Sunday, December 4, 2011

Reconditioned food and beetroot cookies

Beetroot Chocolate Fudge Cookies
Food Diary (December 04, 2011)
Breakfast: Rolled oats with coconut, banana and flax seeds
Lunch: Rice and green peas
Dinner: Savoury polenta with cauliflower

Why aren’t there beetroot cookies when there are beetroot cakes, pumpkin cakes and pumpkin cookies? There is only one way to find out, to try it, and I am glad I did. In addition to the cookies having a visually appealing pinkish hue, they are crispy on the outside, soft on the inside and delicious all around. And you don't even need to use artificial coloring to get that color.

For those of you who don’t like beetroot, and I guess there is a fair few of you, these cookies don’t taste beety and earthy. There is a very subtle beetroot flavor. If you were not told that the cookies contain beetroot you probably will not even guess it.

When it comes to cookies and health, my personal opinion is that if you are concerned about health, cookies are probably not for you. Just like skydiving is not for you if you are scared of heights. However there are a few health aspects worth mentioning, giving you an excuse to indulge with less guilt. These cookies are low in fat and butter free since the beetroot partially acts as a substitute. The cookies are also low in sugar since beetroot yet again acts as a substitute. Beetroot is a star here, working hard to keep fat and sugar under control. The recipe is available here.

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Hainanese Chicken Rice

Today’s Favourite Blog
I guess you already know what reconditioned cars and computers are. These are old cars and computers which are fixed, tidied up and resold.  But did you know about food reconditioning? Its the process of turning imperfect, mislabeled or contaminated foods into edible goods.

Recently SnoKist Growers repackaged moldy applesauce into fruit cups and canned goods. This is not an illegal practice. The company is allowed to run the food through a heat process to kill the contaminant. In a similar way, when pasta is misshaped, it is re-ground into semolina. 

The FDA does not require a label or notification or even a price reduction to shoppers. I supposed it would not sound too appealing if the label stated that the apple sauce was mouldy but it has been fixed. 

Some other interesting facts, and bad news for vegetarians. Companies can sell food with an average of 225 insect fragments or up to 4.5 rodent hairs per 8 ounces of noodle products. An average of 20 or more maggots is permitted per 3.5 ounces of drained canned mushrooms, or that an average of 15 percent is OK for the mold content in canned cranberry sauce.

I have no ideas whether such practices are allowed outside the US.

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  1. Red velvet cookies! How chic :D A real pretty color.
    I can tell you, if reconditioned foods are being done over here, they certainly won't tell us about it. That was quite disturbing to know.

  2. WOOOOOT! Those cookies look fabulous! So pretty :)

  3. Well - I'm going to have to try these pink cookies!! I'm not such a fan of beets but now I'm hooked :)
    Mary x

  4. Gotta admit that you lost me initially when it said beets, but now I'm considering it again. The cookies are really pretty! The egg and potatoes in the last post still looks awesome to me.

  5. The cookies look awesome, I love beets, wonder what the result would be with golden beets?

  6. Your cookies look delightful. I love the pink color!

  7. Wow I never knew those stats, anyways if you process it on your own youll definitely get it anyways like in leafy vegetables

  8. I don't like the sound of that reconditioned food at all!

  9. What interesting stats and article. You always find the most amazing stories. I am pretty sure I am not into the whole reconditioned food idea:) However, your pink beetroot cookies look so much fun and so delicious

  10. oh what a great idea to try the beetroot cookies, you are right, only way is to try!

    Perfect for christmas time too with the redness!

  11. Even if I hated beetroots I would have to admit your cookies look particularly beautiful! Of course I like beetroots, so for me these pink beauties are very tempting. Their colour reminds me of the French "pralines", the Lyon specialty. I have just added them to my to-do list! You have been very creative here!
    I don't mind maggots and insects as much as rodent hair (!!!!). It sounds particularly awful. I'm almost sure the moulded sauces cannot be transformed into anything edible for humans in Europe. Don't know about rodents though...

  12. I keep seeing food colored with beetroot. Even though I don't like the taste of beets, I may have to try this because I just love the color it produces!

  13. I've put beets in burger rolls before (SO GOOD) but never in cookies! I love how pretty in pink they are!

  14. that is just so disturbing... i can't believe they would allow that much contamination to food! and the thought of a company trying to recondition food. wow. that is just unbelievable!

  15. I want the cookies for the color alone. ;) Love it.

  16. Very interesting site you have.Reconditioned foods sound scary!There should be some guidelines set by the food authorities to protect the people from such crap.

  17. I really like that you don't need artificial coloring to get that gorgeous color for the cookies. I'm glad you tried these out too, they sound great! Oh, and I completely agree, don't eat a cookie if you're paranoid about calories, sugar, fat, etc.! You just gotta indulge once in a while. :)

  18. Another winner of a cookie recipe from you again! I absolutely love all these interesting creations and am always looking out for more!

    Reconditioned food sounds like a terrible idea!!! it's horrible!

  19. ping: creative yet again, wish I thought of the name red velvet cookies earlier. You hope food is being reconditioned because in that way at least its condition is improved. I don’t think manufacturers throw away unless they really have to.

    Hannah: thank you

    Mary: great, looking forward to hearing how it goes

    Mary: thank you, and delicious!

    Gerry: I have never heard of golden beets, maybe it will produce a pale golden colored cookie?:)

    Elaine: thank you

    Raymund: exactly, and in that way as least you know about it!

    Lorraine: it is a bit disturbing to know

    Kitchen Belleicious: no, its not the most exciting food news. The beetroot cookies were not reconditioned, none of them fell on the floor!

    Laural: thank you

    Sissi: thank you. Yes I recall seeing those French treats.
    Given a choice I would agree with you, I prefer maggots and insects to rodent hair:)
    Heat destroys harmful stuff in moulds I think and its mixed with good stuff so you don’t notice the mould!

    Yummychunklet: you should, you may even like the cookies!

    Joanne: I have never tried beets in bread/rolls, will try for sure

    Junia: it is disturbing but reality. Lot of other things happen that we don’t know about

    Briarrose: thank you

    Soni: thank you

    Caroline: only once in a while?

    Sylvia: thank you, I hope to keep them coming:)

  20. Beetroot cookies! This shocking is probably the same as when you saw my green tea cookies, I think! I love the color of the cookies and so unique! I love beetroot so I bet I'll be so happy tasting this cookie!