bulb and clove of garlic.

^^^^^That is a bulb.^^^^^

172191788

172191788

cloves of garlic

Photo by: chrisboy2004

chrisboy2004

^^^^^Those are cloves.^^^^^

The cloves are the pieces IN the bulb. Don't make the mistake of putting three bulbs of garlic in your pasta sauce instead of three cloves.

801192856

801192856

Homemade Lemon vinaigrette dressing by fresh ingredients

Photo by: vanillaechoes

vanillaechoes

16. A vinaigrette is always acid and oil.

Balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Apple cider vinegar and avocado oil. Rice wine vinegar and sesame oil. Get the picture?

In its simplest form, vinaigrette consists of oil, vinegar, salt and pepper. More elaborate variations can include spices, herbs, shallots, onions, mustard, etc.

675498840

675498840

Different Types of Salt

Photo by: 4kodiak

4kodiak

17. There are different kinds of salt.

Yes. There are tons of different salts, but the main ones you should know are table salt (or NaCl for all you science geeks), kosher salt, sea salt and Himalayan pink salt.  

- Most table salt is labelled "iodized" which just means the salt has been mixed with a tiny amount of the mineral iodine to help prevent iodine - deficiency. This should be your go-to cooking salt.

- Kosher salt is not always kosher and doesn't have to be used in kosher cooking.

- Sea salt comes from sea water and is thicker and chunkier than table salt.

- Himalayan salt (pink salt) is labelled as the "purest" salt in the world, coming from the Himalayan Mountains in Pakistan. This salt is perfect for adding flavor to cooked foods and as a garnish.

183354852

183354852

Pot of honey

Photo by: Materio

Materio

18. Honey never goes bad.

As long as you keep your honey sealed, you can enjoy it until the end of time.

19. Hate cilantro? It’s in your DNA.

Apparently, the fact that you either love or hate cilantro is in your genes!

539027006

539027006

Old fashioned test.

Photo by: Goldfinch4ever

Goldfinch4ever

20. Water can help you test an egg's freshness.  

The fresher the egg, the faster it will fall to the bottom of a bowl of cold water. Any eggs that float should be discarded. Eggs should last up to 5 weeks after you bring them home from the store.

803155598

803155598

Close up pouring purified fresh drink water from the bottle on table in living room

Photo by: pinkomelet

pinkomelet

21. Water won’t help if your mouth is spicy.

Don't grab the water when you've had a bite of something a bit too spicy. The water will just swish the spice around your mouth. Stick to dairy and, if you're of age, hard liquor (not beer).

471224301

471224301

See other images in my lightbox "Fruits & Vegetables":

Photo by: ALEAIMAGE

ALEAIMAGE

22. Baby carrots aren't really baby carrots.

They're just normal carrots that have been shaved down into the shape of baby carrots.

Chiara Maras

Chiara Maras

23. Rub your hands on stainless steel to get rid of garlic or onion smells.

Have you been cutting onions/garlic? We can smell. Soap and water won't do the trick, but rubbing your fingers on stainless steel (a spoon, the bottom of your sink, a bowl, etc.) under cold-running-water will take the smell out!

518057776

518057776

Closeup of unrecognizable sommelier holding a glass of red wine and performing visual examination. Evaluating appearance, color, clarity, residue on the glass. There are wine bottles and other wine samples in background.

Photo by: gilaxia

gilaxia

24. Why do people swirl wine?

#1: It makes you feel fancy. #2: Swirling wine brings oxygen into the wine and brings out the aroma of the wine.

873936188

873936188

Dried black plums in a bowl on old wooden table, selective focus.

Photo by: SMarina

SMarina

25. Prunes are just dried plums.

And raisins are just dried grapes. The world is a crazy place.

Related Links:

Next Up

16 Foods You Should Have in Your Kitchen By the Time You're 25

You're an adult, so it's time to eat like one (most days, at least!).

7 Foods You Should Refrigerate

You might buy juice, natural peanut butter and ketchup at room temperature, but be sure to keep it in the fridge after it's opened.

8 Foods You Should Not Refrigerate

Are you storing your produce correctly? Here are 8 farmers’ markets finds that should stay out of the fridge.

Three Red Foods You Should Be Eating

Find out why you should eat more cherries, tomatoes and red cabbage.

25 Healthy Holiday Appetizers

Planning your holiday shindig? Here are a whole lot of delicious finger foods for fewer than 300 calories a serving.

25 Holiday Potluck Dishes

Attending a potluck dinner for the holidays? Whether you’re driving or flying, here are easy and healthy ideas that will save the day.

25 Chefs' Burger Secrets

Top creators of some of America's top burgers share their best tips.

25 Cool Gifts for Kids Who Love Food

All they want for Christmas is fooood!