Spiral staircases were installed in fire stations in the 1800s to stop the horses that pulled the engines going up the stairs when they smelled food cooking. redzone.co/2016/09/09/spi…
, Since 2007, all of McDonald's delivery trucks in the UK have been fueled by used cooking oil from their restaurants. edie.net/news/5/McDonald-…
Cooking lasagna (and other acidic foods) covered with aluminum foil is notorious for dissolving the aluminum in a chemical reaction called the "Lasagna Cell" amazingribs.com/more-tech…
Vitamin C is a temperature-sensitive vitamin and is easily degraded when cooking at elevated temperatures with long cooking times, such as boiling. Steaming and microwaving, however, result in greater retention of Vit C due to reduced contact with water. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
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/thi…
You're more likely to get Salmonella by rinsing your turkey and other poultry before cooking it. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
Today I learned about the italian futurist cooking, a movement that proposed to abolish pasta and serve food like pineapple and sardines instead. Also they promoved the use of uv lights to treat food en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fut…
Cooking makes Thanksgiving #1 day for house fires youtube.com/watch?v=kKh0d…
PAM cooking spray is an acronym for its creator: Product of Arthur Meyerhoff pam.conagrafoods.ca/our-s…
An air fryer is basically a mini convection oven. The powerful fan pushes super hot air in contact with the food, quickly heating/cooking it up, creating a crispy exterior and softer inside. That's why new fancy toaster ovens often have an 'air fryer' setting. youtube.com/watch?time_co…
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/…
Today I learned about Cecelia Chiang, the "Mother of Mandarin Chinese Cooking" in the US. A spy for the OSS during WWII, she came to America in 1960, and ended up guaranteeing a lease for friend for what became the Mandarin restaurant, they backed out and she became owner with zero restaurant experience. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cec…
Guinea pigs "were originally domesticated as... a source of meat" and are important in traditional cooking of Peru --where they're called cuy. (Cuy asado is broiled Guinea pig.) A cathedral in Peru has a painting that "shows Christ and the 12 disciples dining on guinea pig" at The Last Supper. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gui…
Today I learned about American woman China Arnold who was convicted of murdering her 28 day old daughter by cooking her in a microwave oven in 2006. Arnold appealed the decision several times before finally receiving life without parole in 2011 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
The cinematographer for the music video of REM’s β€œThe One I Love” was chef Alton Brown. Reportedly, between takes he would watch cooking shows and thought he could do better. biography.com/personality…
In 1984, Burger King ran an ad campaign with a character called β€œMister Rodney” touting its superior cooking over McDonald’s. The campaign was stopped after Mister Rogers himself called Burger King’s vice president, who had the commercial taken off the air. neighborhoodarchive.com/m…
Today I learned about the danish Long Egg a process of cooking two parts of egg separately and then reassembling them into a tube shape of hard boiled egg. shemazing.net/watch-this-…
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-c…
Sections of the shiny stainless steel exterior of the Frank Gehry designed Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles had to be de-polished because in bright sun they were cooking neighboring buildings and blinding drivers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wal…
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/…
All of McDonalds’ delivery trucks in the UK, have been running on used cooking oil from their restaurants since 2007. uk.reuters.com/article/uk…
Robert Rodriguez, while being an accomplished director, is also a chef, and includes cooking videos as extra in his movies' DVDs rereleasenews.com/2019/05…
That, when measuring things for cooking, the volume of a tablespoon is different in the US, the UK and Australia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tab…
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-…
Black Beans in Asian Cooking are not the same as the ones we buy in cans. They're actually fermented & salted Soybeans wikipedia.org/wiki/Douchi
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-rea…
Character actor Richard Deacon, best known for playing Dick Van Dyke’s boss on the Dick Van Dyke Show, was a gourmet chef. He wrote several cookbooks, and even hosted a cooking show in Canada. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ric…
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=AdlHH…
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/realit…
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/…
In Adnyamathanha mythology, the sun is believed to be a malevolent, man-eating goddess called Bila, and that sunlight is the result of the enormous cooking fire she uses to roast entire villages worth of people at once en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bil…
- 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-sci…
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/ar…
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/Pri…
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/Tur…
One cup measure for baking/cooking can vary by country making a big difference in the outcome of recipes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cup…
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
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/Tep…
Blood can be used as a substitute for eggs in cooking and baking. organicauthority.com/buzz…
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/mc…
FDR's White House housekeeper, Henrietta Nesbitt, was a legendarily awful cook. β€œOf course Henrietta did not personally do the cooking,” wrote a former WH maid, β€œbut she stood over the cooks, making sure that each dish was overcooked or undercooked or ruined one way or another.” newyorker.com/magazine/20…
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-…
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/Man…
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=72…
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/CHDvekuIjSZd…
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=6BP6L…
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 –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/lo…
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_…
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/Mar…

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