A restaurant in Bangkok has been constantly cooking and serving from the same soup for 45 years, a form of "perpetual stew" nypost.com/2019/07/29/thiโ€ฆ
Betty Crocker was never a real person. She was created for a Gold Medal Flour ad in 1921. Shortly after the company decided to use the character to answer all the baking and cooking questions received by mail, as a woman was a more trusted source of baking information than an all male staff pbs.org/food/the-history-โ€ฆ
Tomatoes are botanically defined as fruits because they form from a flower and contain seeds. Still, they're most often utilized like a vegetable in cooking. In fact, the US Supreme Court ruled in 1893 that the tomato should be classified as a vegetable on the basis of its culinary applications healthline.com/nutrition/โ€ฆ
Soaps have been made for millennia. Alongside making fire and cooking food, turning oils and fats into soap is one of the oldest and simplest chemical reactions known to humankind. It is believed that the first soaps were accidentally made by fat dripping into the ashes of cooking fires. drbronner.com/about/our-cโ€ฆ
Thereโ€™s no โ€˜correctโ€™ side of aluminum foil to use when cooking. The difference between the two sides is due to a manufacturing process. Two layers of foil are pressed together and milled at the same time, because otherwise, it would break. rd.com/food/fun/real-reasโ€ฆ
In 1984, Burger King ran an ad campaign with a character called โ€œMister Rodneyโ€ touting its superior cooking over McDonaldโ€™s. The campaign was stopped after Mister Rogers himself called Burger Kingโ€™s vice president, who had the commercial taken off the air. neighborhoodarchive.com/mโ€ฆ
That, when measuring things for cooking, the volume of a tablespoon is different in the US, the UK and Australia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tabโ€ฆ
The banned french delicacy Ortolan is customarily eaten while covering your face with a napkin. Partially to keep in the aroma and partially to hide the shame of eating the bird from God as it is prepared for cooking by force feeding it and then finally drowning it in a vat of Armagnac brandy. smithsonianmag.com/smart-โ€ฆ
The shape of bagels came from Europe centuries ago. One theory is that Jews in 13th century Poland were allowed to boil (but not bake) bread, and the shape distinguished the bread. But that's not the whole story, modern food science proves the shape increases cooking surface area and chewiness. mashed.com/151894/the-reaโ€ฆ
A loofah (luffa) is a type of plant. It can dry out to become a "sponge," but it can also be used in cooking. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lufโ€ฆ
The pigment Prussian Blue, used extensively in "Starry Night" and "The Great Wave off Kanagawa", was first synthesized by cooking blood with potash. youtube.com/watch?v=AdlHHโ€ฆ
Some fruits like pineapple, papaya, and mango can't be used fresh in Jello because they contain enzymes called proteases, which break down collagen proteins and prevent gelatin from setting. Cooking the fruit first inactivates the enzymes. scientificamerican.com/arโ€ฆ
Cooking food allowed the human brain to develop and become the most advanced among all species. It allowed the food to releases more nutrients and hence allowed to meet the brain metabolic demand and even thrive. Gorillas spent 80% of their time eating although they have 1/3 of our neurons. npr.org/sections/thesalt/โ€ฆ
The 2007 reality show 'Kids Nation' had an accident where several children required medical attention after drinking bleach that had been left in an unmarked soda bottle. Another injury happened to one 11-year-old girl who burned her face with splattered grease while cooking. realityblurred.com/realitโ€ฆ
The Song of India is the first Indian restaurant in South East Asia to have ever won a Michelin Star, its Executive Chef Manjunath Mural was destined to be a doctor since his entire family was in the profession and decided to change that when he found his love for cooking. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manโ€ฆ
Dogs were once used in kitchens to turn spits for roasting meats. The Canis vertigus, or turnspit, was an essential part of every large kitchen in Britain in the 16th century. The small cooking canine was bred to run in a wheel that turned a roasting spit in cavernous kitchen fireplaces. npr.org/sections/thesalt/โ€ฆ
Teppanyaki is not a traditional Japanese method of cooking and dates back only to 1945, when the first teppanyaki steakhouse opened in Japan. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tepโ€ฆ
There's an extinct breed of dog that was bred to run on a wheel in order to turn meat on a cooking spit in kitchens. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turโ€ฆ
