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KFC’s Top-Secret Recipe; Why No One Drinks Frozen OJ Anymore

Five things to know today

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Happy Monday. This is the last week before Labor Day, so maybe sip up the last dregs of summer with this recipe for a tequila and watermelon fresca; stay in a summer state of mind with this history of one of America’s most iconic ice cream treats; or just read Marcella Hazan’s brilliant treatise on tomatoes.

In today’s top food news:

— A recipe recently published by the Chicago Tribune purportedly contained KFC’s top-secret blend of 11 herbs and spices, but the chain says it’s not real. Colonel Sanders’ actual recipe is "locked up in a digital safe that's encased in two feet of concrete and monitored 24 hours a day by a video and motion detection surveillance system," so anyone who wants to get their hands on it will have to execute an elaborate Ocean’s Eleven-type heist.

— Purchased any pre-chopped produce lately? Better check your crisper drawer, because 30,000 cases of pre-cut vegetables sold in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia have been recalled over listeria fears.

— Pizza Hut’s latest gimmick is a pizza box that doubles as a paper football field. Okay, yes, literally any surface could be used to flick a tiny paper football, but this one has goal posts (and, presumably, greasy pizza residue).

The market for frozen orange juice concentrate is all but dead. Bad weather has negatively affected citrus crops in Florida, but perhaps more importantly, people are simply drinking less OJ — and when they do, it’s not from concentrate.

— Speaking of concentrated breakfast beverages, here’s how instant coffee is made. (It may not be very tasty, but the technology behind it is impressive.)

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