Charring A Whisky Barrel Transforms It Into A Portal To Hell

Scotland might be the spiritual home of whisky, but Japan is perfecting its own unique take on the liquor. At Nikka's Yoichi distillery in Hokkaido, watching a barrel get charred—for flavor!—looks a hell of lot like the living flames of satan's demons are being unleashed from within those wooden staves. » 9/30/14 7:05pm Today 7:05pm

10 delicious ways countries around the world cook their steaks

With my steaks, I prefer the unbeatable seasoning one-two punch of salt and pepper. And well, maybe some garlic if I'm feeling frisky. I just like the taste of red meat too much. But around the world? You'll get steaks seasoned and marinated with orange peel, lime zest, soy sauce, shrimp paste, sugar and much more. » 9/29/14 8:31pm Yesterday 8:31pm

Thailand Built an Electronic Tongue to Police Thai Food Worldwide

The government of Thailand does not approve of your town's crappy Thai restaurant. In fact, it's so upset about the global scourge of tasteless Tom Yum soup and dank drunken noodles that's spending $1 million to combat it. A large portion of that money has gone into the development of an electronic tongue. » 9/29/14 11:19am Yesterday 11:19am

These burgers taste of human flesh

These burgers are not made of human flesh—but they taste like human flesh. That's what chef James Tomlinson and food inventor Miss Cakehead say. They developed the recipe using the description from cannibals like William Seabrook—a journalist who cooked human meat provided by a hospital intern at the Sorbonne. » 9/27/14 12:21am Saturday 12:21am

Burger King's all-black burger looks absolutely disgusting in real life

To no one's surprise, Burger King's all black burger looks like a disgusting turd in real life. Actually, it might be even worse than some turds. It looks like it tastes like ash. It looks like it's made from burnt cardboard. It looks like it'll bring death to anyone who dare eats it. » 9/19/14 8:07pm 9/19/14 8:07pm

The Design of Spoons and Knives Can Change the Way We Taste Food

Chances are, you've spent more time thinking about the specs on your smartphone than about the gadgets that you use to put food in your mouth. But the shape and material properties of forks, spoons, and knives turn out to matter—a lot. Changes in the design of cutlery have not only affected how and what we eat, but… » 9/19/14 9:20am 9/19/14 9:20am

A Chemistry Set Spice Rack Puts Science in the Spotlight At Supper Time

Even something as simple as making toast involves a whole lot of complex science that most of us don't even think about. But when dinner preparation involves a chemistry set full of spices, you'll be hard pressed to not wonder about all the chemical reactions going down in your dinner. » 9/17/14 5:00pm 9/17/14 5:00pm

Scientists Are Reinventing Photosynthesis to Grow More Food

What if we could grow rice and wheat with the same amount of water and fertilizer but end up with 50 percent more food? Sound like magic? Bad accounting? No, just some chemistry and genetic engineering. Scientists have recently figured out the second of three steps to make photosynthesis a whole lot more efficient in… » 9/17/14 3:17pm 9/17/14 3:17pm

Make Meals from Scratch Using This Turntable Grater

There are some that believe that even cracking a smile in the kitchen is an insult to the culinary arts. For the rest of us, the internet's a treasure trove of fun, but often useless, gadgets for the kitchen. This DJ Grater manages to be both whimsical and useful, letting you grate cheese like you were spinning on the… » 9/16/14 1:27pm 9/16/14 1:27pm

Roll a +18 Frosting With This Twenty-Sided Die Cake Pan

What's a rousing game of Dungeons & Dragons without a healthy supply of snacks at the ready? But since no one wants to venture into a dungeon full of mythical beasts with daintily decorated pastries, what you need are edible d20 dice made with this silicone mold from ThinkGeek. It lets you use your favorite instant… » 9/12/14 9:21am 9/12/14 9:21am

Watching a master chef make noodles by hand is absolutely mesmerizing

I'm not sure if this is considered just cooking or if it can be classified as high art or even a musical performance but whatever it is, it's an absolute joy to watch. What you're seeing is soba master Tatsuru Rai, owner and chef of Sobatei Rakuichi in Niseko, Hokkaido, making his soba noodles in complete silence. » 9/09/14 1:27am 9/09/14 1:27am

An Egg Spinning Contraption That Pre-Scrambles Them In the Shell

It turns out the term 'pudding' has different meanings all over the world. In North America it's usually a creamy dessert treat, in the UK it's a soggy bread mess, and in Japan it's a pre-scrambled boiled egg that's drizzled with caramel sauce. And now the Japanese version is a lot easier to make with this whimsical… » 9/02/14 2:00pm 9/02/14 2:00pm

Switzerland Puts Secret Bacteria in Cheese to Catch Knockoffs

In parts of Europe, where cheese is taken seriously as a source of national pride, entire labs are devoted to spotting knockoff Emmental and Gruyere. Switzerland has what may be the most impressive strategy yet: secret cocktails of bacteria, sent only to licensed cheesemakers, that work as living biological tracers. » 8/28/14 3:46pm 8/28/14 3:46pm

Scented Duct Tape For Half-Assed Repairs That At Least Smell Good

At one time duct tape only came in a single color: silver. It made the material seem like some kind of NASA-engineered, space-age, super tool, but eventually mankind demanded more. Colors and patterns were introduced, but that still wasn't enough to satiate humanity's desire for choice. So Duck Brand is now… » 8/27/14 5:43pm 8/27/14 5:43pm