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Health Science Video

Why You Should NEVER Pour Cooking Grease Down The Drain [WATCH]

We’ve all had that that momentary lapse in judgment when it comes to cooking grease. Sure it’s easy to dump your extra fat and oil down the drain after frying up a bountiful platter of bacon strips. However, there’s DEFINITELY a reason you’re supposed to properly dispose of your grease rather than simply flush it down your kitchen sink.

Tech Insider created this informative short showing you the repercussions of such an act. It goes much deeper than clogged pipes, which was our immediate thought.

You see, not only can bacon grease clog your pipes, but it also ends up in the sewers where it combines with other fats dumped from other kitchen sinks. These are called “Fat Bergs” and have the potential to completely clog a sewer, leading to sewage seeping through your sink.

Fat Bergs are incredibly time-consuming to remove, and could take weeks depending on the size. They also pretty much freeze human waste and sewage in place.

All these disgusting complications can be avoided by simply pouring your excess grease into a container to solidify and throwing it in the garbage, or taking it to a waste disposal site. Check out the video to see an in-depth look at the repercussions of pouring grease and fat down the sink.

If you need other ways to properly dispose of cooking oil and grease, we got you.

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Fast Food Video

How To Make In-N-Out & Five Guys At Home [WATCH]

The topic of whether Five Guys Burgers is better than In-N-Out has been a point of extreme contention here at the Foodbeast office for weeks now. A recent study by EquiTrend declared that Five Guys was the superior burger chain… triggering many fans of the California-based In-N-Out chain.

Hellthy JunkFood decided to hold a friendly competition, hosted by our buddy Daym Drops, to see who could make the better burger between the two chains.

Check out the video to see how to make both In-N-Out’s Double Double Cheeseburger and Five Guys’ Bacon Cheeseburger straight from the comfort of your own kitchen.

Since it’s a collaboration, peep Daym’s video to see which of the two chefs’ burgers won the coveted prize of bragging rights.

Spoiler alert: It was In-N-Out.

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Culture

Chef Cooks For 53 Hours Straight, Shattering A World Record

It takes a lot of endurance to become a chef. You must be able to stand and cook for hours in hot kitchens until all your dishes are prepped, cooked, plated, and every last customer is served.

In a triumphant account of human achievement, India’s Vishnu Manohar just broke the world record for consecutive hours of cooking, reports GrubStreet. For 53 hours straight, this dude whipped up dishes at a marathon live cooking segment. That means he was on his feet cooking for more than two whole days.

The previous record for cooking nonstop was believed to be 40 hours by a Rhode Island chef back in 2014.

Even after he hit the 53 hour mark, chef Manohar continued to cook for a few more hours just to make up for the 5 minute breaks that the Guinness book of World Records allowed contestants.

Sources say he showed no signs of fatigue, serving plate after plate to entry audience members.

What a champ.

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Features

24 Grilling Tips To Crush Your Next Barbecue

If you love barbecue as much as I do, grilling season is all-year round.

On a recent trip to Bush’s Baked Beans BBQ Boot Camp, I got to learn some essentials to grilling from a seasoned pro. You may know Steven Raichlen from the PBS series Project Smoke or his bestselling book The Barbecue Bible. Raichlen served as the official grill master for Bush’s BBQ Boot Camp and imparted decades of grilling wisdom on a small team of amateurs.

Myself, included.

The day-long crash course on everything BBQ was designed to give even the most novice of barbecuers a strong foundation for handling the grill.

I spent some time and transcribed my sloppy writing from the course into a few tips for anyone interested in making their barbecue experience even easier.

Check them out!


Seasoning

Salt and Pepper are essential when it comes to seasoning meats. Sometimes that’s all you need.

If you want to add more layers, a rub of salt (salty), coarse black pepper (heat), paprika (earthy), and brown sugar (sweet) covers most taste sensations you’d want on your meat.

With the seasoning base mentioned above, you can customize it with additional spices depending on the type of cuisine you’re interested in cooking.

When salting meat, make sure to do it from an elevated angle (see SaltBae) to ensure that the salt is evenly distributed. This avoids getting irregularly salty patches in your cook.

Meats

When using a meat thermometer, make sure to insert it through the side of your cut and not from above to get a more accurate reading.

Use tongs or spatulas when turning your meat. Piercing cuts with a fork will drain the meat of its flavor and juices.

When making burgers, use ground beef that’s at least 15-18 percent fat. This prevents your patties from being too dry. Twenty-five percent, however, is too fatty.

