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What (and how) 30+ products and things are made of, which we are not used to thinking about

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With all the variety of goods and discounts, we try to buy what we need, whether it be food, cosmetics, or household appliances, as profitably as possible for ourselves. And we feel happy when we manage to save at the same time. But if you knew how the things you use are made, would you just as passionately want to own them?


Unsightly facts, after which we took a fresh look at everyday products and things


The main thing is that it looks attractive and the price suits it. Meanwhile, sometimes it is worth at least a little idea of what happens to the product before it is on the counter.


As it turns out, everything is not as rosy as it seems when you see a product beautifully packaged or served on the table. Because its origin is sometimes very unattractive, which, of course, the consumer can learn about. But we at Bemorepanda, thanks to Reddit users, found out something and are now sharing it with you. And then you decide for yourself what to do with this knowledge. And finally, you will find a bonus of ingredients in favor of orite products that can both surprise and scare you.


What (and how) 30+ products and things are made of, which we are not used to thinking about


1. About garlic. “It reminds me of a documentary series that my father used to watch. The garlic industry is a hell of a lot darker than most people might think. I don't remember everything, but apparently, many Chinese companies that sell garlic to restaurants overseas use prison labor.


These prisoners must peel the garlic entirely by hand, without any tools. Several prisoners were missing nails. If I remember correctly, one man said he had a friend who had to resort to dental help because he had no pins left.


They work unimaginably grueling shifts, during which they must meet their daily quota or face the consequences. They are paid very little if anything at all. They all seemed so unhappy. The show is Rotten, and you can find it on Netflix." — foxglove37 / Reddit.


2. Salted cucumbers. I'm a forklift mechanic, and one of our customers is Mrs. Klein's Pickles. They use concrete outdoor vats for marinating, with no coating on top.


One day, when I was in service, I decided to go up to a small platform where workers stirred the mixture.


When I looked into the first vat, I saw a dead cat, some dead rats, and more bugs than I could count. I almost threw up right there. So far, I have not eaten a single pickled cucumber and will never eat Mrs. Klein's products again." — sober gophers / Reddit


3. “Vodka. Most types of vodka of different price segments are made from the same raw material. I work at an industrial distillery where we produce millions of gallons of high-purity ethanol from corn. We have clients in the beverage industry who dilute our product to 80% or so, pass it through a filter and bottle it for sale. These firms sell their products at prices ranging from $8 to $50 per liter. And do you know what the main difference is? The more expensive a bottle of vodka, the more “beautiful” it is. — AndJuan247 / Reddit


4. “Fruit juices. Freshly squeezed juices don't seem to be all that fresh. A friend whose family owns a mango orchard told me that almost all juice producers buy old fruit leftovers from warehouses, which are then processed into a smooth mass. Further. — Curious_pari / Reddit


5. “Grain. My job is to fumigate the grains with the colorless, poisonous gas phosphine. Wheat, barley, and oats are susceptible to infection by the red flour beetle and weevil.


We are talking about kilograms of insects in a 600-ton bunker. I treat the grain with a particular gas so that the insects die. Unfortunately, there is no way to remove dead pests from the grain, so they end up in the mill, and then they go to bake our bread.” — jtown82 / Reddit.


6. “Coffee and cockroaches are connected…” – demonardvark / Reddit


“For those who don’t know, this happens to coffee because large piles of coffee beans in warehouses and sheds are infested with cockroaches. According to entomologist Douglas Emlen, it’s impossible to remove them completely. So they are ground together with the coffee beans.” — reddit.com


7. “Liquid hand soap. That's ¼ soap and ¾ water. The production uses a special pump and mixer to turn the mixture into a soapy solution. Plus, thoughtful packaging visually increases the volume of goods. You end up paying the same amount as you would for a whole bar of soap, but you are only buying a quarter of it.” — Crapulousmumblecrust / Reddit


What (and how) 30+ products and things are made of, which we are not used to thinking about


8. “Food from the grocery store. Even “fresh” products can end up stale on the shelves. I worked as an assembler in a grocery warehouse that serves seven states.


Everything in our warehouse was unsterile and dirty. But the floor was littered with rotting fallen lettuce leaves, which turned into a stinking slurry. The bed was concrete smeared with jacking oil, tire debris, and other dirt.


The worst thing is that. Many employees lifted these products and put them in boxes. The salary of employees in the picking warehouses depends on the number of packed containers.


Do you want to ask if someone cleans the floor in the warehouses? Wash, but very rarely. So always wash vegetables and fruits, even if the seller says they are washed and organic. — Muninwing / Reddit


9. “Fast food milkshakes. I used to work at a fast food place, and they used to put a mixture in the milkshake that had already curdled and sometimes had mold in it.” — Suyefuji / Reddit


10. Toilet water. Many perfumes are made from the musk glands of animals (musk deer, muskrat, musky duck). They are killed to get them, and it is unpleasant. In addition, some vanilla flavors use a liquid that is released from the base of the beaver's tail." — DudeGuyVR / Reddit


"These products are costly, and both castoreum (a specific odorous secret produced by beavers) and ambergris are used in high-end perfumes." — Waystone / Reddit.