Today I learned about garum, a popular condiment in ancient Rome. Garum was a type of fish sauce that was widely used in everyday cooking, came in different flavors, and even had a kosher version. youtu.be/KLDlUGXJMFY
Today I learned about Prions, infectious agents that are not viruses or bacteria, have no DNA, have great resistance to disinfectants/cooking, and can persist in environments for years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Priโ€ฆ
Japanese scientists have transplanted hair follicle germs (HFG) on mice which were grown on a substrate of dimethylpolysiloxane, (a silicone added to McDonald's fries to stop cooking oil from frothing). The technique created 5,000 HFGs at once and started new hair growth on mice. foxnews.com/food-drink/mcโ€ฆ
All of McDonaldsโ€™ delivery trucks in the UK, have been running on used cooking oil from their restaurants since 2007. uk.reuters.com/article/ukโ€ฆ
The Egyptian national dish is mulukhiyah has in its cooking instructions is to heat an oil until still sizzling, to create a characteristic sound which people traditionally respond to with the shahka (Arabic: grasp for breath in fear or surprise). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mulโ€ฆ
Blood can be used as a substitute for eggs in cooking and baking. organicauthority.com/buzzโ€ฆ
One cup measure for baking/cooking can vary by country making a big difference in the outcome of recipes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cupโ€ฆ
Sandra Lee from Food Network's "Semi-Homemade Cooking" is current New York Governor Cuomo's ex and was New York's de facto First Lady for 8 years en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanโ€ฆ
There is a practice in China for reusing fatbergs from the sewers as cooking oil. youtu.be/JpDTh5FWAbw
The Decretum by Burchard of Worms, (c. 950 โ€“1025), recommends two years of penance on fast days for medieval women who have put live fish in their vaginas until the fish dies, then cooking it and feeding it to the object of their affection as a love spell. inews.co.uk/essentials/loโ€ฆ
Today I learned of Typhoid Mary. Mary was a cook in New York City in the early 1900s.An asymptomatic carrier of typhoid, she infected 20 people, causing one death. After years of isolation, she went back to cooking, causing another major outbreak and two more deaths. She spent the rest of her life in isolation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marโ€ฆ
- It makes no difference which side of the aluminum foil you use, both sides do the same fine job of cooking, freezing and storing food. The difference in appearance between dull and shiny is due to the foil manufacturing process culinarylore.com/food-sciโ€ฆ
Saffron is the world's most expensive spice costing 5,000$ per kilo. 80,000 flowers are needed to produce 450g of it. It was employed as a dye for expensive textiles, a perfume by Cleopatra and even as a medicine. Nowadays, its used in cooking, adding a distinctive aroma flavor to our dishes. finedininglovers.com/artiโ€ฆ
Today I learned that you should not wash your chicken or poultry after getting it from the store. Raw chicken may have bacteria on them but you'll kill them when cooking your food. But by washing your chicken you are can splash these bacteria around your kitchen and even making them airborne. youtube.com/watch?v=6BP6Lโ€ฆ
Soaking beans helps eliminate gas-producing compounds. This can alleviate bloating and flatulence, common side effects of consuming beans. Lentils lack sulfur so there is no need to soak them before cooking oureverydaylife.com/need-โ€ฆ
โ€œTriโ€ in Triscuit isnโ€™t about three but rather elecTRIcity + bisCUIT since cooking with electricity was new technology. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triโ€ฆ
The singer Kelis, best known for the song "My Milkshake," is a Cordon Bleu-trained chef who leads cooking classes on AirBnB Experiences. abnb.me/QTHZkegIY3
Chopsticks were first used in China for cooking, not eating. chinahighlights.com/traveโ€ฆ
Early forms of rotisserie cooking operated via turning power generated by dogs running on treadmills. npr.org/sections/thesalt/โ€ฆ
The entire Disney Transport bus fleet uses R50 renewable diesel fuel, obtained from used cooking oil and non-consumable food waste from the resort. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walโ€ฆ
Today I learned of Alexis Benoรฎt Soyer (born 1810) who was one of the first โ€œcelebrityโ€ chefs. In addition to creating recipes, he invented a stove for soldiers to use during the Crimean war, wrote books and pamphlets on cooking, and did a lot to help the suffering in Ireland during the potato famine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aleโ€ฆ
