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The Ultimate Hamburger

Nathan Myhrvold, Ph.D. and Microsoft tycoon, is the creator of the comprehensive Modernist Cuisine cookbook. His crack research team set about building the ultimate hamburger. Each component was redesigned from scratch. A video at the link goes into some detail. The beef? It's taken out of the meat grinder in parallel strands, then frozen and sliced with a band saw into cross-sections so that the grains are cut evenly by the teeth of the consumer. After the meat is sliced, it's then seared with liquid nitrogen and immediately fried in hot oil. The result is a caramelized surface that keeps the juices inside without burning.

Link | Modernist Cuisine | Previously: The Drinkable Bagel

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Nathan Myrhvold is also one of the world's worst patent trolls, so he funds this stuff by buying up patents for things he didng invent and has no intent to manufacture, then suing other companies who actially DO and CREATE things, filing a bunch of ridiculous patent lawsuits. Ever since I found out about that, I lost my appetite for his cooking experiments. I'm kind of surprised Neatorama would promote anything he does.
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The best burgers that I've ever had were at Harry's Place in Hoover, Alabama. Nothing could top them back in the day when Harry himself worked the grill.
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