26 Uncomfortable Questions About Food, Answered

Take these with you, the next time you go out to eat.
26 Uncomfortable Questions About Food, Answered

If there are two things we've learned from culinary reality shows, it's to NEVER attempt making ice cream on Chopped and that cooking in general is surprisingly complicated. In the past, our readers have dispelled plenty of myths about the science behind food, and given us ingenious shortcuts we wouldn't have thought of without them (like how to tell if your eggs have gone bad before cracking them). And so, we asked our readers to help us feel less ignorant. Thanks to them, we learned about the differences between a decoction and an infusion, and what vegetable broccoli rabe is related to (Spoiler: it's not broccoli!). The next time we're perusing a menu and trying to figure out what in the heck to order, or how to pronounce the name of a dish like Coq au Vin, we'll be armed with this knowledge. 

Here's the information they blew our minds with:

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26 Uncomfortable Questions About Food, Answered
Grass-fed beef comes from COWS who live in pastures. Grain-fed beef comes from COWS who live in feed lots. In general, grass-fed beef contains less fa
What's the difference between an infusion and a decoction? An infusion is made by soaking (steeping) herbs or other plants in hot water. Tea is an inf
Cafe Aw Lait is, simply put, the fancy French term for coffee with milk. Although it's pronounced the same way, it has nothing to do with -I Ithought
You were just served a plate of grilled shrimp. How do you eat one? 1. Twist off the head, then suck out what's inside it. 2. Use your fingers to peel
Let's understand sugars! Brown Sugar White Sugar Raw Sugar RAW SUGAR is processed sugarcane that contains natural nutrients and molasses. WHITE SUGAR
CRACKED COM If you ask for a fork in a Chinese restaurant, will you be judged by the servers? Generally, no. According to Chinese restaurateur Janet Y
What is a grit, anyways? noun grit Grits are made grit of grit of sand) (as GRAVEL abrasives) from coarsely Definition SAND, aranule many sharp (as 1
Sweetbread is not anything like the name suggests. It's actually made with meat from the thymus or pancreas, usually from veal, lamb, COW, or pig. CRA
CRACKED Broccoli Rabe is pronounced Broccoli Rob but has no relation to the vegetable! In fact, it's more closely related to the turnip
ry-aging meat is done by hanging it in the open air at a temperature just above freezing for several weeks. DonecC Wet-aging is done by placing the me
Braising is a cooking technique whereby meat is seared, and then some liquid is added, after which it is slowly cooked at low heat.
You're on your first date, in a French restaurant. The chicken in wine, with mushrooms and strips of bacon, sounds delicious. How do you impress your
What the hell is pumpkin spice? The trendy flavor that has expanded beyond lattes to every food imaginable rarely includes anything even resembling a
Ribeye and prime rib might come from the same part of a COW and have similar names, but they aren't the same. CHUCK RIB ROUND SHORT LOIN BOTTOM SIRLOI
CRACKEDOON Bisque is a strained soup made with crustaceans. The shells are used as the base, and the meat is combined into the dish.
Why is caviar so expensive? The best caviar comes from quite a rare fish and it can take years for those fish to produce the eggs.
What is white rice enriched with and what the hell for? White rice is just brown rice with the cereal germ and bran layer removed. Turns out, the br
The small cup size in Starbucks is called tall because of how their menu changed over time. venti grande tall There were originally short, tall, and g
The difference between Wagyu and Kobe beef is all about the location. Wagyu is a Japanese breed that can be raised worldwide while Kobe cattle must be
What's the point of swirling your wine? It exposes the wine to the air, which releases more of the wine's aromas, and that changes its taste. If your
What is whole grain and why is it healthy? Germ Endosperm Bran All grains (like rice, wheat, and corn) have three parts: the bran, the germ, and the e
Still don't know the difference between jellies, jams, and preserves? Jellies are made only with the fruit's juice, and the solids are discarded, jams
APPETIZERS, DECODED Hors d'oeuvres VS. Amuse-Bouche Do not complement Served as an introduction the main to the chef's cooking style. course. Canapes
What's the difference between an omelet and a frittata? Omelet Frittata If you're making a frittata, you mix the eggs, cream, and any fillings before
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