Full disclosure: I'm not sure this video is actually real. I'm reasonably sure it's an ad for a Japanese cell network, but even if it's all done with clever edits, I couldn't pass up sharing a shrimp frying cannon. (via Dave Arnold)
People tend to spend a lot of time in the grocery store around the holidays, stocking up for big family meals and interminable in-law visits. But behind the simple façade of the supermarket hides an insanely complex network of interlocking systems and hidden secrets. Come with us as we investigate some of the most closely-guarded secrets of the grocery store.
For our live show in San Francisco, Megan Miller of Bitty Foods gave a presentation about the possibilities of cricket flour--cooking and baking with flour made with insects. Here's why that's not such a strange idea, and how the idea can have an impact on the way we think about food production for a growing global population. (We apologize for some of the rough audio in this taping of our live show. The audio mixer at the venue unfortunately distorted audio from some of the microphones.)
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If you need an all-purpose digital kitchen scale for baking, cooking by ratio, or even measuring beans to brew coffee, the Jennings CJ4000 ($26) combines some of the best features we’ve seen in a scale. It’s easy to use and store, comes with an AC adapter to save on batteries, and you can disable the auto-off function—so you can take your sweet time mixing or brewing. The Jennings costs only a few dollars more than a bare-bones model, but does something none of them can: it measures in half grams for even better precision.
We spent nearly 30 hours researching, interviewing experts, and testing digital kitchen scales over the last two years. Of the 45 models we’ve considered, the Jennings CJ4000 has proved the most versatile for a range of kitchen tasks and the best for most people.
Anyone who wants more consistent results from their baking, cooking, or coffee brewing should consider getting a kitchen scale. It’s far more accurate to weigh flour, diced vegetables, shredded cheese, or any number of ingredients than to cram them into a measuring cup or spoon. And since you can pour everything into one mixing bowl—subtracting cups and spoons from the equation—this type of cooking and baking cuts down significantly on dishes.
For precision coffee brewing, as with pour overs, a scale can help you get an accurate combination of beans and water every time. (If you’re into home espresso, see our other recommendations below for even more accurate pocket scales.)
This has been a morning of self-discovery for me. I was surprised to learn that I really enjoy watching robots make cake. In my dive down the rabbit hole that is ads for cake-making robots on YouTube, I also discovered that the music on factory equipment sales videos is outstanding. I put a handful of my favorites in a playlist for you.
Another mystery package arrives at the office, and we do our best to guess what's inside! Don't worry, it's not a puppy. But what we do find ends up disrupting our entire day at the office. Thanks, Donbert from the Tested forums!
YouTube channel PotLuckVideo went to the Sun Noodles factory to learn the process of how ramen noodles are made. And now you know.
This UNCTV Science segment gives a peek inside Counter Culture coffee to show a bit about the science of roasting coffee and does a great job detailing the processes that take place inside the coffee bean as its roasted, ground up, and then brewed.1
Will tests two different methods of baking pizza at home: using a traditional pizza stone and a new baking steel. We discuss the merits of each method and why a sheet of steel anyone can cut themselves makes a great platform for baking crispy thin-crust pizza.
Prior to the industrial food revolution of the last century, there were hundreds of chicken breeds. Now that a handful of companies produce the vast majority of chicken we eat, the diversity of poultry breeds has plummeted and many breeds are lost. Frank Reese is working to save rare breeds on his Kansas farm. (via The Plate)
Looks like pretty good week for condiment innovation. "High school seniors Tyler Richards and Jonathan Thompson have spent a lot of time thinking about ketchup. As students in the Project Lead the Way program at North Liberty High School, Richards and Thompson have researched and developed a bottle cap that prevents that first squirt of ketchup from being a watery mess." (h/t LaughingSquid)
Alton Brown demonstrates a smart (and cheap!) solution for storing in place those finicky condiment bottles in your refrigerator door. Not all of them have flat tops that let you easily rest them upside down. Of course, we'd want to 3D-print a long-term solution.
For this week's Show and Tell, Will reviews the Sansaire immersion circulator, a kitchen gadget used for sous video cooking. After testing the Sansaire for several months, here's why we think it's a great way to get started with sous vide.
As I drank my second cup of coffee of the day, I enjoyed this video from Reactions shows the many mechanisms by which caffeine enhances our brain activity (and lives). (via Laughing Squid.
If you cook a lot (and you should), you’re probably always looking for ways to make your kitchen more efficient. We can help. Here are ten outside-the-box tricks that will help you save time and money in your culinary pursuits from the comfort of home.