FDR's White House housekeeper, Henrietta Nesbitt, was a legendarily awful cook. โ€œOf course Henrietta did not personally do the cooking,โ€ wrote a former WH maid, โ€œbut she stood over the cooks, making sure that each dish was overcooked or undercooked or ruined one way or another.โ€ newyorker.com/magazine/20โ€ฆ
Only 10% of Americans Love Cooking. Although many people donโ€™t realize it yet, grocery shopping and cooking are in a long-term decline. They are shifting from a mass category, based on a daily activity, to a niche activity that a few people do only some of the time. hbr.org/2017/09/the-groceโ€ฆ
Former Canadian musician Antoine Sicotte (Sky) has been working as a chef since 2009 as The Rebel Chef, having hosted his own cooking show and authored several cookbooks. youtu.be/f9Na3ew08eA
Before McDonald's switched from cooking its fries in beef tallow to vegetable oil, the fries had more saturated beef fat than their hamburgers. 1.cdn.edl.io/CHDvekuIjSZdโ€ฆ
Today I learned of the word "Charcuterie" which is the branch of cooking devoted to prepared meat products, such as bacon, ham, sausage, terrines, galantines, ballotines, pรขtรฉs, and confit, primarily from pork. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chaโ€ฆ
"Gridiron" originally meant a metal cooking grate. It's slang for a football field because the first football games were played on fields marked with a complete checkerboard-like grid biggameusa.com/blog/what-โ€ฆ
Although they live in a climate inhospitable to crop development, the Inuit do not suffer from vitamin C deficiency (scurvy) due to their diet of frozen and raw fish and mammal organs. By not cooking the food, the vitamin C is not broken down and can be absorbed by the human body. wikipedia.org/wiki/Inuit_โ€ฆ
The Bramley apple, a widespread cooking apple, and all of its trees originated from a single tree that was planted by accident 200 years ago. That tree is still alive today bitaboutbritain.com/storyโ€ฆ
Qantas Airways once powered an interstate flight on cooking oil. This marked Australiaโ€™s first commercial flight using sustainably derived biofuel qantas.com/travel/airlineโ€ฆ
Americans sought comfort TV after 9/11 and watched so much Food Network that the station had to restructure itself to appeal to a general audience. This led to the creation and subsequent rise of reality cooking shows like Chopped and Iron Chef USA. youtu.be/T1-k7VYwsHg?t=72โ€ฆ
Available calories in food can increase up to 90% just by by Cooking, chopping, or blending. precisionnutrition.com/prโ€ฆ
During World War 2, an edible explosive was created under the code name โ€œAunt Jemimaโ€-it was a mixture of flour and the powdery explosive HMX. It could pass for flour and even be used in cooking. It was smuggled by Chinese guerrillas to bypass Japanese checkpoints. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geoโ€ฆ
Since Japanese honeybees don't have big enough stingers to pierce giant hornet exoskeletons, they instead attack by swarming them in "hot bee balls" and cooking them to death. The friction of the buzzing bees can reach 117ยฐ F / 47ยฐ C at the core of the bee ball. youtube.com/attribution_lโ€ฆ
To help combat iron deficiency(a worldwide nutritional problem), โ€œlucky iron fishโ€ - iron lumps molded into the shape fish are made to be added to cooking pots in Cambodia. smithsonianmag.com/innovaโ€ฆ
The reason our minds work so differently from other animals is because of cooking! Cooking allowed our ancestors to โ€œpre-digestโ€ food, unlocking more nutrients and freeing up time for us to practice using our brain as the incredible anomaly that it is today. ted.com/talks/suzana_hercโ€ฆ
Today I learned of Katherine Knight who, in 2001, became the first Australian woman ever to be given a no-parole life sentence after cooking her husband to feed to his children. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katโ€ฆ
During the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918, the Girl Scouts helped by cooking and delivering meals to patients throughout the city. They are credited with saving the lives of people too poor to afford doctors and preventing malnourished children from succumbing to influenza. gshistory.com/tag/influenโ€ฆ
You should never wash raw chicken. Doing do increases your risk of food poisoning from campylobacter bacteria by splashing water contaminated with the bacteria onto hands, work surfaces, clothing, and cooking equipment. nhs.uk/live-well/eat-wellโ€ฆ
Cooking certain vegetables in the microwave can cause it to spark due to the iron content in the food. npr.org/sections/thesalt/โ€ฆ
The historically vague measurements "dash, pinch, smidgen" are mostly real cooking measurements that have generally agreed-upon amounts en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Appโ€ฆ
