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Do Expiry Dates Matter?

do expiry dates matter

How seriously do you take the best before and expiry dates on the food products you buy? Every perishable item for sale in our stores includes some kind of date and some people refuse to eat anything past their expiry and best before dates. We know that these dates are a good indication of how fresh the food is, but exactly how necessary is it to abide by these dates?

After a bit of research I discovered a very interesting fact.

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Recipe: Gluten Free Chocolate and Black Bean Brownies

Gluten Free chocolate and black bean brownies

If you have ever baked chocolate brownies, you know that their delicious fudgy texture is mostly because of an embarrassing amount of sugar. Believe me, I love chocolate brownies (I could do with one right now), but I cringe whenever I make them because of the sugar. So, if you want a chocolate brownie treat, what can you do to reduce the sugar and keep the texture. This gluten free chocolate brownie recipe extraordinaire uses black beans (Yay for hidden veg!) for the texture allowing you to use less sugar. Did I mention, it’s also Gluten Free!

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Sinchies Voucher Coming Soon!

It’s time for an exclusive Sinchies voucher and we don’t want you or your friends to miss out. If you have already signed up for our newsletter, you will be receiving a voucher within the next couple of weeks. If you have not yet signed up, now is the time, as we do not want you to miss out on this opportunity.

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Additives and Preservatives Round-Up

additives and preservatives round up

I recently wrote a series of articles on some of the various additives and preservatives commonly found in our food. I thought it would be nice to have an additives and preservatives round-up article for easy reference should you wish to check up on a particular additive.

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Weekly Meal Planning & Free Downloadable

Free downloadable weekly meal planner

Many families have some kind of weekly meal planning system in place because it helps them save time and money. I recently conducted a survey on a South African Facebook group to ask people if they meal plan and their thoughts on the matter. Herewith some of their replies:

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Recipe: Easy Banana Custard Suitable for Babies

banana custard suitable for babies

I haven’t posted any recipes lately so thought it was about time to do so. I love this easy banana custard recipe because it can be changed to suit your baby / toddler / child’s needs as well as your own preferences. It’s also really simple to make. It has no nasty additives or preservatives and can be made out of any milk, formula or even breast milk. How awesome is that?

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Sell on Bid or Buy the Easy Way

Bid or Buy Verified seller

If you’ve ever tried to sell on bidorbuy’s website you probably noticed it is not so easy. The form is quite detailed and takes some time to complete. If you have many items to load, it can take hours, and then after a few weeks it expires, your listing is deleted and you have to start again. But there is a solution other than uploading complicated Excel spreadsheets.

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Additives and Preservatives: What is Aspartame

aspartame found in diet food products

Aspartame is an artificial sweetener used in diet drinks, yoghurts, chocolate and other food items of a similar nature. It was discovered in 1965 and was approved for use in the food industry in 1981.

Aspartame is made from aspartic acid and phenylalanine which are both naturally occurring amino acids. As Aspartame is 200 times sweeter than standard cane sugar, the amount required to sweeten food is much less than that of sugar. However, despite this, many people are worried that Aspartame may be bad for your health.

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