Fun Facts about Food and Culinary Arts

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 09-19-2012, 11:32 AM         #1
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Fun Facts about Food and Culinary Arts
 

 

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A typical American eats 28 pigs in his/her lifetime. image

Americans eat 20.7 pounds of candy per person annually. The Dutch eat three times as much. image

Americans spend approximately $25 billion each year on beer. image

Americans spent an estimated $267 billion dining out in 1993.

An etiquette writer of the 1840's advised, "Ladies may wipe their lips on the tablecloth, but not blow their noses on it."

Aunt Jemima pancake flour, invented in 1889, was the first ready-mix food to be sold commercially.

Caffeine: there are 100 to 150 milligrams of caffeine in an eight-ounce cup of brewed coffee, 10 milligrams in a six-ounce cup of cocoa, 5 to 10 milligrams in one ounce of bittersweet chocolate, and 5 milligrams in one ounce of milk chocolate.

California's Frank Epperson invented the Popsicle in 1905 when he was 11-years-old.

Capsaicin, which makes hot peppers "hot" to the human mouth, is best neutralized by casein, the main protein found in milk.


Cast iron skillets used to be the leading source of iron in the American diet!

China's Beijing Duck Restaurant can seat 9,000 people at one time.

Chocolate contains phenyl ethylamine (PEA), a natural substance that is reputed to stimulate the same reaction in the body as falling in love.


World wide, consumers spend more than $7 billion a year on chocolate. Annual per capita consumption of chocolate is 12 pounds per person.

Each American eats an average of 51 pounds of chocolate per year.

Fortune cookies were invented in 1916 by George Jung, a Los Angeles noodle maker.

Fried chicken is the most popular meal ordered in sit-down restaurants in the US. The next in popularity are: roast beef, spaghetti, turkey, baked ham, and fried shrimp. :hillwhoa:


Goulash, a beef soup, originated in Hungary in the 9th century AD.


Haggis, the national dish of Scotland: take the heart, liver, lungs, and small intestine of a calf or sheep, boil them in the stomach of the animal, season with salt, pepper and onions, add suet and oatmeal. Enjoy! image


Hostess Twinkies were invented in 1931 by James Dewar, manager of Continental Bakeries' Chicago factory. He envisioned the product as a way of using the company's thousands of shortcake pans which were otherwise employed only during the strawberry season. Originally called Little Shortcake Fingers, they were renamed Twinkie Fingers, and finally "Twinkies."


In 1860, 'Godey's Lady's Book' advised US women to cook tomatoes for at least 3 hours.


In 1926, when a Los Angeles restaurant owner with the all-American name of Bob Cobb was looking for a way to use up leftovers, he threw together some avocado, celery, tomato, chives, watercress, hard-boiled eggs, chicken, bacon, and Roquefort cheese, and named it after himself: Cobb salad.


In 1995, KFC sold 11 pieces of chicken for every man, woman and child in the US.


In an authentic Chinese meal, the last course is soup because it allows the roast duck entree to "swim" toward digestion.

In the United States, a pound of potato chips costs two hundred times more than a pound of potatoes. image

Irish cream and Hazelnut are the most popular whole bean coffee flavorings.

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 09-19-2012, 11:46 AM         #2
3rdcoasta  OP
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Large doses of coffee can be lethal. Ten grams, or 100 cups over 4 hours, can k!ll the average human.

Laws forbidding the sale of sodas on Sunday prompted William Garwood to invent the ice cream sundae in Evanston, IL, in 1875.


Mayonnaise is said to be the invention of the French chef of the Duke de Richelieu in 1756. While the Duke was defeating the British at Port Mahon, his chef was creating a victory feast that included a sauce made of cream and eggs. When the chef realized that there was no cream in the kitchen, he improvised, substituting olive oil for the cream. A new culinary masterpiece was born, and the chef named it "Mayonnaise" in honor of the Duke's victory.


McDonald's "Big Mac" slogan, introduced in 1975, is: "Two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions, and a sesame seed bun."


McDonalds and Burger King sugar-coat their fries so they will turn golden-brown.



Nabisco's "Oreo's" are the world's best-selling brand of cookie at a rate of 6 billion sold each year. The first Oreo was sold in 1912.


Per capita, the Irish eat more chocolate than Americans, Swedes, Danes, French, and Italians.


Persians first began using colored eggs to celebrate spring in 3,000 B.C. 13th century Macedonians were the first Christians on record to use colored eggs in Easter celebrations. Crusaders returning from the Middle East spread the custom of coloring eggs, and Europeans began to use them to celebrate Easter and other warm weather holidays.


Potato chips are American's favorite snack food. They are devoured at a rate of 1.2 billion pounds a year.