The word 'Biscuit' means โ€˜cooked twiceโ€™ in French. Around 1690 in Reims (France), a baker wanted to make the most of the oven between two batches, so he had the idea of creating a special dough and cooking it twice. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bisโ€ฆ
Chimpanzees have got all the cognitive abilities necessary for the human-only practice of cooking. They understand that cooking is a process - that food is transformed into a tastier form; they donโ€™t do it in the wild because theyโ€™ve never learned to manage fire. news.nationalgeographic.cโ€ฆ
Waffle House owns a record label that makes records for the restaurant chain's jukeboxes with titles such as "They're Cooking Up My Order." Producers include Jerry Buckner, whose band, Buckner and Garcia, scored a top 10 single in 1982 called "Pac-Man Fever." npr.org/sections/thesalt/โ€ฆ
Today I learned about Typhoid Mary: the first asymptomatic carrier of typhoid. In her job as a cook she infected 51 people. She was forcibly isolated for 3 years; being released on the promise she didnโ€™t return to cooking. She did return, was caught and confined for the remainder of her life (23 years). britannica.com/biography/โ€ฆ
The oldest surviving work of latin prose is a guide to farmers by Cato the Elder. Along with detailed instructions on running a farm it contains a guide to brewing wine and many cooking recipes,including one for cheesecake en.wikipedia.org/wiki/De_โ€ฆ
Nitrogen gas is liquified at extremely low temperature โˆ’196 ยฐC or โˆ’320 ยฐF. It can cause rapid freezing on contact with any materials or living tissues. Liquid nitrogen can be stored and sometimes used for gastronomic cooking such a the dragon breath candy, a popular snack in Malaysia youtu.be/z-PEzSr-Qbs
Today I learned about Chris Thomas Knight, who lived alone in the Maine wilderness for 27 years, surviving off stolen goods from local camps, having no fire for heat or cooking, and only speaking once to a passing hiker, he said "Hi." gq.com/story/the-last-truโ€ฆ
Standard calorie counts for foods ignore the effect of cooking, and cooked food has significantly more effective calories because it's more easily digested. blogs.discovermagazine.coโ€ฆ
Today I learned about a specific chess opening titled the "Fried Liver Attack" getting its name from an Italian cooking technique; you trap the king in a net and then increase heat on it with every move en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twoโ€ฆ
During WWII, the American Fat Salvage Committee encouraged housewives to save and donate used cooking fats to make bombs with. theatlantic.com/health/arโ€ฆ
In the face of public health concerns in 1990, McDonald's switched from cooking their french fries in beef tallow to cooking them in vegetable oil. Strong public distaste for the new taste of the fries resulted in McDonald's stock price falling. eatthis.com/mcdonalds-freโ€ฆ
Julia Child's first professional cooking experience was making shark repellant for the CIA (OSS) during WWII en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julโ€ฆ
The poppyseeds used in cooking come from the same species of plant as opium does wimastergardener.org/artiโ€ฆ
Not all rice grains are the same. Each type can be used for specific dishes: long grains for regular cooking because it does not have a distinct flavor; short grain for desert or sushi; medium grain for desert or creamy dishes. riceassociation.org.uk/coโ€ฆ
The Romans were aware that lead mining and lead pipes were toxic, but they did not connect that toxicity with lead cooking vessels penelope.uchicago.edu/~grโ€ฆ
There is a formula for calculating the cooking time for boiling an egg newton.ex.ac.uk/teaching/โ€ฆ
โ€œLondon Broilโ€ is a North American culinary method of cooking certain cuts of beef, which have no traditional basis in the UK. Thereโ€™s nothing โ€œLondonโ€ about a London Broil. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lonโ€ฆ
In 2006, Channel 4's "Gadget Show" tested the durability of an 'Indestructible USB' by cooking it with propane, freezing it with dry ice, submerging it in acidic liquids, running over it in a Jeep, and firing it against a wall with a mortar cannon - all data was recovered from the USB. youtube.com/watch?v=NyOFIโ€ฆ
The American Fat Salvage Committee was created to urge housewives to save all the excess fat rendered from cooking and donate it to the army to produce explosives during World War II. theatlantic.com/health/arโ€ฆ
Most vegetables retain more nutrients from microwaving than any other form of cooking, and therefore microwaving is the healthiest way to cook your veggies webmd.com/food-recipes/feโ€ฆ