Do not press your burger patty with the spatula when grilling. All this does is squeezes out the tasty juices inside your burger.

Grilling

Direct grilling is when high heat is used to cook small or thin cuts of meats and vegetables.

Indirect grilling is when foods are cooked near or around the heat source while not sitting directly above it. This method is ideal for large or fattier cuts of meats or fish that will take a while to cook.

Charcoal burns hotter and drier and provides the best sear potential, but you won’t get too much flavor when cooking with it.

Propane grants you the option of controlling your temperature with the push of a button, but also provides little flavor.

Wood provides tons of flavor with a plethora of varieties. Different types of woods are paired with different types of meats. Wood, however, is a little more difficult to control in terms of temperature.

When cooking large cuts of meats, fight the temptation of opening your grill or smoker. Every time you peek, you lower the temperature and add to your cooking time. Just believe in yourself and trust your meat will come out beautifully.

Allowing your meat some time to rest after you cook it is a must. This creates a tastier and juicer product than if you were immediately primed to slice it open.

If your asparagus has the tendency to fall between the slits of your grill, take a skewer and carefully pierce four to five stalks of asparagus. These “boats” will keep from falling into the fire.

Basic Tips

Be as organized as possible. Have everything you need by the grill before you start.

Make sure you have enough fuel before you begin. You can’t stop halfway to go pick up some fuel.

Stay as clean as possible. Throw out waste and wipe your station down as you cook. Clean your grilling grates after every use.

After you clean your grates, make sure to keep it lubricated. Just take a paper towel soaked in oil or some kind of rendered animal fat and carefully oil the grate.

This is a no-brainer, but we can’t stress this enough. WASH YOUR HANDS after handling raw meat.

Try to avoid wrapping your food inside aluminum foil when grilling or smoking. Raichlen compares it to making love with protection on.

Instead of having to waste two plates for raw and cooked meats, just throw a layer of plastic wrap over one plate for the before and after. So picture it as plate, plastic layer, raw meat. Once all the raw meat has been cooked, remove the plastic and place it flush on the plate.

Never use the same cutting boards for raw meat and cooked meat. If you only have one cutting board, pour boiling water over it to kill any bacteria.

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Humor Video

This Is The Worst Cooking Show On The Internet & We Love Every Second Of It

The Internet has an abundance of cooking videos. Some are great and some are pretty bad. Only a few of those videos walk the fine line between both. Enter Ashwin’s Hip Foods.

A recent Reddit post claimed this to be the worst YouTube cooking show on the platform, reports BroBible. Ashwin, the titular host of the series, shows viewers how to create simple dishes in roughly a minute… with every recipe ending in a disaster.

Upon watching the series, however, we were delighted to see how hilariously bad it was. Take this gem of a line, for example:

My fruitcakes are so trill, that they nicknamed me “Fruitcake” in high school.

There’s seriously no way he’s doing this unintentionally.

Check out the rest of Ashwin’s hip cooking series, as well as his nature series if you find yourselves enjoying the YouTube celebrity.

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Design Hacks

13 Common Cooking Mistakes You Should Avoid In The Kitchen [Infographic]

Amateur cooks, myself included, tend to make mistakes here and there when it comes to cooking. Sure, mistakes happen, but they can drastically affect your final dish.

So how can we make the most of our kitchen experience?

Quid Corner cooked up a useful guide that shows us what the top 13 most common cooking mistakes made in the kitchen are and why we should avoid them. While a few of these are common sense for those with a modicum of experience in the kitchen, it’s always good for the less experienced to brush up on the basics.

Check out the infographic and see if it makes a difference the next time you’re in the kitchen!

Courtesy of: Quid Corner
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Culture Video

Here’s Why We Pair Pepper With Salt In Our Food

We use salt and pepper every day to season our foods. As you spice up that bland piece of chicken on your fifth diet of the year, have you ever wondered how the black and white pairing came to be?

Popular YouTube Channel It’s Okay To Be Smart took a look at the history behind the two iconic seasonings.

Salt, as we all know, is an essential chemical compound to human diets. We need to consume a daily 6 grams to maintain blood pressure and other functions in our bodies. Early hunters and gatherers met this requirement with their animal diets. Raw blood and all.

As humans incorporated more plant-based foods into their diets, people began to discover different ways to harvest salt. Salt was commonly used to preserve food as well as accentuate other flavors like bitters, sweets, and umami.

So why do we use pepper, as opposed to hundreds of other spices that salt could be paired with?