Potato chips were invented in Saratoga Springs in 1853 by chef George Crum. They were a mocking response to a patron who complained that his French fries were too thick.



Refried beans aren't really what they seem. Although their name seems like a reasonable translation of Spanish frijoles refritos, the fact is that these beans aren't fried twice. In Spanish, refritos literally means "well-fried," not "re-fried."


Research show that only 43% of homemade dinners served in the US include vegetables.


Rice is the staple food of more than one-half of the world's population.


Saffron, made from the dried stamens of cultivated crocus flowers, is the most expensive cooking spice.


Since Hindus don't eat beef, the McDonald's in New Delhi makes its burgers with mutton. :wtf:


Sliced bread was introduced under the Wonder Bread label in 1930.


Tequila is made from the root of the blue agave cactus.


Swiss Steak, Chop Suey, Russian Dressing, and a Hamburger all originated in the US.


The Agen plum which would become the basis of the US prune industry was first planted in California in 1856.


The average child will eat 1,500 PB sandwiches by high school graduation.


The California grape and wine industries were started by Count Agoston Haraszthy de Moksa, who planted Tokay, Zinfandel, and Shiras varieties from his native Hungary in Buena Vista in 1857.


The color of a chile is no indication of its spiciness, but size usually is - the smaller the pepper, the hotter it is.



The daughter of confectioner Leo Hirschfield is commemorated in the name of the sweet he invented: Although his daughter's real name was Clara, she went by the nickname Tootsie, and in her honor, her doting father named his chewy chocolate logs Tootsie Rolls.


The difference between apple juice and apple cider is that the juice is pasteurized and the cider is not.

The dye used to stamp the grade on meat is edible. It's made from grape skins.
 09-19-2012, 11:58 AM         #3
3rdcoasta  OP
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The English word "soup" comes from the Middle Ages word "sop," which means a slice of bread over which roast drippings were poured. The first archaeological evidence of soup being consumed dates back to 6000 B.C., with the main ingredient being Hippopotamus bones!


The first ring donuts were produced in 1847 by a 15 year old baker's apprentice, Hanson Gregory, who knocked the soggy center out of a fried doughnut.


The FDA allows an average of 30 or more insect fragments and one or more rodent hairs per 100 grams of peanut butter.



The fungus called truffles can cost $800 to $1,500 per pound. They are sniffed out by female pigs, which detect a compound that is in the saliva of male pigs as well. The same chemical is found in the sweat of human males.


The hamburger was invented in 1900 by Louis Lassen. He ground beef, broiled it, and served it between two pieces of toast.


The hottest pepper in the world is the Habanero.



The ice cream soda was invented in 1874 by Robert Green. He was serving a mixture of syrup, sweet cream and carbonated water at a celebration in Philadelphia. He ran out of cream and substituted ice cream.


The largest item on any menu in the world is probably the roast camel, sometimes served at Bedouin wedding feasts. The camel is stuffed with a sheep's carcass, which is stuffed with chickens, which are stuffed with fish, which are stuffed with eggs.


The Pillsbury Bake-off has been held every year since 1948.


The pound cake got its name from the pound of butter it contained.


The sandwich is named for the Fourth Earl of Sandwich (1718-92), for whom sandwiches were made so that he could stay at the gambling table without interruptions for meals.

The white part of an egg is the albumen.


The vintage date on a bottle of wine indicates the year the grapes were picked, not the year of bottling.


The white potato originated in the Andes mountains and was probably brought to Britain by Sir Francis Drake about 1586.


The world's first chocolate candy was produced in 1828 by Dutch chocolate-maker Conrad J. Van Houten. He pressed the fat from roasted cacao beans to produce cocoa butter, to which he added cocoa powder and sugar.


The world's costliest coffee, at $130 a pound , is called Kopi Luwak. It is in the droppings of a type of marsupial that eats only the very best coffee beans. Plantation workers track them and scoop their precious poop.


The world's deadliest mushroom is the Amanita phalloides, the death cap. The five different poisons contained by the mushroom cause diarrhea and vomiting within 6 to 12 hours of ingestion. This is followed by damage to the liver, kidneys, and central nervous system - and, in the majority of cases, coma and death.

To determine the percentage of alcohol in a bottle of liquor divide the proof by two.

Van Camp's Pork and Beans were a staple food for Union soldiers in the Civil War.

Vanilla is the extract of fermented and dried pods of several species of orchids.

When honey is swallowed, it enters the blood stream within a period of 20 minutes.


When Swiss cheese ferments, a bacterial action generates gas. As the gas is liberated, it bubbles through the cheese leaving holes. Cheese-makers call them "eyes."
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Fortune cookies were invented in 1916 by George Jung


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Habaneros aren't the hottest pepper.
 09-19-2012, 06:42 PM         #6
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A roast camel stuffed with sheep carcass, chickens, & fish
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 whiskey787 said:
Fortune cookies were invented in 1916 by George Jung


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lol exactly who I thought of when I saw that name.
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rat hairs in peanut butter.

