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Mr. Rogers Shows Us How Macaroni Is Made [WATCH]

We’ve been feeling particularly nostalgic this month. For some reason, while getting lost in the vicious waves of YouTube surfing, we found ourselves drawn to videos of Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood. The classic PBS show would occasionally host a segment, admittedly our favorite, where we got to look inside factories to see how popular foods were made in bulk.

In this video, Mr. Rogers shows us how macaroni is made.

The beloved host takes viewers into a macaroni plant and shows us step-by-step how the product goes from wheat to the iconic pasta that consumers love drenching in gooey cheese.

Now we may be a sucker for watching packaged foods get made in factories, but we still find ourselves fascinated by this segment even decades after watching it for the first time in our youths.

Speaking of PBS, I wonder if Arthur is still on the air?

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Hit-Or-Miss Packaged Food

Watch How Pepperoni Is Made

We put it in our pizzas, our sandwiches, and pretty much anything we feel could use a meaty spice to it. As common as this sausage is, have you ever wondered how pepperoni is actually made?

How It’s Made, a series on Science Channel, shows us how simple ground pork is transformed into the flavorful smoked meat used in so much food porn shares.

Check out the video to see the entire process, from pork to packaging of mini pepperonis. If you’re a fan of the How It’s Made series like we are, you’re gonna want to check out their episodes on Ketchup and Worcestershire sauce. Pretty captivating stuff.

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Hit-Or-Miss Humor Opinion

10 Foods From Television I Desperately Wish Were Real

There are few things in this world that are greater than food, sex and sleep, particularly in that order. Since this isn’t sexbeast or sleepbeast, I figure I can focus on the food. Just as we daydream about having threesomes with celebrities, or how we long for our beds while at work, we also have borderline sexual fantasies about food.

I’ve compiled a collection of the most desirable foods from movies and television that I would sacrifice my firstborn child to taste. In fact, you can have the follow-up children as well, they’re never as good as the first one anyways.

1. Harry Potter – Butterbeer

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Now, I know what you’re thinking. “But Sean, Butterbeer DOES exist! Look, here’s the recipe I found that some lady in Albuquerque named Ruth came up with!” Well, that’s kind of the issue. Butterbeer is described as “a little bit like less-sickly butterscotch.” On top of that, it has some alcoholic content to it, albeit a tiny amount. Still, I scoured the interwebz for a recipe that sounds as close to the description in the book as possible. Alas, they all cover the butterscotch portion but fail to bring the alcoholic factor into the equation. All I really want is to enjoy a sweet, crisp Butterbeer with my friends at the Three Broomsticks, is that so much to ask?

2. James And The Giant Peach – The Peach

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“Ew Sean, all the bugs were walking around in the peach and shitting in it and stuff, what’s wrong with you?” Yes, bugs were walking around in it. But you know what? Those bugs were as humanoid as they come, and if you’re going to have walking, talking, fashion-conscious bugs, will you really have the balls to say, “Get out of my peach“? Furthermore, I’ve seen some of you share ice cream cones with your Rottweilers and shit, you know who you are. Besides, everything is better when it’s bigger, right? Have you ever been floored by a rack of chicken ribs? No you haven’t, liar.

3. Lord Of The Rings – Lembas Bread

Nutritious, delicious, sustaining and long-lasting. What more could you ask for in a simple piece of bread? Created by the Elves of Rivendell and the Woodland Realm, this bread was made to last months without going stale, as long as it stays wrapped in the green mallorn leaves it comes in. This square-shaped pastry was the staple meal for Samwise and Frodo on their long, treacherous journey, giving them just enough strength to make it to Mordor and free humanity from the clutches of that big eyeball guy. Besides, it’s not like you’re going to find a White Castle in Middle Earth. It’s either Lembas bread or the rotting corpse of “filthy orcses.” Your call, hobbits.