Black pepper is from a flowering vine that originates from Southeast Asia called Piper nigrum.

Peppercorns became a very common ingredient in Indian cuisine for at least two millennia. Eventually, pepper was introduced to other countries, becoming a main commodity in the spice trade.

History believes that the popularity of black pepper came from King Louis XIV. The picky monarch demanded that his meals were to be “lightly seasoned,” only throwing salt and pepper on his food. The French cuisine that was developed in that period of time became the basis of much of what we eat today in the Western world.

So there you have it.

Imagine if King Louis preferred cinnamon instead? Food history could have drastically changed with the most minute of details.

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Hit-Or-Miss

11 Adorable Food Gadgets That Your Valentine Will Love

There’s officially less than a week before Valentine’s Day, which means you probably still need to buy a gift, make reservations, and maybe even find a Valentine. So, in order to help you through this process, this gift guide should assist in finding something truly unique that will stand out more than some cheap candy — and will probably taste better too.

This year, instead of relying solely on the florist or a gourmet chocolatier — find something that will capture the essence of love, while also serving a physical purpose. For those of us caught up in the Valentine’s Day gift struggle to swoon your favorite foodie, these easy to find, food-centric gift ideas won’t break the bank, and will show Bae how much you care.

Covered X & O Silicone Ice Cube Tray 

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Looking for a cute and classy way to tell your lover, you want to XOXO them all over? Using this awesome ice tray from Bed Bath and Beyond, might be the easiest way. As they say, love is in the air on Valentine’s Day — and now it will be in your drink! $12.99, online only. 

Heart-Shaped Measuring Cups

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Although these heart-shaped measuring cups won’t hold flowers, they’ll definitely hold flour. These romantic, yet functional kitchen utensils are the perfect gift for the adorable baker or chef in your life. This is also the next best way to tell your sweetheart that you’re in love with their cooking.

Food-Themed Enamel Pins 

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Do you love pizza more than your Valentine, but can’t admit it? That’s okay because these adorable enamel pins by The Sleepy Mountain will be the best way show them what’s most important. $10

Peas in a Pod Salt and Pepper Shaker 

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The genius minds who create the adorable things at Smoko Inc. usually have the perfect gift for any occasion. While some Valentine’s Day gifts might seem a bit cheesy, Smoko’s Peas in a Pod Salt & Pepper Shaker will always remind your Valentine of the special bond you share — and will help make every meal just a bit more delicious. $19.99

Adorable Emoji Portable Chargers

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Is your darling always complaining about their phone dying? WattzUp Power is the portable problem solver. Right now, they have super cute designs, like the Smitten Kitten emoji that are purrfect for Valentine’s Day.  But, wait — how is this related to food? Think about it, now you’ll never have to worry about your battery dying if you have to call for some delivery.  $39.99

An Awesome Nacho Cookbook

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We all know that nachos are awesome. What’s even better is a whole cookbook on nacho recipes can that easily be recreated for any occasion  — you know, not just one time on a certain night in February — hint, hint. But, that should at least give you some ideas. ¡Buenos Nachos! by Gina Hamadey, $25

Can You Feel My Love Buzz?

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Let’s face it, there’s nothing wrong with having a few drinks on Valentine’s Day, but what about after? Your lover will always crack a smile every time he or she reaches to crack open a bottle. $22.00, 

Food Grade Coconut Bath Soak 

CoconutMilk_BathSoakBesides food, the next best thing about Valentine’s Day is getting pampered. Herbivore’s food grade coconut milk bath soak combines the best of both! $18.00

Chocolate Melting Pot

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Chocolate dipped strawberries are super delicious, but it’s been done over and over again. Instead of spending hundreds of dollars on a box of week old strawberries, you can show your Valentine how resourceful and creative you are when you bust out this chocolate melting pot and create some chocolate dipped treats of your own. $17.99

Heart-Shaped Tea Infuser

Heart Shaped Tea InfuserValentine’s Day is only one day a year, so why spend money on something that’s just going to get thrown out in a week. This heart-shaped tea infuser will allow your favorite tea lover to feel the warmth of your love while brewing cup after cup of delicious homemade tea. $6.21

Cooking Set with Valentine’s Day Recipe E-book

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This might be the best thing on this list. Before you spend your life savings on an overpriced steak dinner, it might be easier — and less expensive — to learn how to cook for once in your life. This cooking set comes with two e-books, one specifically for Valentine’s Day recipes. $17.48