Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Someone’s in the Kitchen with Facts!

What's that smell? Why, it must be Very Little Known Facts whipping up a piping hot batch of knowledge!

  • Knife Sharpening is a required course in every major culinary school on the East Coast. With a nod to centuries of French culinary tradition, students receive a special badge upon successful completion of the course.

  • Whoops! A tomato is not a vegetable. In fact, it was dumbly never categorized as anything!

  • The burner rings on natural gas stovetops were originally designed to dry glasses in busy restaurants. In fact, the German term Gasofenring literally translates as “nature's drying rack.”

  • Forbes magazine recently voted the electric can opener as the single most ingenious time-saving invention of the twentieth century. They cited many noteworthy innovations including ease of use, reliability, and the magnet that makes manual lid removal "a thing of the past."

  • On a related note: So-called “Next Generation” electric can openers open cans from the side, leaving no sharp edges. Safety experts estimate that over 80,000 Americans visit the Emergency Room each year with can-related injuries. (This total includes family, friends, and loved ones.)

  • Planning for a party? Sandwiches make for great finger food!!!

  • Now that’s Italian! The Sicilian method of cooking pasta involves boiling it inside a clear tube. Traditionally the tube is made of glass, but newer models incorporate space-age plastics.


Splendid said...

Speaking of kitchen safety, how does VLKF rate new style bagel slicers?

Jon Black and Britt Bergman said...

Dear splendid,

Thanks for your comment! Of course it was Isaac Newton's Fourth Law that said, "Anything new must be better than the old, inefficient way of doing things." Certainly this holds true for bagel slicers. Were we tired of those old, dangerous bagel slicers? Yes, we were. Yes. Thanks again for your comment!