Ellen Swallow Richards was the first woman in America to be accepted by a scientific school when she became a special student at MIT. Richards was very concerned about applying scientific principles to domestic topics so women would have time for pursuits other than cooking and cleaning sciencehistory.org/historโ€ฆ
Convicted child molester and suspected serial killer of children Nathaniel Bar-Jonah was found with recipes for cooking children "little boy pot pie," "french fried kid," and phrases such as "lunch is served on the patio with roasted child." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natโ€ฆ
There are lots of poisonous crabs whose poison will even survive cooking en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xanโ€ฆ
Today I learned about rosin potatoes, a technique used for cooking potatoes by dropping them in boiling pots of pine rosin. thecookscook.com/featuresโ€ฆ
Celebrity chef Alton Brown worked as a cinematographer and video director before he became a food star. He was director of photography for R.E.M.'s music video "The One I Love" and spent all of his time between takes on the set watching cooking shows, feeling that he could do a better job. biography.com/people/altoโ€ฆ
Over-cooking hard boiled eggs will typically result in a thin green iron(II) sulfide coating on the yolk. This reaction occurs more rapidly in older eggs as the whites are more alkaline. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boiโ€ฆ
Today I learned about mushroom ketchup, the British ancestor of modern tomato ketchup prepared by packing whole mushrooms into containers with salt, letting the liquid from the mushrooms fill the container, cooking it to boiling point in an oven, adding spices, and straining it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Musโ€ฆ
The "Mrs America" pageant ran from the 1930s to 1960s, choosing the best wife based on beauty, but also on their cooking, ironing, and personality en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mrsโ€ฆ
In Cambodia, cooking with a "lucky iron fish" has helped villagers prevent anaemia. bbc.co.uk/news/health-327โ€ฆ
Cooking steak medium-rare from many supermarkets (for example Costco) is actually unsafe, due to how they tenderize the meat. consumerreports.org/cro/mโ€ฆ
Today I learned of gutter oil - cooking oil which has been illegally recycled from waste oil collected from sources such as restaurant fryers, grease traps, slaughterhouse waste and sewage from sewer drains. It is estimated 10% of low end restaurants in China use it en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gutโ€ฆ
In a study of 501 women, aged 20 to 35, it was found that those who watched food TV and cooked frequently from scratch had a higher BMI (weighing on average 11lb more) than those who obtained information from sources like family and friends, magazines and newspapers, or cooking classes. uvm.edu/uvmnews/news/new-โ€ฆ
Today I learned of the "Perpetual Stew" - common in mediaeval inns, a pot containing whatever they caught or dug up, just cooking and cooking and getting replenished continuously. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perโ€ฆ
There is a "Roadkill Cooking Festival" in Marlinton, West Virginia bbc.com/news/world-us-canโ€ฆ
EINSTEIN once declared that his second greatest idea after the theory of relativity was to add an egg while cooking soup in order to produce a soft-boiled egg without having an extra pot to wash. oaks.nvg.org/sa5ra17.html
In the 19th Century, a turnspit dog was a short-legged, long-bodied dog bred to run on a wheel to turn meat for even cooking en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turโ€ฆ
Coke is made by heating coal without air, akin to making charcoal from wood. The earliest evidence of it is in 4th century China for heating and cooking. It has been used to roast materials for beer and whiskey in Great Britain dating back to the 1600s, and was fuel for early steam trains. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cokโ€ฆ
Ina Garten, known for her cooking show Barefoot Contessa, worked in the White House as a nuclear budget analyst. vox.com/2014/7/17/5898313โ€ฆ
A tomato is classified as a "cooking vegetable" (and not a botanical fruit) simply because the US government wanted to tax it in accordance with the Tariff Act of 1883 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nixโ€ฆ
Par-cooking sweet potatoes in water between 135 and 170ยฐF (57 and 77ยฐC) activates an enzyme that converts their starch into Maltese. Making them extra sweet seriouseats.com/recipes/2โ€ฆ
You're supposed to leave food in the microwave after it's done not because it'll be too hot, but because it actually helps with cooking theguardian.com/lifeandstโ€ฆ

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