11. Viscose. Clothing made from viscose (an artificial fiber obtained by processing natural cellulose) could be more environmentally friendly. It turned out that the production of viscose creates tons of waste, which is very, very harmful to the environment.” — greetindsfromsaturn / Reddit


12. “Fruit smoothies. People think they're getting their daily dose of fruit, but it's mostly ice, yogurt and high-sugar juice, and just a few pieces of hard fruit." — throwaway36295224 / Reddit


13. "Jelly is a meat product masquerading as dessert."


What (and how) 30+ products and things are made of, which we are not used to thinking about


This applies to anything containing gelatin (gummy bears, etc.) - knockoutroundtwo / Reddit.


14. Phones. People will still buy phones, but the world urgently needs modern gadgets made from materials that do not harm anyone. Why? And so that enslaved children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are not involved in hard work for cobalt extraction.


Miners can be as young as four years old, paid as little as ten cents an hour (US equivalent), and work 12-hour days, all to extract cobalt (60% of the world's reserves), which is needed to make batteries." — WapperDude/Reddit.


15. “Tropical fruits! After Spain ceded control of its territories in South America, the US invaded several districts in South America to secure access to the Panama Canal and farmland suitable for confiscation and sale to fruit companies. People were killed, dictators were supported, railroads were built, and mangoes were exported.


These banana wars were some of the most egregious acts of US imperialism since Manifest Destiny ("Manifest Destiny" is the term used to describe the widespread belief in the mid-19th century that the United States had a special mission to expand westward). Many of these countries have not yet recovered economically.” — reddit.com


16. “Turkey bacon. It's marketed as a healthier alternative to bacon, but it's a terrible extruded meat product. It's a greasy and unhealthy breakfast food that's worse than a hot dog." —down blanket/Reddit


17. “Fish sauce. The basis for many Thai dishes. The fish is fermented for six months with salt until it becomes a thick slurry. It is then filtered and then stored in containers for years.” — f0nluva / Reddit


18. “About sausage. Anyone who loves sausage should not know how it is made. Otherwise, you won't be able to eat it anymore." — deuxclydion/Reddit


19. “Mica products. I watched a documentary about mica mines in areas where there is usually child labor, and the interviewer asked one girl about her work. She told me how her sister died in the mine and that she works underground daily. Mica is found in almost all cosmetics. — hi_im_a_coffeeholic / Reddit


20. “Batteries for electric vehicles. , and cobalt is a vital component in electric vehicle batteries. However, companies like Tesla are trying to find a way to produce cobalt-free batteries, but no solution has yet been found.” – KingDexter34 / Reddit


What (and how) 30+ products and things are made of, which we are not used to thinking about


21. “Food in a restaurant. As a former waiter, I can say that most people would be shocked at the way their food is prepared and the lack of quality/effort that goes into it. I'm not talking about fine, expensive cuisine because I have never worked in these establishments. I mean inexpensive mass restaurants and cafes. Usually, in such places, cheap low, quality food is used. Watch the movie "Big Grub" in an ordinary, inexpensive chain restaurant. There's a lot of truth in it." — bcjc78 / Reddit


22. “Silk. The extraction of raw silk begins with the cultivation of silkworms on mulberry leaves. As soon as the worms begin to pupate in their cocoons, they are dissolved in boiling water…” — dreadedxalchemy / Reddit


23. “Fake art paintings. Some copyrighted (signed) works of art are fake. I used to work in an art printing house, where we made copies of images by some famous artists.


We were forced to learn all the artists' signatures, and we signed the paintings by hand. We even had special printers that could imitate signatures (by the way, to comply with the law, we also put a warning in small print on the paintings that these were not authentic autographs).


But customers only saw this text after buying. I am sure that most buyers would never have bought the engravings if they knew their signatures were not original. – Dr_Edge_ATX / Reddit


24. “Meat in stores. I worked in 2 different meat departments in 2 grocery stores. is about to go bad. This marinade hides how bad the meat looks and beats off the smell. — Mroder1 / Reddit


"Color of meat. The characteristic bright red color of the meat is the result of treatment with carbon monoxides and food colorings such as Red No. 40 and lycopene extract. ANY red meat is a SCAM." — reddit.com


25. “Inexpensive motorhomes. They are not very high quality and modern. Everything is securely fixed. All supposedly "trendy and new" electronics are outdated and inefficient. Manufacturers use the cheapest materials, and all motorhomes are built in 8 hours. House for rest and travel on wheels. For 8 hours?! Are you seriously?!" — Leftydude777 / Reddit


“When you get into a relatively new and relatively expensive van and touch something, it all feels pretty damn cheap. How do you like the furniture? Cheap chipboard with plastic cladding. The sofa cushions seem stuffed with 20-year-old soft toys. The bathroom door seems to be about to break if you touch it. The list goes on and on. I don’t understand how everything can be so expensive and at the same time seem so cheap.” — sharp/Reddit


