Amazon sells a pack of 35 boxes of this mac & cheese for $87.00. One box has 3 servings. What is the cost per serving?
In December 2015, Kraft removed artificial flavors, preservatives, and dyes from the product. But they did not tell the public this until March 2016. By then, more than 50 million boxes had already been sold without anyone noticing. To achieve the classic yellow color, Kraft swapped out "yellow 5 and yellow 6" with paprika, annatto, and turmeric. What is the source of annatto?
There are homemade versions of mac & cheese that are less calorie-laden, like using chickpea pasta and unsweetened almond milk instead. But this recipe also calls for xanthun gum. What is this food additive?
Whole Foods sells this block of cheese for $3.99. The store also sells this same product, but shredded, in a 12-oz package for $6.99. What is the savings per ounce to do your own shredding?
Pule cheese (or magareći sir) is the world's most expensive cheese, costing around $600 per pound. It is a Serbian cheese made from the milk of Balkan donkey, an endangered animal. How many times more expensive is pule cheese compared to the sharp Cheddar from Whole Foods?
There are distinctions of mild, sharp, and extra sharp cheddar. What makes them different?
Knudsen® Lowfat Cottage Cheese NET WT 16 OZ (1 LB) 453 g
Target sells this tub of cottage cheese for $2.49. Costco sells the same product in a 3-lb size for $5.79. What is the unit cost savings by buying the larger tub?
According to a USFDA report, Americans buy around 600 million pounds of cottage cheese a year. Given that it takes a hundred pounds of milk to produce only 15 pounds of cottage cheese, how much milk does it take to produce 600 million pounds of cottage cheese?
Cottage cheese is an excellent source of protein and contains relatively few calories. It has many nutrients, such as B vitamins, calcium, phosphorus, and selenium. Cottage cheese is packed with casein protein. What is casein?
Whole Foods sells one small Hass avocado for $1.25. It also sells one bag of 6 avocados for $3.99. What is the savings per avocado?
Avocados have the highest fiber and protein content of any fruit! Avocado oil is also gaining attention. It takes about 20 avocados to make one 250-milliliter (eight-ounce) bottle of oil. Let's say you're able to make the oil at home, and using the price of 6 avocados for $4, how much would it cost to make a 1-liter jug of avocado oil?
On average, 53.5 million pounds of guacamole are eaten every Super Bowl Sunday, enough to cover a football field more than 20 feet thick. How many pounds of guacamole are in one cubic foot of guacamole? (A football field measures 360 ft by 160 ft.)
Whole Foods sells this bag of bagels for $5.49. Noah’s New York Bagels sells a half-dozen of freshly baked bagels for $7.99. Compare their unit rates.
The packaging boasts that the bagels do not contain "high fructose corn syrup." What is this stuff and why would a bread product contain HFCS at all?
Bruegger’s owns the title of World’s Largest Bagel by baking an 868-pound (394 kg) bagel on August 27, 2004 at the Great New York State Fair in Syracuse, N.Y. Let's say you spread 1 oz of cream cheese per 100-gram bagel. How much cream cheese, in pounds, would you need for this world-record bagel?
Philadelphia® Original Cream Cheese NET WT 8 OZ (226 g)
Walmart sells this package for $1.99. However, when the exact product of the same quantity is sold in a "tub," the cost $2.89. What percent increase is this?
The Westin Hotel in New York City serves up a bagel that costs $1,000. It's topped with white truffle cream cheese and a Riesling jelly infused with goji berries and gold leaf. What are goji berries and where are they grown?
As cream cheese contains less than 2 grams of lactose per ounce (28 grams), people with lactose intolerance may not have trouble with it. What is lactose?
Target sells this ice cream carton for $3.99. The store also sells the same ice cream in twice the quantity for $6.99. What is the percent savings by buying the larger carton?
Ice cream can be made at home with five simple ingredients: heavy cream, whole milk, sugar, sea salt, and pure vanilla extract. Since ice cream is a sweet and refreshing treat, you might be surprised to find salt as one of the ingredients. What is the role of salt in making ice cream?
Häagen-Dazs refuses to source the milk it uses in its ice cream from cows that have been treated with rBST. What is rBST?
Whole Foods sells this package for $8.29. The store also sells organic Medjool dates in their produce section, without the packaging, for $8.29 per pound. What is the percent increase in cost when we buy this item packaged?
All dates are grown on date palm trees, similar to coconut palm trees. Many items sold at Whole Foods are organic, including these dates. What is meant by organic?
Most of the calories in dates come from carbs. Despite their calories, dates have a significant amount of fiber. Dates are also high in antioxidants, such as flavonoids. What are the health benefits of flavonoids?
Whole Foods sells these potatoes for $0.99/lb. The store also sells organic russet potatoes in a 5-lb bag for $3.99. What is the percent savings when buying the latter?
Experienced farmers can grow 20 tons of potatoes on one acre of land. If a medium potato weighs 200 g, and 1 ton equals 1,000 kg, how many potatoes are in 20 tons?
Growing potatoes is an efficient way of converting land, water, and labor into nutrition. Speaking of water, it takes 25 liters of water to produce one potato, while it takes 2,400 liters of water to produce one hamburger. What's involved in making a hamburger that would require so much more water?
Bombay® Brown Basmati Rice NET WT 10 LB (4.5 kg)
Amazon sells this sack of rice for $52.72. Costco sells its Kirkland Signature® Jasmine Rice in a 25-lb sack for $21.99. What is the unit cost ratio of the basmati to jasmine?
The two largest rice-producing countries are China and India. In the late 20th century, the world rice crop averaged 850 billion pounds annually and was cultivated on an average of about 358 million acres. How many pounds per acre is this?
Rice comes in thousands of varieties other than basmati and jasmine! You may have heard of sushi, arborio, long-grain vs. short-grain, white, brown, and others. Rice contains amylopectin starch and amylase starch. What is the difference between the two starches?