Take baconnaise. Ingredients include soybean oil, gluconic acid, smoke flavor, eggs, and calcium disodium edta. That’s right. No bacon in baconnaise. For some amusing Daily Show segments on baconnaise click here.
Another one is the crab meat you buy in cans for cheap and use in all those crab dips. It’s not crab, but white fish paste that is frozen, shaved into flakes, ground in a vat with eggs and flavorings to make it taste crab-like, then cooked and finally formed into crab-like appearance. Check to see if the crab meat you buy is real before you purchase it. See how the fake stuff is made below (sorry for the awful music).
The latest food innovation is Burger King’s much-hyped Jalapeno & Cheddar Stuffed Steakhouse Burger. BK says it is the first of its kind menu addition. Press release here.
Now I’ve seen worse items in the annals of disgusting food, but the pictures of this “stuffed” burger make me vomit. See if you can tell which is the BK photo using some food photography tricks.
|Nice job BK photographers|
|Inspiration for the burger?|
And as you can see, this burger isn’t even stuffed. Apparently the food innovators could not figure out how to actually mass produce a stuffed burger so they just chopped up the jalapenos and cheese and added them to the beef to make it look like a nasty pimento loaf. (Inspirational pimento loaf at right.)
Check out the nutritional information for the Stuffed Steakhouse Burger - a whopping 600 calories and 34 grams of fat.
Now, I am not one to avoid fatty foods, but when I do eat them I’ll try to actually eat a stuffed burger without super processed ingredients. I’ve been searching for the ingredient from Burger King list to no avail.
Eating real food and most importantly making, cooking and sharing your food with friends is a simple concept leading to healthier eating and happier people. Here is a novel idea: make your own stuffed jalapeno n' cheese burger. A few recipes below. Give one a try.