4. Spongebob Squarepants – Krabby Patties

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Widely considered the greatest food in Bikini Bottom, this burger has retained its insanely large fanbase ever since sea sponges, crabs, squids and starfish began walking, talking and weightlifting. Invented in his younger days by Mr. Krabs, the money-hungry proprietor of the Krusty Krab, this burger has all the standard ingredients in a burger except for two things: the undersea cheese and the secret formula. Over the years, Spongebob and the Krusty Krab krew have come up with a wide variety of burgers, including the pretty patty, the double triple patty deluxe, the jelly patty, the monster patty and the chopper burger. The recipe for the flabby patty (a patty made to garner friendship between enemies), my personal favorite, is:

  • Four pounds of “grade A love”
  • One tablespoon of “listening”
  • Two tablespoons of “cooperation”
  • Mix ingredients
  • Hold in warm heart

5. Hook – The Lost Boys’ Feast

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I often fondly recall my time as a child, with my vivid imagination running wild and free, like a flying velociraptor that shoots fire and money out of it’s mouth, but not at the same time. In order to really enjoy this feast, you have to BELIEVE. Despite the fact that the only thing I can identify with certainty is the turkey, this scene always made me wish so badly that I could be there for this magnificent feast. I have to believe that the adventurous Christmas music playing during that scene is also part of my desire to partake in the meal, because it gets me really excited. Plus, you KNOW it’s going to turn into one of the most amazing food fights ever. Who wouldn’t want that? Barbarians and funsuckers, that’s who.

6. Friends – Chandler And Rachel’s Cheesecake

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It’s fairly common knowledge that New York Cheesecake is one of the best types of cheesecake you can find, and many would argue that it is in fact the best. So how is one supposed to act when one finds the best New York Cheesecake IN New York!? Like a pair of bloodthirsty savages, of course. That’s how Chandler Bing and Rachel Green acted when the most amazing cheesecake they’ve ever had appeared on their doorstep. After eating the entire thing, the Gods looked down upon them favorably and sent them another cheesecake! They decided to split this one evenly, only both of their pieces ended up on the floor. The reason this cheesecake makes the list is because it was so good that they continued to eat the cheesecake…off the floor. Of course, who else shows up with a fork in hand, ready to join in on the ground grub, other than Joey Tribbiani? This time, Joey DOES share food.

7. Dr. Seuss – Green Eggs And Ham

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“You know what, man? Keep following me around and shit, see what happens. I’m serious, Sam. I will knock your bitchass out right here, right now, fo’ real. I don’t want your green eggs and ham, fuckin’ weirdo. Shit is wack.”

That’s what the exchange in the beloved children’s book Green Eggs and Ham would sound like if it was modernized and dropped the rhyming scheme. Still, this meal (despite its questionable color) has made many a mouth water over the years. What kind of lonely shut-in would say no to sharing a meal with a fox in a box? I’ll tell you one thing, Sam, I would definitely eat them in a house with a mouse. By the end of the book, the guy who hates on them the whole time ends up loving them.

Wait, what? The green eggs and ham are actually green eggs and green ham? I thought they were a metaphor for acid? No? Oh. Ok, never mind, not so into them anymore.

8. Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory – Everything

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This movie, perhaps above all else, is likely the sole reason for at least 80% of children’s cavities in the last 45 years. It was virtually impossible to watch this movie and not crave some sort of candy or chocolate. From the Chocolate River to the Fizzy Lifting Drinks to the Everlasting Gobstopper, the infinite number of things to put in your mouth in this fairy tale factory are overwhelming. In one room in particular, you can eat everything, and I mean everything, from the plants to the rocks to the river. Of course, all of the children suffered gruesome and horrific fates, whether it was drowning, blowing up, shrinking down or being burned alive in a furnace. Still, totes worth it.