26. “Parmesan cheese. An essential ingredient in its production is abomasum (part of the stomach of a young calf, lamb, or kid, in which the enzyme renin is produced). — MasterMirror92 / Reddit


"There's a 'ParmesanGate' video online about the fake parmesan market - it turns out only cows in Italy have the right bacteria, which then gets into their milk, which is used to make real parmesan cheese." — reddit.com


27. "Gelatin." — fundyfisher/Reddit


“Imagine a giant vat filled with thousands of pigskins (or cattle skins) being boiled. The protein is separated from the skin, cleaned, and deodorized. It turns out gelatin. The rest is thrown away. By the way, all this is cooked with bones and tendons. Including sometimes fish is added to the vat. ” — fundyfisher/Reddit


28. “Energy drinks. I worked in a bottling plant. Beverage tanks are never properly cleaned until a build-up affects the taste. Although cleaning the tank is not necessary. The fact is that energy drinks are so acidic and chemical that bacteria and mold do not form in drinks.” — 1skepticalguy/Reddit


29. “Crab chips. First, boil the crabs. This creates a lot of foam on top of the boiling water. It is separated, pressed into shavings, and dried. This is what chips are made from. After I found out about this, I stopped eating them.” — bulwix/Reddit


30. “Wine. . But not only grapes get into the mixer, but also branches, leaves, insects and even mice, etc.” — control / Reddit


31. “Syrup for cocktails. Boil equal parts sugar and water. Let cool. The syrup is ready. — literally step back / Reddit


32. “Citric acid. Most citric acid is produced from fungi of the genus Penicillium. Now I don’t want to eat all the products where there is this acid. ” — LilaInTheMaya / Reddit


33. “Palm oil. After I learned the history of palm plantations to produce palm oil, I made it my mission to cut it out of my life completely.” Junduk / Reddit


“Palm oil is the leading cause of massive deforestation around the world. The most significant production volume falls in South America and Southeast Asia (Indonesia). There are moratoriums on new palm oil plantations, but companies get around this issue by paying criminals to set forest fires so that companies can buy land where the forest used to be for a penny.

Deforestation destroys the habitat of animals such as orangutans and tigers. And all the fires in the forest are also the burning of peat. Peat is, in fact, forest debris, which contains a vast amount of CO2. By burning it, we quickly release all this CO2 into the atmosphere.


Worst of all, the plantations are only good for one or two cycles, then the land is essentially abandoned, and new plantations are created. I believe palm oil production is the most significant environmental disaster in history.” - delayed registration / Reddit.





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The most expensive spice in the world is also one of the most useful and versatile in taste. It is self-sufficient, its rich tart and slightly burning intense taste is highly valued, and saffron also gives dishes a beautiful warm yellow color. What kind of spice is saffron - find out in our interesting facts.

 

Facts about Saffron

 

This spice is dried stigmas of flowers.

 

Saffron is made from a special kind of crocus. To get 1 kg of spice, you need to collect about 100,000 flowers, which are processed by hand and then dried over the fire or in braziers, where even one mistake will lead to loss of the crop. Such a laborious process makes it the most expensive spice in the world.

 

 

The highest quality and most delicious saffron is considered to be from Spain and then India. Crocus fields here are located in south-central Spain and in Kashmir. Less fragrant but inexpensive, is considered a spice from Iran, Pakistan, Italy and France.

 

Saffron is included in the recipes of all major growing regions - they cook paella, biryani, soups, stew meat, and poultry, and prepare curry with it.

 

Despite the mild aroma, it has a very intense taste. For one dish, you can take only 3-4 stigmas. The taste contains deep spicy overtones, and the aroma is vaguely reminiscent of laurel and flowers.

 

Saffron is an excellent natural preservative. Food prepared with it can be stored for a long time without refrigeration.

 

Saffron price

Saffron is a costly spice and is usually bought in grams. The price for one kg fluctuates, but usually, it is not less than a few hundred dollars.

 

The average price per gram starts from 6 dollars and depends on its quality and country of production.

 

With regards to the price per kilogram - you can find a spice at a price of around 205 dollars.

 

Where to add saffron

In ground form, it can be added during the cooking process, especially for stewing and boiling recipes.

 

Saffron stigmas need to be soaked before use. 3-6 stigmas should be poured with 20-30 ml of hot water or boiling water and let it brew for at least 5 minutes. Add orange concentrated liquid to the dish you are preparing.

 

The spice also has medicinal properties. In folk medicine, saffron has been used for many centuries, it is included in hundreds of recipes for treatments. The most distinguished are its disinfecting properties, a beneficial effect on the skin and the normalization of metabolic processes in the body.

 

Saffron can be found in dietary supplements - for example, iHerb sells vegetable capsules with the saffron extract.

 

According to the information from the manufacturer, the vegetarian dietary supplement increases energy and mental activity, supports the nervous system (which is important for perpetually twitchy office workers), improves mood and eliminates stress.

 

However, we remind you that dietary supplements are not a universal and individual thing, and it is better to consult a doctor before taking them.

