The Splendiferous Array of Culinary Tools

If your geeking out extends from the workbench to the kitchen counter, you’ll love this swanky infographic detailing the families of utensils in your kitchen drawers and cupboards.

The poster showcases everything from scissors to strainers in a retro-style poster. If you can find a culinary tool in your kitchen that isn’t on the chart then you’re obviously a culinary wizard of the highest order. You can hit up the link below to check out the poster in full-size and downloadable glory or head over to the design company that created it here (and pre-order a printed copy for your kitchen).

A Complete Guide to Your Kitchen Tools [Fast Co. Design via Design Sponge]

originally posted on How To Geek.

Grill Tip: Flip Your Burgers More Often

While I highly recommend doing experiments in your own grill, I think the science being this research is reliable and interesting.

The skinny: Flip often and you’ll get a better burger in less time. Who can argue with that?

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Clockwise from top left: Autopsy of a well-cooked burger, evenness of cooking vs. # of flips, proper flipping technique.

A friend—who for some odd reason trusts my musical advice, or at least pretends to—asked me a question about the great Who number “Pinball Wizard” the other day, and as always happens when I think about that song, the best line got stuck in my head for a good three days. There’s something about the image of a kid who’s “got crazy flipping fingers” that’s just funny to me.

All this has nothing to do with burgers, other than the “crazy flipping” part. I posed a simple question on my Facebook page the other day: When cooking a burger, how many times do you flip it?

As you can imagine, the responses fell overwhelmingly into the “single flip” camp. It seems that so-called “nervous flipper”—you know, the backyard griller who, like a chimp at the Bronx Zoo, can’t seem to leave his meat alone—have a bad rap in the food world. Some commenters even went so far as to resort to ALL CAPS: “How can you even ask this question? ONE FLIP!”

Yikes!

Well, I’ve always been of the mind that if an answer exists—and clearly, there is an answer to this—then the question is worth asking. Fortunately, this question is one that’s fairly straightforward to test.

Those on the “one flip” side (22 out of every 23 people, according to my Facebook data), claim “more even cooking,” and “better flavor development,” as the selling points of the method. Curiously, the few people on the “multiple flips” side (which, incidentally, has some heavy-hitting supporters including Harold McGee himself) claim the exact same benefits from multiple flips, adding in “shortened cooking time” to the mix.

So who’s right? Continue reading

Game Over

An awesome stop-motion montage of classic videogame deaths. It’s made of snack foods and other small items, which means that the graphics are about 1,000 times more delicious and fun than the originals.

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