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Debunking 9 Of The Internet’s Most Viral Egg Experiments

Some of the most viral videos on the internet come from fun food “science experiments,” most of which are fun ways to transform or think about the things we eat. Eggs tend to be an especially popular category, especially with the myriad of seemingly mystical alterations they can go through.

However, as is always the case with the internet, things may not always be what they seem, especially when put through the lens of a jump-cut video. To prove whether some of the most viral egg experiments were actually true or not, we decided to test them out ourselves. The entire process took over 24 hours, all of which we conducted live on our Twitch channel so that folks could see how it all played out.

Below are the results of the nine experiments we attempted to prove as true or false. You can also view the shortened YouTube version of how we conducted these tests above.

Vinegar Egg Experiment

We took a few different eggs, added them to a beaker of distilled white vinegar, and let them sit for about 30 hours at room temperature. Marinating raw eggs like this for over a day is supposed to eat away at the egg shell and solidify the egg white, leaving you with a bouncy egg.

While our shells didn’t completely eat away, the eggs were slightly bouncy, but couldn’t survive a fall of more than a foot. Since it didn’t work as the internet led us to believe on both parts, we marked this test as failed.

Neon Vinegar Egg Experiment

By adding highlighter to the above vinegar solution, you can effectively dye the dissolved egg, leaving it a neon-like hue. Apparently, this may also glow under black lights, but we didn’t have one available to test it out. As for the dying, though, this one succeeded.

Dissolving Eggshell Experiment

If you take just the egg shell and remove all of the insides, you can also dissolve it in vinegar. What you should be left with is a thin membrane enclosed, almost like a small bouncy ball. After 30 hours, almost all of the egg shell had dissolved, but not quite. Had we given it an extra 12, this would have worked the way we wanted, so we said this experiment was a success.

Silver Egg Experiment

This experiment relies more on optical illusions, it seems, but by charring an egg shell completely then setting it in water, you’re left with a silver hue on the outside. This one was tough, but managed to work out for us, making it a success.

Blooming Egg Salad Experiment

Although it’s more of a hack than an experiment, we were curious to see how pressure played a role in this test. By pushing an egg through something thin yet tough, like a mesh, you can effectively dice it into thin pieces. While this was a success for us, you do have a little bit of a mess at the end from any bits that get smushed against the mesh.

Egg Shaping Experiment

When eggs are cooling after being hard boiled, the shape of the white can apparently be changed by adding the right amount of pressure. We were able to use this to make eggs in the shape of diamonds and cylinders, so this egg “science” was a resounding success.

Egg Bottleneck Experiment

Apparently, cooling hard-boiled egg whites can act like a more viscous solid that allows it to move and transform its shape. In this case, we were able to use steam from boiling hot water to create a vacuum, pulling the egg through a hole smaller than itself and trapping it inside a carafe. It did take a few minutes (a lot longer than what some videos would have you believe), but it was a success nonetheless.

Blow Peeling Experiment

In some viral experiments, we saw people “peel” hard boiled eggs by breaking off the top and bottom pieces of shell, then blowing through one end to force it out. Yes, this was ridiculous as it sounded, and even the strongest of gusts we could muster couldn’t get the egg to budge. For us, this was a fail.

Golden Egg Experiment

Shaking an egg long and hard enough can, some claim, mix together the yolk and the white so that when you boil it, the resulting egg is yellow all the way through. After several minutes of vigorous movement, the yolk simply would not mix, no matter what we did. This was a disappointing fail.


Overall, 6 of the 9 experiments we tried did end up succeeding, proving that while most of what’s out there does work, as always, take what you see on the internet with a grain of salt.

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Hit-Or-Miss Now Trending

This Single Egg Became The Most-Liked Photo On Instagram

2019 has barely begun and an unknown account as appeared to accomplish the unthinkable: become the most-liked photo on Instagram. So what kind of celebrity could be behind such a behemoth post that’s garnered over 30 million likes through the course of 10 days? Is it Selena Gomez drinking another bottle of Coke, hoping to reclaim her title?

Nope, there’s no celebrity behind this. No brand pushing a new item. The most-liked photo on Instagram  has become a simple image of an un-cracked egg that may or may not be a stock photo from somewhere.

Instagram account @world_record_egg posted a photo on January 4 of a simple brown egg over a white background.

In a matter of days, the photo gained an inconceivable number of likes for an account that’s essentially a newcomer, eventually surpassing previous record holder Kylie Jenner’s 18 million likes post of her newborn, and then doubling it in a day.

At the time of publication, the egg photograph had more than 36 million likes on Instagram, with it expected to climb even higher in the days to come.

What’s funny is the @world_record_egg doesn’t have any previous posts before the egg photo. In fact, the entirety of the account seemed to be based around beating Jenner’s record.

 

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This can’t be the first time an account has attempted to set the world record for likes, but something about this egg has cracked the Instagram algorithm for success.