 

What can replace saffron

There is a much cheaper analogue of saffron - turmeric. It is quite budgetary, is available in any grocery store and gives the dishes a pleasant tart flavor and beautiful color.

 

With regards to taste, it is better to combine turmeric with other spices for a richer taste of the dish. Alternatively, take a curry seasoning that contains turmeric and a mixture of other spices.

 

If you are looking for a substitute for saffron in paella or pastries, take turmeric - you will not lose.

 

The history of Saffron

This is the most aristocratic seasoning, which is often worth its weight in gold. However, saffron also has a hidden history. It has been used for centuries as a coloring agent, a luxurious self-tanner, and even as a serotonin stimulant. And this is true - all of the above refers to those very fragile reddish threads that are removed from the center of the purple crocus flower. 

 

The origin of saffron is a mystery. Contradictory statements name various regions of a wide semi-desert belt as the original place of growth of this plant, ranging from Greece in the eastern Mediterranean to Central Asia. Today, the vast majority of saffron is still grown in this belt, with Iran being the largest producer in the world.

 

However, in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the center of the "saffron universe" temporarily shifted from the sun-drenched Mediterranean to rainy, foggy England. One particular region of England has become world famous for its saffron. In fact, every autumn its entire territory was covered with a carpet of purple petals. This fame was so great that the local trading town of Cheping Walden was eventually renamed Saffron Walden.

 

However, by the beginning of the nineteenth century, the saffron fields in Britain were completely destroyed. Two hundred years later, the restless British geophysicist David Smale decided to try again to cultivate English saffron. Theatlantic.com correspondents met with him right in the field, located in one of the protected corners of Essex, to learn how saffron is grown, how it is harvested by hand and dried, as well as about the "battle" that Smale is leading to to revive the lost art of successfully growing saffron in the damp soils of England.

 

Smale also said that "crockers," as the locals called the saffron pickers, have to take breaks during packing to keep from laughing. "This plant has a special aroma," said Smale. scientific data, and an absolutely amazing story.

 

Saffron - How is it stored?

Saffron should be kept away from light and extreme temperatures, tightly closed, preferably in a glass container.

 

Saffron - How is it used?

As much as possible, add it towards the end of the preparation period to avoid destroying the flavor.

 

The smell of saffron brings fresh earth, accompanied by a pleasant and refreshing breeze. The stamens are wide at the base and sharp at the tip when dry.

 

Saffron - the intensity of the pigment

The International Organization for Standardization imposes parameters that measure the intensity of the filament pigment: the more intense, the more valuable. The value scale is worthy of consideration especially when counterfeiting methods are so vast.

 

Saffron consists of the three pistils of the crocus. They are delicate, similar to filaments, each 2.5 - 4 cm long. They have an intense reddish-orange color, which is uniform for good quality saffron. Saffron with white stripes or discolored spots is of inferior quality, and when white threads appear in the saffron powder, this is a sign of counterfeiting. The aroma is strong, similar to that of honey and the taste is strong, honey, slightly bitter.

 

The benefits of saffron

Saffron is the most expensive spice in the world, a kilogram costing around 4,000 euros. About 150,000 flowers are needed to collect a kilogram of dried saffron. Luxury spice contains iron, volatile oils, proteins, sodium, potassium, vitamins B1 and B2, phytohormones. Here are some of the benefits of saffron:

 

1. Destroys cancer cells

According to The Telegraph, several substances found naturally in saffron have anti-cancer properties - inhibiting the growth of cancer cells.

 

2. Inhibits fat deposits and lowers cholesterol

Curcumin can also stop the spread of fat cells in the body.

 

3. Helps the heart and neurons

Added to food, saffron has a tonic effect on the heart.

 

4. Prevents blindness in old age

Several studies have shown that saffron improves vision and prevents macular degeneration, the most common cause of blindness, especially in the elderly.

 

 

5. Treat depression

Saffron tea has long been used to treat depression.

 

6. Improves blood circulation and regenerates the skin

In Chinese medicine, saffron is used to improve blood circulation.

 

7. Helps digestion

Saffron infusion facilitates digestion and is a good natural remedy for those suffering from bloating or constipation.

 

8. Healing in erectile dysfunction

The Greeks and Arabs used saffron as an aphrodisiac because it has hormone-like properties.

 

9. Anti-drunk medicine

10-15 g of saffron pistils, soaked for 3-4 hours in alcohol (50 ml) and administered on an empty stomach before a party prevent the onset of drunkenness and can induce repulsion to alcohol abuse.

 

Contraindications

 

Do not consume more than two grams of saffron a day. Saffron can also cause abortion, so pregnant women should avoid it.

 

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Who among us would refuse practical advice that is sometimes so necessary? Probably only the one who knows everything in the world and does not need hints, but there are probably only a few such people. Therefore, we want to share with you culinary life hacks that will surely come in handy if you decide to conjure in the kitchen.

 

Recommendations for rolling stuffed pita bread that you can fry and get yummy

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If you have a man-shaped cookie cutter, then you also have a deer cookie cutter. Amazing, isn't it? Take a look at the photos below to understand how it works.

