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The Food Lab: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know (Plus More!) About Boiling Water

The Food Lab J. Kenji López-Alt 37 comments

We've all heard the expression: "He's such a bad cook, he can't even boil water." But how often do you actually think about the hidden complexities behind throwing a pot full of water on top of a burner? More

Things You Can't Do In Your Home Kitchen: The Boil A Cow Edition

Lia Bulaong Post a comment

It's tricky because they're so big, but cows are roasted on spits whole all the time. Boiled? Not so much. According to Weird Asia News, "during a Food Festival in Sheng Yang China, one company boiled a 1,500 lbs cow. It was 1.3 meters long and 2.5 meters high." The boiler itself was capable of containing three tons of water, and it took ten hours to boil the cow. (The photos might make you squeamish, so if you're in doubt don't click through!)... More

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