9. Popeye The Sailor – Spinach

Considering the number of junk foods that have made it on this list already, it’s understandable that I feel the need to throw in some greenery. Even so, I wouldn’t do y’all dirty like that. Yes, it’s spinach, but not just any spinach. This spinach boasts the ability to make consumers so strong that their muscles begin growing within seconds of ingestion. Popeye’s love for the leafy green vegetable increased profitability in the spinach market (yes, that’s a thing) so much so that four different statues of the animated character were erected around the Unites States. FOUR. That’s five more Popeye statues than there should ever be. Still, if spinach gave people super strength, who WOULDN’T be eating that shit every day?

10. Family Guy – Pawtucket Patriot Ale

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I’m a red-blooded American, and every red-blooded American likes a nice frosty beer every once in a while. Of course, if you’re Peter Griffin, you like a nice frosty Pawtucket Patriot Ale every 20 seconds. The fictional ale, made to look similar to Samuel Adams’ Boston Lager, has been the staple beverage on the show for the last 14 seasons. Peter’s love for the drink is so great, he even begins working at the brewery just to get his fair share of free brews. Some of the wild and adventurous shenanigans that Peter, Brian, Quagmire, Joe and Cleveland get into after polishing off a couple of pitchers of the hoppy nectar make me think that the beer has something to do with it. Either that, or Stewie has been lacing their drinks with LSD. Yeah, that’s a thing.

 

 

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Technology

Japan Created The World’s First Robot Farm And Here’s What It Can Do

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Japan is really pushing forward with robotics. First, we got the pancake flipper, then the Sushi Robot and now a farm that’s fully operated by automatons will soon make its debut.

Tech Insider reports that Spread, a lettuce production company, will have a farm that only hires robots to harvest lettuce. About 30,000 heads of lettuce will be ready for shipment every day, reportedly. That’s nearly 11 million a year.

The machines, however, will be more like conveyor belts with arms attached than the cybernetic farmers we were picturing in our heads. Ah well, it’s probably for the best.

Scheduled to open in 2017, Spread’s Kameoka Plant will increase productivity. The robotic farm will also reduce labor costs by 50 percent, cut energy consumption by 30 percent and use 98 percent recycled water for the crops.

All these benefits will potentially lower costs for consumers, said a spokesperson for Spread.

Spread’s robotic farm is set to open sometime next year.

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Packaged Food

Nestle CEO Refuses To Move Bottling Plant Out Of California Despite Drought, Offers Another Solution

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Nestle has been on the receiving end of a lot of flack when they continued to bottle water in California, despite the state’s massive drought.

In a recent interview with Tim Brown, CEO of Nestle Waters North America, he has no plans to stop bottling water.

“Absolutely not. In fact, if I could increase it, I would.”

This was Brown’s response to NASA hydrologist Jay Famiglietti after the latter asked if Brown would consider relocating his company’s bottling operations outside of the drought-ridden state.

According to SCPR, Brown said that if he stopped bottling water in California customers would flock to another brand.

Brown is, however, actively looking for solutions during the state’s drought. Nestles has reportedly invested $7 million on technology that would extract water from milk production to be used in the factory’s operations.

Since the plant has cooling towers for milk that use water, the change would allow them to reuse and recycle that water instead of allowing it to go to waste. Brown says that this step will save about 63 million gallons of water a year.

The Modesto factory will finish upgrading it’s water-friendly tech by 2016.

Currently, the company produces water bottle brands including Arrowhead, Pure Life, Deer Park and Poland Spring.

Photo: Nestle

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[FIRST LOOK] Foodbeast Discovers What the Sriracha Factory Actually Looks Like Inside, Sadly No Oompa Loompas

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Last week, Huy Fong Foods Inc. released a public invitation inviting fans to tour their Willy Wonka Sriracha Factory. Located in Irwindale, Calif., the 650,00 square-foot factory has finally opened it’s doors to the masses.

Over the last few years, it’s no secret that Sriracha gained a die-hard cult following (we even made a video admitting our own sordid love affair with the hot sauce) and the beloved hot sauce is now a household name. So, without further ado, we present to you the Sriracha Factory: where dreams are birthed into 17-oz bottles.

