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This Is The Rarest Pasta In The World [WATCH]

We’ve made pasta by hand once in our lives and it was one of the most painstaking, meticulous cooking processes we’ve experienced. The payoff between hand-made and store-bought was night and day, however, making it all worth it in the end. We have to wonder, how would the world’s rarest form of pasta taste?

Great Big Story paid a visit to Paola Abraini, one of the only people left on the planet who knows how to create this rare form of pasta.

Called su filindeu, the pasta is said to have been around since the beginning of time, and exclusively produced in Nuoro, Italy. While the process of creating the pasta is meticulous, the ingredients themselves are simple: durum wheat semolina, salt, and water.

The idea is to create incredibly thin pasta threads through precise hand motions. It’s then placed on a wooden surface to dry, resembling a woven piece of cloth.

Knowing how to make su filindeu has been a well-guarded family secret, passed from mothers to daughters, for hundreds of years.

You can see bits of Abraini’s pasta-shaping technique in the video above. This looks so delicious. Gotta appreciate all the centuries it took to perfect this pasta.

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Why This Rare Chinese Tea Costs $10,000 Per Pot

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Tea enthusiasts with lots of money to spend may want to head to a town in southern China to find one of the most expensive tea varieties in the world.

More popular for its price than its taste, the extremely rare and original Da Hong Pao (Imperial Red Robe) tea costs about $10,000 per pot, or around $1,400 per gram, according to BBC Travel.

Found only in the Chinese town of Wuyishan, Da Hong Pao is the heavily oxidized, dark Oolong tea known for its sweet aroma and a smoky, mellow flavor that leaves an enduring aftertaste minutes after consumed.

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Due to its quality and price, low-income families are not able to drink the expensive tea in China. Even to those who can afford it, the special tea is usually reserved for honored guests.

Relatively cheaper alternatives, priced around $100 per kilogram, are also available in Wuyishan. These varieties come from genetically identical plants grown out of cuttings from the original trees which produce similar yet varying grades of tea.

The quality of the Da Hong Pao tea is graded by its range of tastes and is influenced by the processing used, soil differences, and garden location.

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The expensive variety comes from the group of ancient and almost extinct wild “mother trees” from steep Tianxin Rock in the Wuyi Mountains in Jiulongke. The very last of these rare tea leaves were harvested in 2005 from the trees, which will never yield again.

The price of the legendary tea, which dates as far back as the early 18th century (Dao Guang Era), will only get higher as merchants and tea collectors have hoarded the remaining antique tea leaves.

“The original Da Hong Pao is so expensive because there are hardly any of the original tea trees left,” tea master Xiangning Wu explained to BBC Travel. “And antique versions are very valuable, almost priceless.”

Written by NextShark’s Jacob Wagner

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Here’s Why This Single Cracker Is Worth Over $22,000

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Usually, a single cracker goes for no more than a few cents. You can buy them in boxes at the dollar store. However, one specific cracker has been auctioned off for 15,000 pounds:  $22,965 USD.

What makes the Spillers & Bakers Pilot cracker so special was that it was saved from lifeboat of the famous TITANIC. Y’know, the British passenger liner that famously sank in 1912.

James Fenwick was a passenger on the Carpathia, the cruise liner that picked up Titanic survivors. He found the cracker on a life boat and tossed it in an envelope for safekeeping.

Fast forward more than a century later and the cracker, also known as a biscuit, was purchased by a Greek collector.

Seems like a pretty hefty sum to drop on a snack. It’s all in the name of history, right?

Photo: BBC, Henry Aldridge & Son

 

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The World’s Most Expensive Wine Costs a Cool $195,000

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Cristal ain’t got ish on this Château Margaux 2009.

Quite literally the world’s most expensive red wine available for retail purchase, a Balthazar (12-liter bottle) of this famous Bordeaux packed in a fine oak case will run you $195,000 in US Dollars. Oh, and you can only find it at Le Clos wine shop, which happens to be located in Terminal 3 at the Dubai International Airport.

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Don’t fret mon frère, that cost also includes a swanky first class trip flight to France to visit the estate for tours of the vineyard and a fancy dinner. If that doesn’t help to justify the extravagant cost, at least you can say you own one of six Balthazars of Château Margaux 2009 in the world.

With only three bottles of this fine wine available at Le Clos, this is the first time that Château Margaux has bottled Balthazars — a wine they deem full of “wonderful concentration, finesse, balance and freshness.”

Though the 2009 seems young for its age, the wine makers assure connoisseurs that “the Château Margaux 2009 vintage is one of the finest [they] have ever produced.” Convinced yet?

PicThx Le Clos

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This Smart Grill Can Cook to Specific Steak Temperatures, From Rare to Well-Done

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Let me tell you about my mom. Like most moms, she cooks. She cooks often. Sometimes, she even cooks well (sorry mom, *most of the time). But she does not know how to cook steak. It’s something she’s struggled with for years now, each time resulting in nothing less than expertly seasoned slabs of beef jerky.

For the first part of my life it was acceptable, then it became annoying, then endearing, but now I think it’s time I helped her out by getting her one of these OptiGrills for Christmas (just . . . don’t quote me on it).

OptiGrill is an indoor electrical grill capable of measuring a cut of meat’s thickness (whether steak or chicken or hot dog or what have you) and adjusting the cooking time and temperature according to that thickness. A color-changing cooking indicator lets you set your food’s ideal temperature and an alarm dings when it’s time to take it off the grill.

Now, knowing my mom, she’ll probably insist on turning the dial all the way to “well-done” anyway, despite my and the rest of my family’s fervent protests, but at least now it’ll be on purpose. Silly mom.

OptiGrill: $180 @ T-fal, available in October

H/T + PicThx Gizmodo

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Steak Button Thermometer Set

Summer is coming up and everyone is getting ready to spend some time in the sun, maybe have a pool party and grill up some steaks. And of course you want to show off to your attractive lady friends by being able to man the grill with some authority and efficiency. If you’re not a pro at eyeballing a steak to get a specific level of doneness, do yourself a favor and take the guess work out of it  by getting the Steak Button Thermometer set by Sur La Table. You’ll know exactly when to pull that perfect medium-rare sirloin off the bar-bee! ($20 @ SurLaTable)

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Craving: Bloody Good Sandwich

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Bloody rare sirloin steak, blood orange-infused mayo, blood orange slices, mushrooms, caramelized onions and Swiss cheese all make up this damn bloody good sandwich. Yes. Yes. Win. Win! (Thx Insanewiches)

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Digital BBQ Tongs

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Digital BBQ tongs take the guesswork out of knowing when the food is ready. The sensor measures the meats internal temperature and an alarm sounds when the meat is done. It has seven preset meat types and one custom setting and also has a built-in LED flashlight and easy to read backlit LCD display. Now if only it had a speaker to yell at you when you leave the meat rare and fatty, to lose some weight. (Thx Coolmaterial)