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Use an apple slicer to cook chips

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You can make grilled cheese in a waffle iron

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Two frozen pizzas and one baking sheet? Not a problem!

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Store grapes in the freezer to use as ice cubes in your wine. And when you're done drinking, you can eat wine grapes.

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Just look at this!

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When you've finished with a can of mustard, don't throw it away, but make a delicious salad dressing with just 4 ingredients: leftover mustard, apple bite, butter and jam (or berry mixture)

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Cooking method:


  1. In a mustard jar, add 15 ml of jam (preferably from sour berries).
  2. Fill the jar 25% with apple cider vinegar.
  3. And 75% vegetable oil.
  4. Close the jar with a lid and shake vigorously for 30 seconds.
  5. Enjoy the delicious dressing that can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks!

 

If you really feel like making a homemade hot dog but don't have buns, baked potatoes can be a great alternative.

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Empty ketchup bottles make great batter dispensers

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Grind some white rice in the grinder to remove odors.

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If you want your French toast to have a delicious golden crust, add a little brown sugar to the egg before dipping the bread in this mixture.

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In the event that you like grilled fish, but you do not want to suffer, cleaning the grill, just make a lemon "pillow" by placing the fish on it

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The case when the lid is too small for the pan

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Use a spoon to secure the strainer

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If you prefer to cook rice in bags, then this life hack will tell you how to let the water drain.

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Use parchment paper to keep the meat from sliding out when you beat it

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Cooking meatballs? Lubricate your hands liberally with oil. The meat will not stick to your hands, and you will get a smooth, uniform meatball texture

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If you need to cook perfectly shaped scrambled eggs, then use onion rings

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Nowadays, people are well aware of what and how to eat, what food is healthy, which is a rare delicacy. Restaurateurs go off their feet to surprise their sophisticated and demanding customers with new combinations of tastes. But it was not always so. Our ancestors made fundamental discoveries when they found a new way of cooking or found out which fruits are edible and can kill.

 

Unique and strange products that we eat

 

We at Bemorepanda have selected unique and strange products that are now well known to everyone. But how did people learn about their properties for the first time? How could one guess what to do with coffee beans, that honey is edible, and poisonous fish can be eaten? Internet users tried to answer these and other questions, and we share their answers with you. How do you think our ancestors learned about edible products? Share your opinion in the comments.

 

1. Oysters

Someone looked at the mucous contents of an accidentally broken shell, and suddenly a bright thought came to his mind: “Let me taste this rubbish! ... Look, it's not bad! — youdontknowme6 / Reddit

 

2. Coffee

What genius managed to pull off an experiment with coffee beans? After all, they first need to be fried. And then to realize that they can be ground ... Still tasteless. What if you add some water and boil it? Well, that's already something! This is how our ancestors came up with coffee in the morning! — OriginallyFromNYC / Reddit

 

3. Dogfish

Only a tiny part of this fish of the pufferfish family is edible, and the rest of the features are deadly poisonous! So how did the first gourmets of humanity know which piece of fish was edible? They probably cried and injected themselves, but ... they continued the experiments! — Michael_Stone_UDA / Reddit

 

4. Lobster

Most likely, the fisherman who caught such a lobster decided and took a chance: “Well, he looks terrible with these claws of his. Let me try and see how it tastes...” — quoted / Reddit.

 

5. Gympie Gympie

The Gympie Gympie tree, or stinging tree, grows in Australia. It is also known as the suicide plant because its burn is so painful that local sources have reported that people and animals have even committed suicide to avoid the pain. This pain can last for weeks, months, or even years.

 

Stinging tiny hairs cover the entire plant, but someone (perhaps a smart native) discovered that if each hair was carefully removed from a mulberry-sized fruit, it was quite edible! Imagine how much people worked to ensure that the fruit could be eaten! — __hey__its__me__ / Reddit

 

6. Chili pepper

Imagine that you find this bright pepper pod, bite it with an appetite ... and feel that a volcano has flared up in your mouth! But this does not stop you, and you decide he is perfect! You start adding it to your dishes like a spice. -Edgar- / Reddit

 

7. Bread

All the sky stars must converge so that someone would be the first to suddenly think of combining the ingredients and baking bread! He took flour and yeast from somewhere, got salt - and here you are not a cake, but a loaf! spheroid / Reddit

 

8. Honey

When you meet a swarm of aggressive wild bees in the forest, which are so easy to anger, it will forever discourage you from climbing into their hollow. But someone took a chance and climbed in, giving humanity sweet fragrant amber honey! Thank him very much! — coconut-greek-yogurt / Reddit

 

9. Mushrooms

People have always picked mushrooms. But how can you tell what is edible from what is not? No way - only guided by bitter experience. Take some pretty mushrooms, eat them raw, or even cook them, and you'll die. But if you boil them 3-5 times, everything will be in order! — anon/Reddit

 

10. Snails

The French must have been omnivores or very hungry since it occurred to them to collect slugs and cook hearty dishes from them! Not only that, but they also declared them a delicacy! — anon/Reddit

 

11. Cassava

An exotic root crop from the South American continent is like our potato. It is common in hot countries, just like our potatoes. There is the same side dish, and they make flour from it.