We’ll do some digging to see if there’s a story behind this phenomenon. In the meantime, the egg photo is gaining about 1 million likes each hour since yesterday as a sort of a snowball effect of success.

Perhaps in a few days, Jimmy Kimmel will announce to the world that he’s secretly running this account. Perhaps.

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Grocery Hacks Packaged Food

The Secret Meaning Behind The Numbers On Your Egg Carton

Photo: Taste of Home

Chances are you almost always have eggs in your fridge. Whether baked, scrambled or poached, they’re one of the most versatile items on the grocery list. (Here’s how to choose the best eggs at the store.) You might think the best way to pick a carton is by checking the grade, size, and expiration date—but there’s a secret, more efficient way to tell how fresh your eggs are.

Interested? Keep reading.

How to Decode Your Egg Carton

On the side of your egg carton, right by (or below) the “Sell By” date, you’ll see a three-digit code. No, it’s not an arbitrary serial number; it’s the Julian date, your fail-safe guide to fresh eggs.

Ranging from 001 to 365, the Julian date represents the day the eggs were packaged. Each code corresponds to a day in the year, so 001 would be January 1 and 365 would represent December 31. Once the eggs are packaged, they’ll keep in your fridge for four to five weeks. Psst: Here’s how long your other grocery staples will last.

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, eggs can be sold for up to 30 days after they were packaged. So even if they’re in stock and not expired, they might be weeks old. Eew!

Ever notice that egg yolks were different shades? This is why.

So, Why Does It Matter?

It’s obvious newly packaged eggs taste better, but an egg’s quality can significantly deteriorate over time. As an egg ages, it loses moisture and carbon dioxide, making the whites thinner and the yolk more susceptible to breaking. And when you eat old, expired eggs, your risk of getting a food-borne disease from them increases.

As for the code starting with a “P” right next to the Julian date? That’s the plant code, which represents where the eggs were packaged. If there’s an egg recall, the plant code will determine whether your carton is included.

Look, we know stressful grocery shopping can be, but checking the Julian date is an extra step worth taking. If you don’t want to whip out your calendar and calculator (we don’t blame you), here’s a general rule of thumb to follow. If you’re buying eggs in early to mid January, look for lower numbers (015 will be significantly fresher than 364). If you’re buying eggs later in the year, look for the highest number possible.

Now that you know how to select your eggs, the next step is to break them. Why not try these tasty hacks for awesome scrambled eggs? Bon appétit!

Related Links:

50 Secret Recipes for Classic Diner Foods

33 Things Your Fast Food Worker Isn’t Telling You

10 Common Mistakes Everyone Makes When Brewing Coffee 


Article by Kelsey Mulvey from Taste of Home. View the original article here.

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#foodbeast Culture Fast Food FOODBEAST Hacks

PSA: You Can Put Eggs In ANY McDonald’s Burger—You’re Welcome

Photo by Peter Pham, Foodbeast

Ever since McDonald’s started serving breakfast all day, it’s been a pleasure grabbing a McGriddle in the middle of the night, or in the middle of the afternoon.

While eating a Quarter Pounder with a hash brown on the side was a nice combination of breakfast and lunch, there’s one hack that no one’s been using, to the point that it gives McDonald’s employees that, “Aha!” moment upon you ordering it.

If you roll up to your local McDonald’s and order a Big Mac, Quarter Pounder, McChicken or anything, you can add an egg to it.

Photo by Peter Pham, Foodbeast

That’s right, if you want a “round egg” inside your Big Mac, just ask for it. If you’ve got a hankering for a “folded egg” in your cheeseburger, they have no problem throwing it on there, either.

I first tested it out at a Santa Ana, California McDonald’s near work. I figured their eggs are obviously available during lunch time, so why not take a shot and see what happens.

Let’s just call this the McEgg Mac/Photo by Isai Rocha

I ordered a Big Mac, and nervously said, “Would it be possible to throw a round egg in there?” The manager at the register gave me a look of intrigue, and simply responded with:

“Yeah, sure. Let me know how that tastes.”

It worked, and it tasted glorious.

Photo by Peter Pham, Foodbeast

With this newfound knowledge at my disposal, I felt like a brand new door had opened for me at a restaurant where I felt everything had been done already.

I later went to a Whittier, California McDonald’s to see if I’d get any pushback, but the cashier simply nodded her head, saying, “I don’t see why not.”

This time we tried it with a Quarter Pounder, along with a McChicken and a Cheeseburger, just to spruce up some of the value menu items.

Egg McChicken? Yes, Please./Photo by Peter Pham, Foodbeast

The eggs were a $1.80 add-on per sandwich, which isn’t too crazy, and is a definite upgrade to your usual Dollar Menu sandwich, if you choose to go that route.

While the “round egg” is made fresh, I preferred the yellow folded egg, but both were delicious and worth it.

Now that we know what’s up at McDonald’s, the menu to us will be changed forever, as we should be putting eggs inside every damn sandwich from now on.