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Rooster Sauce Command Center

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Founded by David Tran, Huy Fong Foods got its name from the freighter that Tran left Vietnam on many years ago. Sriracha’s signature rooster logo was also Tran’s Zodiac sign, which he used to brand his product. While we got a little nervous as we approached the ominous building, it was good to see where our love for the rooster sauce really comes from. We could only blindly adore for so long.

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Chili Pepper Slip n’ Slide

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The chilies are harvested when in season and loaded into this machine for thorough washing. Sadly, we missed harvest season by a few months, but we imagine it’s like some sort of glorious slip n’ slide for chilies only (boo).

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It’s a Grind(er)!

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The peppers then go through a rigorous grinding process and water is added to the chili peppers. There definitely was a mild smell in this part of the tour, but honestly, it was delicious. Dunno why Irwindale would complain, the only tears I had were those of joy.

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Vinegar and salt are also added to the ground chilies and mixed together thoroughly.

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Like the vats from Breaking Bad, but a different kind of addicting.

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The chilies are stored in these large blue containers until ready for production. Just before they’re dispensed into the vats, garlic and sugar are added to the mix.

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How many of these blue containers are on site? Think the ending of Raiders of the Lost Ark.

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Empty Bottles Go In … Happiness Comes Out

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To make the Sriracha bottles, a plastic tube is heated until it expands. It’s like watching baby bottles of Sriracha in utero.

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They then go through a carefully inspected conveyor belt. Whatever doesn’t make the cut is probably sent to the island of misfit hot sauces.

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The empty bottles go into a room where the red sauce is squirted lovingly inside and then topped with their signature green caps.

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The bottles then exit the room through the conveyor and are ready to be boxed.

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So ends the tour of the Huy Fong factory. Wait, did they make other sauces there? I forgot to check. At capacity, 12,000 bottles of Sriracha are produced in an hour. Which means up to 288,000 bottles a day can be produced if needed. Like I said, this is where dreams are made.

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Fast Food

Here’s Proof McDonald’s Chicken Nuggets Are Actually Made from Chicken

Battling rumors that their McNuggets contain the notorious pink slime, McDonald’s Canada released a video tour of one of their factories in London Canada.

The process begins at their de-boning department, where whole chickens are sliced up and the chicken breast is set aside in a separate bin. The breast meat is then ushered into the “blending room” where it’s ground up and blended with seasoning and chicken skin.

Next, the lovely mash of beige is formed into the four official chicken nugget shapes and covered with a light batter, followed by a thicker, tempura batter. From there, the lil’ nuggets are par-fried, frozen and packaged for shipping. You can peek the full walk-through below. We can’t guarantee it’ll make you crave a happy meal but hey, at least it’s “bona fide” chicken.

H/T Sploid

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City Sues Sriracha, Complains the Factory’s Glorious Odor is Irritating Residents

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A Sriracha factory in Irwindale, California may be forced to shut down due to nearby residents complaining of burning eyes, irritated throats and headaches caused by the pungent chili odor emanating from the plant. 

The city filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court Monday, requesting a halt to production at the Huy Fong Foods factory, as the smell forced some people to evacuate their homes. Although Huy Fong initially made moves to find a solution, plans fell through when the company refused to acknowledge the odor problem, pointing out that their employees worked in similar olfactory settings without an issue, Irwindale City Attorney Fred Galante told the LA Times.

“If they fix it and the odor problems stop, we don’t need this order; but so far the odor complaints continue,” said Galante, who further stated that more than 30 residents have filed or submitted a complaint to the city. Until Huy Fong is able to submit a plan of action to minimize the smell, the city is seeking temporary closure of the factory.

Ok, now that you know what’s up, is it awful that we think air contaminated with tantalizing Rooster Sauce sounds like a wet, delicious dream? I know, we’re awful, hungry people.

H/T LA Times + PicThx Sriracha