Food Trivia and interesting food facts. Reference to fun trivia about cooking, food and drinks.
Learn some interesting information, strange and unusual stuff you never knew about various foods!
- According to Big Secrets by William Poundstone, chemical analysis could only find salt and pepper out of the purported
eleven herbs and spices contained in the recipe for Kentucky Fried Chicken.
- The best way to crumble blue cheese is with a fork.
- Patrick McMurray of Canada is the world champion of oyster shucking. In 2010 he broke his own record, shucking 38 oysters
in one minute.
- Champagne should be chilled in the refrigerator for no more than 2 hours. More chilling has a negative effect on the flavor
- Put homemade bread in the refrigerator for 10-30 minutes before slicing; it'll make it easier to get clean, even slices
- A piece of spaghetti can be used as a doneness tester for cakes. That way you can avoid a large knife gash.
- Corn (maize) cannot propagate without human assistance.
- See how many foods mentioned in Shakespeare plays you can name.
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- James Beard states that there is no plural for the word julep; one does not say "two juleps", but rather, "julep for two".
- This interesting page lists 45
McDonald's items not available in the U.S. such as the McPollo Jr. (Chile) and the McPumpkin Omelet Sandwich (Hungary).
- Before the modern, orange colored variety became the common, mass-produced version, carrots were most commonly purple.
- The largest restaurant in the world (as certified by Guinness World Records) is the Bawabet Dimashq Restaurant (Damascus Gate Restaurant) in Syria, with seating for 6014 patrons.
- FDA regulations require that less than 10% of asparagus spears can be infested with beetle eggs.
- Saffron is made from the dried stamens of crocus flowers, and is the most expensive cooking spice.
- The Fourth Satire of the Roman Poet Juvenal is about a giant turbot, caught in the Adriatic Sea, and its use in flattering
the emperor Domitian.
- After a stint on K.P. duty on Christmas Eve 1942, wherein he and eleven others were up all night slicing 4000 pounds of turkey, James
Beard was so sick of the smell of turkey that he couldn't eat it for two years.
- Oddly, there was a ban on sliced bread that started January 18, 1943 during World War II in an effort to bring down the costs of bread (the idea being a loaf of bread that has been pre-sliced needs a heavier wrapper). This ban was not as successful on savings as thought and was short-lived, ending on March 8, 1943. Interestingly, news articles of the day say that bakers were always puzzled by the ban and couldn't see how it could possibly save manpower or cut costs.
- World War II ended in 1945, but food rationing in the U.K. continued until 1954.
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