Quick & Easy

Sundae best

Sundae best: add quick toppings to ice cream for deliciously easy desserts - Food: Summer EntertainingIce cream means instant dessert. It waits in the freezer, always on call, ready to appear au naturel or dressed up for a celebration.

Date food

Date food: trick her into thinking you're a gourmet cook with this quick and easy mealBeef, like this filet mignon, is a great source of CLA--CONJUGATED LINOLEIC ACID--a type of good fat that has been shown in studies to help increase muscle mass and decrease levels of body fat.

Quick, healthy dishes

Quick, healthy dishes - recipesChicken and Vegetables With Penne makes a hearty one-dish meal. Note: To save time, prep foods-slice, dice and so on-as other items cook.

Go fish

Go fish: start with seafood for a quick, tasty dinner - WeeknightPutting a balanced meal on the table every night is a challenge when work and family compete for your attention. But eating well might be easier than you think--if you think fish. It cooks quickly and is a lean source of protein and iron.

Salad days

Salad days: rice chills out for an easy weeknight meal - Food: Quick CookThis salad is a simplified, lightened version of Richard Wong's original. Make your own seasoning sauce as directed here or, for a shortcut, use a purchased sauce such as his Chinablue Sesame Soy Sauce.

Deli meats package features slider zipper closure - New packages: Food beverage pharmaceutical medical HBA - Brief Article

Deli meats package features slider zipper closure - New packages: Food beverage pharmaceutical medical HBA - Brief ArticleHormel premium sliced dell meats are now packaged in a clear flexible pouch with an integrated Hefty Slide-Rite closure system, supplied by Pactiv Corp., that helps the meat retain its fresh flavor even after the package has been repeatedly opened and closed.

Developed in a joint effort among Hormel Foods, Pactiv Corp. and Multivac Inc., the new Hormel deli meat package is touted as the first application of a slider-type zipper closure on a horizontal thermoform fill-and-seal machine.

"The adoption of this closure system by Hormel Foods was driven by our desire to offer premium dell meats in a package that offers both a technical advantage and consumer convenience," says Dan Miller, manager of packaging development, Hormel Foods. "The end result is a package that gives us a true marketing point of differentiation."

The line operates similarly to horizontal form-fill-seal (HFFS) machines that apply press-to-close zipper applications. The Multivac R530 Zipline forms a pocket, and then sliced meats are loaded. As the machine indexes, the filled portion of the bottom web transfers to the pre-seal station, where film and slider track come together. By adopting the R530, Hormel has increased production capacity for this product by 40%.

"Typically, adding a new feature to packaging requires some level of compromise on production speed," explains Miller. "In this case, we not only enhanced our brand by adding the slider zipper, we also increased our output."

The closure helps to reduce spoilage due to dehydration and makes access to the product quick and easy. The new closures are also convenient for individuals with reduced dexterity, who may have problems with press-to-close zippers.