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Restaurants What's New

Curry House And Sanrio Just Created An Exclusive Gudetama Menu

Photo: Sanrio

Fans of Sanrio’s popular Gudetama, prepare your palates and your camera phones.

In a special collaboration with Curry House, the lazy cartoon egg will be the star of an exclusive menu created by the restaurant chain. It’s pretty darn adorable, too.

Patrons of Curry House will be able to enjoy a special multi-course tasting menu for $29. The Gudetama-inspired dinner features keema curry (with rice, salad, corn soup), custard pudding, and a beverage. Guests will also receive a limited edition Gudetama x Curry House beanie for attending the tasting.

Photo: Sanrio

Select menu items will also feature Gudetama’s likeness, including his face looking at you from a bright yellow yolk.

Mark your calendars, as the Gudetama x Curry House collaboration will begin on Oct. 20, 2017 and run through Jan. 20, 2018. This leaves plenty of time to get your lazy egg fix before it comes to a close.

Gudetama’s menu will be available at all nine Curry House locations throughout California.

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#foodbeast Cravings Feel Good FOODBEAST Hit-Or-Miss News Now Trending Recipes Restaurants SPONSORED Video What's New

‘The Bubba’ Is The Fried Chicken Breakfast Sandwich You’ve Never Tried

Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern prides itself on serving comfort food for the foodie in all of us. It all started with a culinary family tradition that perfected a short-order cooking style, that Jimmy himself describes as, “Frycook-meets-Foodie,” that was meant to create bold flavors and plates with savory characteristics. So, whether you’re a local, or just passing through, the food at Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern is meant to satisfy the soul.

Photo by Peter Pham

From the cheesy to the fried, Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern operates on the philosophy of craveability by creating irresistible combinations with an all flavor, no-frills approach. What’s more, handcrafted cocktails and an assortment of beers make Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern  the perfect place to unwind — and fill up.  

Photo by Peter Pham

While there are excellent brunch favorites like a Classic Eggs Benedict and Buttermilk Fried Chicken & Malted Ale Waffles, it’s the brunch specialties like The Bubba, that has really become a go-to option for everyone stopping by Jimmy’s.

Photo by Peter Pham

For specs on The Bubba, picture a fluffy biscuit filled with beer-battered fried chicken, then baked with thick slices of cheddar cheese on top, topped crispy bacon, sausage gravy, and crowned with a sunnyside up egg. Still, even something this good can’t last all day. Jimmy’s brunch is from 10:00 a.m – 2:00 p.m. daily, so don’t sleep on The Bubba or any other of Jimmy’s Famous brunch offerings.  

With locations peppered across Southern California, Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern isn’t hard to find, but it might be hard to leave.


Created in partnership with Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern

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Culture Products Recipes

This Stunning Poster Features 25 Glorious Japanese Egg Dishes

Eggs are one of the most versatile foods around. We, as a nation, have grown complacent with simply throwing a fried egg on everything and anything. That’s fine and dandy for an Instagram photo, but that’s no way to broaden your egg-loving horizons.

Tamago, the Japanese word for egg, is featured in many dishes in Japan. A poster created by a talented designer named Fanny, AKA the Japanese Foodie, highlights 25 different Japanese dishes that feature the beloved tamago.

Items include dishes like egg jelly, egg omelette sushi, omelette rice, pudding, egg rice porridge, and rolled eel omelettes.

With about a week to go, the Kickstarter campaign has already reached more than its intended $1,000 goal. We’ll keep you posted with a direct link on where to buy it when we find out. Until then, there are a few spots left to fund this project and get an early version of the poster through the Kickstarter.

This is a definitely must-have for the ultimate lover of eggs.

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Recipes Video

How This Stunning Sandwich Came From The World’s Saddest Man

Making food can be a real labor of love, especially when there’s no love left in your heart.

Melancholic and beautiful do not begin to describe the first episode of Keiran Lenhof’s new cooking series Sad Man Meals. While we’ve seen Internet cooking shows in the past, very few have matched the hauntingly realistic quality of this entry.

In his first episode, he creates a Pork Sandwich while struggling with a recent divorce.

Within the first few minutes, we expect him to create something out of the ShittyFoodPorn subreddit. Imagine our shock within the final shots of the video where his “Sad Man Meal” becomes a stunning sandwich, complete with egg yolk porn.

The series’ goal is not to feed one sad man, but to feed the sad man inside each of us: the men and women who make up the lonely, the depressed, the heartbroken, and the melancholy.

Feel deserted? Enjoy a dessert. No friends? Friend a pizza. Love may have left you, but a steaming plate of melty nachos never will.

You can check out the first episode in the embed above, or go to the Vimeo page to view the complete recipe for the Pork Sandwich. The project features the the brilliant work of Food Photographer Allison Davis and Art Director/Food Stylist Michelle T. Nguyen.

Man, we’re already hungry for more Sad Man Meals.