 

But cassava is poisonous unless it is peeled and thoroughly cooked. If eaten raw or improperly cooked, one of its chemical components will be attacked by human digestive enzymes and release the deadly poison cyanide. Just two cassava roots can contain a lethal dose. But one ancient Indian from Peru or Bolivia still figured out how to cook cassava properly! — Nuovo/Reddit

 

12. Castoreum

Castoreum, or beaver stream, is a sweet-tasting exudate released from the glands of the beaver, with which the animal marks territory. It has a powerful creosote odor and is used as an odor fixative in perfumery. And it is also used by some culinary specialists (though secretly).

 

For example, Blue moon contains the secret ingredient that gives Blue Moon its vanilla and berry flavors - gourmets suspect the product is spiced with castoreum. Who came up with the idea to add this “beautiful smell” to food? — BCProgramming / Reddit

 

13. Yogurt and cheese

At first, people drank fresh milk directly from under the cow. But they wanted to save some for later, and that's how sour cream, butter, cheese, and yogurt were born. Or maybe everything is more straightforward - the products turned sour, and I had to strain my brains and prepare fermented milk products. — NCCAM/Reddit

 

14. Blue cheese

The first one who declared it a cool delicacy, most likely, got hungry and went to the pantry for cheese. There he saw that the cheese was covered with mold, absolutely all! “So what? I’ll eat it anyway,” the gourmet decided and ate it. And so as not to point fingers at him, he declared moldy cheese the most expensive and best. — chayne108 / Reddit

 

15. Hakarl

This Viking dish is, in fact, rotten and then dried shark meat. Shark meat is unsuitable for food, but the ancient Icelanders were not at a loss and came up with a way to cook it - do not throw away the caught fish!

 

The Greenland shark is gutted and decapitated, then placed in a shallow hole, covered with sand and gravel, and pressed down with rocks to drain the liquid. So the shark is fermented for as long as 6-12 weeks, after which the carcass is cut into strips and hung to dry for several months. The crust on the meat is removed and then cut into small pieces and served. — msvivica / Reddit

 

16. Pokeberry

The plant, which lives in the southern United States, has edible leaves. Well, how edible? Eating them raw will make you sick or even die, as the whole plant contains a neurotoxin that causes respiratory paralysis. The toxin will still kill you if you boil or fry the leaves.

 

How can this be edible? The Indians found the recipe! If you boil three times, drain the water three times, and only then fry the leaves, then perhaps you will eat and stay alive! — Kulladar / Reddit.

 

17. Maple Syrup

It was invented where a lot of maples grow - in Canada. A curious mind suggested: "Let's poke a hole in this tree, collect the juice, boil it for three days and see what happens!" — lovelyb1ch66 / Reddit.

 

18. Rice

It's just a cereal that grew itself and did not touch anyone. But a wise guy looked at a bunch of thick grass and thought: “Let me take these spikelets and dry them, break them, then polish them and cook them. Let's see what happens!" And the result was a lumpy and tasteless mess that has been feeding countries such as China and Indonesia for millennia. — snortypuff / Reddit

 

19. Artichoke

Walking along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, the first connoisseur of artichokes was very interested in the weed - prickly purple thistle: “What a wonderful plant! I’ll take it and start growing it, so it later becomes a gourmet delicacy!” — Sidmesh / Reddit.

 

20. Durian

A prickly and smelly fruit that is difficult to open. But, oddly enough, it has a very delicate vanilla taste. Someone hungry ate it for the first time, holding his nose with his fingers! — yirao / Reddit

 

21. Nopal

The cactus, known to us as prickly pear, whose fruit has been a staple food in Mexico for thousands of years. They still eat it now, cutting off the thorns - it tastes like green beans, and the texture is tender, crispy, and juicy. The first gourmets did not see that the cactus pads were covered with sharp thorns. "It's nothing! I bet this cactus tastes amazing!” — ThePeasantKingM / Reddit.

 

22. Truffles

It is now truffles served in Michelin-starred restaurants for big money, and the first person who appreciated them most likely herded pigs in an oak grove. “What is it that my piglet is rummaging under a tree and eating with appetite? It must taste damn good if pigs eat it!” — anon/Reddit.

