Originally Posted by prterrell
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think pudding as we know it here in the US is really eaten outside of the the US (maybe is in Canada?).
As for fruit-flavored gelatin (which is what Jello is), I have no idea if that is something that is eaten outside the US/NA or not. We have flavoured gelatine packets here - but they are called JELLY (which gets confusing when YOU have Peanut Butter & Jelly - which we would call JAM)
Vegetable shortening is called vegetable fat in other places (I know there is at least one brand of it in the UK and in Australia, not sure about other countries), but is still pretty uncommon, I think most of the things we use it for in the US aren't eaten or are traditionally made with other fats (butter or lard I'm guessing).
Are pumpkins and other squashes (other than zucchini/courgettes) eaten outside the Americas? Or are canned veg just not as common outside of the US? YEP!! We eat these in Australia but more as a vegetable with say a Roast dinner! AND NEVER canned!! LOL - you can't buy canned pumpkin here!
I know a lot of what we find commonplace here in the US isn't in other places (and visa versa), but then things like sweetened condensed milk and various extracts I would think would be available in Europe. Are you able to order from online sources, such as Lorann's and have it shipped, or are the shipping costs prohibitive?
I wonder if it's easier to get things that are more common in Europe here in the US than the other way round? For example, if I want Devon (clotted) cream, there are stores here in the US that import it, but I guess other than at US military commissaries, many US food products aren't shipped overseas?
Hey we have GOLDEN SYRUP!! woo hoo - makes the best caramel mudcake!
Have noticed that LOTS of US recipes contain purchased "Prepared ingredients" - we are lucky (I think) that we haven't gone down that path here yet (sure it WILL come) - most here still use raw ingredients (butter, sugar, flour eggs, milk etc) Packet mixes are NOT cost effective - they range from $4- $6 a packet and you STILL need to add eggs, butter/oil, milk !)