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The average child will eat 1,500 PB sandwiches by high school graduation.

Sounds about right to me
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 Ldogg310 said:
hottest pepper in the world is the Naga Bhut Jolokia aka Ghost pepper chili
Dat naga bhut
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In the United States, a pound of potato chips costs two hundred times more than a pound of potatoes.


A Family Size of Lays is just two ounces short of a pound and costs $5 , if this is true then a pound of potatoes should cost less than 3 cents.




The hottest pepper in the world is the Habanero.

It's not even in the Top 5



I wonder how much more of these "facts" are false.
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 Ldogg310 said:
hottest pepper in the world is the Naga Bhut Jolokia aka Ghost pepper chili
The Hottest pepper in the world is now the Trinidad Scorpion pepper! Had some wings the other day. Got the BBQ sauce in my fridge now! Step yo game up!
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 psylence2k said:


A Family Size of Lays is just two ounces short of a pound and costs $5 , if this is true then a pound of potatoes should cost less than 3 cents.







It's not even in the Top 5



I wonder how much more of these "facts" are false.
Yeah true dat, I bet a bunch of them are wrong
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 sayyam said:
If the average kid starts eating PB sandwiches at 3 then grads at 18. 100 PB a yr?

Someone needs to get slapped

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 savagechico said:
A roast camel stuffed with sheep carcass, chickens, & fish


 Counterfeit215 said:
The average child will eat 1,500 PB sandwiches by high school graduation.

Sounds about right to me
It does.. When you don't have baloney, turkey or ham you whip out the pb and j....

 Ldogg310 said:
hottest pepper in the world is the Naga Bhut Jolokia aka Ghost pepper chili
Oh my..... That sounds scary as fu*k... Does it burn your soul slow like ether?
Does it k!ll you?

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 psylence2k said:


A Family Size of Lays is just two ounces short of a pound and costs $5 , if this is true then a pound of potatoes should cost less than 3 cents.







It's not even in the Top 5



I wonder how much more of these "facts" are false.
Nah, it just means Lays is buying a pound of potatoes for 3 cents. Remember how an iphone costs like $20 to make and they sell it for $300? Same concept
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 WifeRaperMagnus said:
Nah, it just means Lays is buying a pound of potatoes for 3 cents. Remember how an iphone costs like $20 to make and they sell it for $300? Same concept


Yeah but you can't compare the whole sale price a distributor pays for a sack of potatoes to the retail price a customer pays for a bag of lay's. two different standards therefore the comparison is invalid.

That would be like me saying a Blu-Ray movie costs more than a Iphone.

and I still doubt that the whole sale price of a pound of potatoes is as low as 3 cents.


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 psylence2k said:
Yeah but you can't compare the whole sale price a distributor pays for a sack of potatoes to the retail price a customer pays for a bag of lay's. two different standards therefore the comparison is invalid.

That would be like me saying a Blu-Ray movie costs more than a Iphone.

and I still doubt that the whole sale price of a pound of potatoes is as low as 3 cents.

no it wouldnt be like you saying that... hes just saying its the same concept as in the cost to the distributor is a lot less than the cost to the end user which is true for basically any product for consumers. hes comparing the concept not comparing the unit cost of each to each other.
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 knowledge1015 said:
no it wouldnt be like you saying that... hes just saying its the same concept as in the cost to the distributor is a lot less than the cost to the end user which is true for basically any product for consumers. hes comparing the concept not comparing the unit cost of each to each other.
Yea it would, I'm sure everyone is aware that the distributor cost is less than the retail price, but that wasn't the original point. It was whether or not the "fact" had any validity from ANY angle ( distributor wise or retail wise)

first off, neither one of us knows whether the "fact" was referring to whole sale distributor cost or retail cost.

but either way pointing out the 3 cent distributor cost in my analogy is still invalid because if 3 cents is the distribution cost (which I still doubt is that low) that means for the "fun fact" to be true, the cost for the distributor to make a bag of lays is $5 (200x cost ) which I doubt if the retail price is $4.99.

That's why it was inaccurate , the price comparison I gave at a 200 x rate. ( $5 to .003 cents) was based on a retail scale in the first place. So for him to mention theoretically that the 3 cents referred to distribution cost was invalid from the get go since my original statement was working on a retail scale since it was based off of the $4.99 retail price of a bag of lay's.

That's why I made the Blu-Ray ( retail) to Iphone ( manufacturing cost) analogy because inferring that the "fun fact" was correct off a 3 cent distribution cost would imply that he's committing the fallacy of comparing retail to distribution cost as indicated by my analogy.
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