 

23. Cranberry

Having tried cranberries directly from the bush, you can wrinkle - the berries are tart, sour and bitter. But someone did not look at it and began to use cranberries in pastries and salads - and it went! Yummy, what else to look for? — ctophermh89 / Reddit

 

24. Onion

How can one recognize the current favorite and leader in cooking in this nodule with a terrible smell and tears when cut? No way! But it occurred to someone to dig, remove the husk, chop, and put the onion in the stew. — dogsolitude_uk / Reddit

 

25. Chocolate

A true genius has created this sweet masterpiece from bitter cocoa beans! But how did he know? — Skitzcordova / Reddit

 

26. Lutefisk

Fish in lye is another strange Scandinavian masterpiece. First, you go to the fish store. Then you leave it hanging on a stick for a few months to dry. Then put in water for a couple of days. Then you put it in lye water for a couple more days. And at the end, you put it back in clean water, cook, and eat. Why so much work to spoil the fish? — anon/Reddit

 

27. Noodles

Five points to the one who first thought of rolling out the dough thinly, then cutting it into long strips. It turns out delicious! buzzbuzzwakeup / Reddit

 

28. Sea urchin

The first person to taste a sea urchin most likely dived into the depths of the sea and suddenly saw ugly prickly lumps at the bottom. "Remove anyway!" thought the diver, piercing all his hands. — Miryam / Reddit

 

29. Palm's heart

“Something this year is a crop failure of coconuts! Let's eat the whole coconut tree! No, only the core is better, and we will throw everything else away! — Cracked_Emerald / Reddit

 

30. Acorns

You can't eat them straight from the tree. But how hungry you must be to figure out how to grind acorns into powder or leach tannins three times! And then they can make flour or "coffee." — mobiusteph/Reddit

 

31. Aki fruit

Even though most of this fruit is poisonous, it is still eaten. In Jamaica, aka is considered the national fruit and delicacy. They do not cook poisonous seeds but fresh hard peel. How was anyone able to figure this out in the first place? Xero-theory / Reddit

 

32. Caviar

It is hard to believe, but there used to be so many sturgeon, beluga, and stellate sturgeon that caviar was the food of poor fishermen. Once upon a time, they walked knee-deep on it ... - jack28415 / Reddit

 

33. Guinness, cola, or any black drink

How did these drinks become popular? They were created by accident, and the sales went: “Look, this is not so bad for our business!” — Zeruvi/Reddit.

 

34. Olives

They are so tasteless on the tree that someone decided to pickle them: maybe at least they can be eaten like that? Or crush and get oil? This ancient Greek was a genius. — _thatsmeinthecorner_ / Reddit

 

35. Pufferfish

How did people know that only a certain part of the pufferfish is not poisonous if cut properly? — SuccessfulFailure9 / Reddit

 

 

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Nowadays, people have become more conscious about cooking. Now in the first place is not the nutritional value, but the taste and aroma of the dish. Of course, this added more hassle! But progress does not stand still, and people come up with more and more ideas on how to simplify the cooking process.

 

Working life hacks in the kitchen that will improve the taste of dishes

 

In the kitchen, we sometimes encounter things that cause us certain difficulties. For example, you need breadcrumbs, but as luck would have it, they ran out. Or you want the chicken to be crispy, but it turns out soft. What to do? In such cases, the food hacks subreddit comes to the rescue, where culinary tricks that users share are collected. Thanks to these tricks, you will not only cope with the problem that has arisen, but also learn how to cook in such a way that everyone will just gasp after tasting your treat.

 

1. When baking cookies, try using vanilla pudding mix instead of half the added sugar

It will keep the cookies soft for a few days longer and help the cookies look like a biscuit.

 

2. When making macaroni and cheese, add some mustard

The taste will be barely noticeable, but at the same time it will add a delicious aroma and a new flavor to the dish. You can use French mustard or mustard powder.

 

3. The secret to deliciously cooked frozen food is in the deep fryer.

Fry, for example, frozen potatoes until crispy, and you will be satisfied with the result.

 

4. To get as much juice from a lemon as possible, you need to heat it in the microwave for literally 20 seconds.

Then you can squeeze it much easier and get lemon juice.

 

5. Instead of sautéing mushrooms in vegetable oil or butter, try sautéing them in a dry frying pan.

Thus, the moisture from the mushrooms comes out faster, and they become brown.

 

6. Give stale bread a second wind

Rinse it under water, and then bake it at 150 ° C in the oven for 10 minutes. The oven will steam the bread, this will give it softness.

 

7. If you decide to cook something from puff pastry, then freeze the auxiliary ingredients: grated butter, flour and even a mixer bowl

This will give you the best results.

 

8. To save time when preparing dishes for which you need to boil the sauce, prepare the sauce in advance in large quantities, pour into portions and freeze it

 

9. Instead of regular sugar, use cane sugar - it has a richer and nuttier flavor that will make your baked goods better.

 

10. When making an omelet, quiche, or even frittata, add a dash of mayonnaise to beaten eggs to make them lighter and fluffier.

 

11. Original popcorn recipe: Take instant noodle spices, mix them with melted butter and add to popcorn

The taste will be better than in the cinema!

 

12. Make an interesting vegetable topping

Brown the butter in a pan, add breadcrumbs and nutmeg to it. And then add the resulting mixture to fried broccoli, sweet potatoes or Brussels sprouts.

 

13. Try adding some mayonnaise to the biscuit dough, it will make the taste softer

Mayonnaise is mostly eggs and butter, so don't be surprised by this suggestion.

 

14. When making fried cheese toast, brush the bread with salad dressing

Most people make this with mayonnaise, but the dressing works best - just drizzle it over the toast.

 

15. If you decide to cook a dish that should end up with a crispy crust in a slow cooker, then cover the lid with a paper towel

This will rid the food of excess moisture and eliminate condensation.

 

16. Use instant puree if you feel your soup or sauce is too thin.

Thanks to this trick, you can save the dish, even if you realize the mistake too late.

 

17. When breading meat products, use mayonnaise instead of eggs

 

18. You can fry eggs in a deep fryer without water!

Set the temperature to 130 ° C, put the eggs in a bowl and boil them. Boil 10 minutes for soft-boiled eggs, 15 minutes for hard-boiled eggs.

 

19. Foods like spaghetti, potatoes, or quinoa taste better when boiled in broth.

 

20. If you want to make a crispy crust for an open pie, then I advise you to use crushed shortbread cookies mixed with butter

 

21. For the softest, creamiest mashed potatoes, use egg instead of cream and butter

In warm mashed potatoes, the egg will cook and be safe to eat.

 

22. Instead of adding salt to your pasta, add a cube of chicken broth to it.

This way you make the taste more interesting with just one ingredient.

 

23. Want to make the best Caesar salad ever?

Then use fish sauce instead of anchovy sauce as it has a more subdued flavor but still provides the right level of salt.

 

24. Adding extra egg yolk makes pastries more fluffy and has the effect of preserving softness for several days.

 

25. To make homemade whipped cream, you only need a glass jar and the heaviest cream

Pour a small amount of cream into a jar, close the lid and shake-shake-shake! Seconds 20.

 

26. When in doubt about the correct spices for meat, then use seasoning for tacos

It is the perfect accompaniment to chicken, pork and any other type of meat!

 

27. Add some vanilla extract and cinnamon to pancake or waffle batter

This will give the taste a sweeter and richer hue.

 

28. When baking something like carrot cake or zucchini bread, replace half of the added butter with unsweetened applesauce.

It keeps the bread very moist and does not change its taste.

 

29. To add flavor to savory dishes like fried rice, mushrooms, or salmon, add oil mixed with soy sauce.

 

30. Add a little orange juice to the dough for baking - sourness will add brightness, make the taste more spicy

Suitable, for example, for pumpkin bread, banana bread or cranberry muffins.

 

31. For better frying potatoes, before cooking, dip them in ice water and dry them with a paper towel.

 

32. Do you cry while cutting onions? Solution found! Lubricate the cutting board with lemon or lime juice to help neutralize the fumes that come from slicing

 

33. To keep macaroni and cheese soft and creamy even after it has cooled, add cream cheese to the regular one!

 

34. You will be surprised to know that you only need one ingredient to make delicious homemade ice cream.

Freeze the bananas, and then grind them in a blender so that there are no lumps left. If possible, add cinnamon, chocolate chips.

 

35. When frying bacon, add some water - water reduces splattering of fat and makes the bacon crispy

 

36. If spices are important to you when cooking, then fry them in a pan before use - this way they will become more fragrant

 

37. Green onions (or other greens) will look more interesting on the table if cut with scissors with a decorative edge.

 

38. You can easily make sorbet from canned fruit.

Take a jar of fruit in light syrup, such as peaches or pineapples. Freeze it overnight, in the morning transfer the entire contents of the jar to a blender and beat. — Maxxters

 

39. Turn cake mix into homemade cake

To do this, you need to replace a few simple ingredients. Use real butter instead of margarine, milk instead of water, and add one extra egg. — jenipherocious

 

40. Add garlic to leftover bacon fat, let it steep, and then use it in cooking

It's especially delicious with hasselback potatoes. — MooseGoneApe

 

41. Use disposable chopsticks to keep your bag of chips closed when you run out of storage clips.

 

42. Make Crispy Fried Chicken with Baking Powder

To do this, rub the chicken skin with a mixture of baking soda, salt, black pepper and cayenne pepper and leave in the refrigerator overnight before frying. — gkaukola

 

43. Cook the Perfect Poached Eggs in Plastic Wrap

Break each individual egg into a plastic bag, tie up the bags and boil the eggs in boiling water right in the plastic bags. — Jesse Szewczyk

 

44. Use a cookie/ice cream scoop to portion and freeze tomato paste

You will have perfect portions when you need it. — AnUnrulyLlama

 

45. If you are filling cupcakes, donuts or other baked goods, use a medical syringe without a needle.

It's more precise, neater and easier than using pastry bags." — Thea_From_Juilliard

 

46. ​​Place an ice cube on the leftover food you're reheating in the microwave to add moisture while reheating.

The ice won't melt, but it will steam your food. This is especially useful for rice. — NeverSeenAMoose

 

47. Grill the cheese in a waffle iron. The holes make it perfect for dipping into tomato soup— gooberdawg

 

48. If you run out of breadcrumbs, just toast and grate a slice of bread— gooberdawg

 

49. Use an apple corer to make fried potatoes

It will not only turn out beautiful, but also become very crispy. — craftyholic

 

50. Make quesadillas in the toaster by folding cheese into tortillas and placing them in the toaster - octoberalways

 

 

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