LOL @ This Guy’s Sushi

TheFoodAss | General | Monday, November 20th, 2006

Yea, this dude made some sushi out of cheese-filled hotdogs. Yup. I was googling cheese-filled hotdogs to make a post on it. I felt compelled to let those who don’t already know, that cheese filled meat products are the most digusting food product on the planet. Barf.

Props to the sushi guy for his presentation though! Top notch. He has managed to make a mass-produced ass-meat product look not entirely vomit-enducing.



The Bunny VS The Blue Box

TheFoodAss | Grocery Reviews | Sunday, November 19th, 2006

Ever had Annie’s bunny macaroni and cheese? It is pretty easily the best boxed macaroni and cheese product. Oh admit it, it doesn’t matter how old you are, unless you grew up in a vegan hippie commune you LOVE the mac and cheese.

I’m actually talking about the shells and white cheddar version, but it still has the bunny on the box, so whatever. Lets take a snap at the box and the ingredients:

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Pasta, Cheddar Cheese, Whey, Buttermilk, Salt. Word. 5 main ingredients. Obviously it is an organic product, so that’s what you’d expect. Lets compare to the leading blue box:

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A bit more for sure. But to be honest, a lot less crap than I was expecting when I pulled it out of the cupboard. Other than the food dies, nothing that scares me too much. Ultimately though, no matter how much childhood love I had for the blue box. The bunny tastes better… Even if it is triple the price :(



Parmigiano Reggiano

TheFoodAss | General | Saturday, November 18th, 2006

I hadn’t had Parmigiano Reggiano in a while. Man it is completely magical.
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Bought it from Martha’s Vinyard here in Grand Rapids. Made from milk, no High Fructose Partially Hydrasstatated random anti-caking agent what not. So good.



Polydimethylsiloxane Pizza

TheFoodAss | General | Wednesday, November 15th, 2006

A few days ago I was at a restaurant for lunch (The Adobe actually). Sitting in the booth behind me were three gentleman whom I overheard discussing some important food issues. Namely, they were talking about Pizza Hut’s supposed use of a silicone spray in their pizza boxes to prevent grease seepage. They talked about how the amount of silicone that ends up attached to the pie your about to ingest far exceeds the max healthy amount… so on and so forth, covered up memo’s, corporate scams and so on.

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Anyhow.. I take a note to myself, and try googling it a couple days later with limited results. Not much in the way of silicone spray + pizza hut according to google. What I DO find though, is plenty of information on Pizza Hut using silicone.. not in their boxes, but in their “cheese”. A chemical called Polydimethylsiloxane to be exact. From the Wikipedia:

Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) is the most widely used silicon-based organic polymer, and is particularly known for its unusual rheological (or flow) properties. It is optically clear, and is generally considered to be inert, non-toxic and non-flammable. PDMS has been assigned CAS number 63148-62-9, and is occasionally called dimethicone. It is one of several types of silicone oil.

“Gather ‘Round The rubbery, vinegary-smelling silicone caulks, adhesives, and aquarium sealants stuff” 

Ok whatever, I found this excerpt from the Wiki pretty solid as well:

Many people are indirectly familiar with PDMS because it is the primary component in Silly Putty, to which PDMS imparts its characteristic viscoelastic properties. The rubbery, vinegary-smelling silicone caulks, adhesives, and aquarium sealants are also well-known. PDMS is also used as a component in silicone grease and other silicone based lubricants, as well as in defoaming agents, damping fluids, heat transfer fluids, cosmetics, hair conditioner and other applications. PDMS has also been used as a filler fluid in breast implants, although this practice has decreased somewhat, due to safety concerns. It continues to be used in knuckle replacement implants, with good results.

That kinda sucks huh? Believed to be unsafe for use in boobies, but perfectly fine to eat? Doubt it. So a little more research brings up this crazy PDF newsletter, from The Milkweed, “dairy’s best marketing and insight”. Published in Wisconsin, you know, so they know cheese I’d assume. From the Milkweek Jan 06 newsletter regarding Polydimethylsiloxane as an emulsifer in Pizza Hut cheese:

A call to Dow-Corning headquarters in Midland,
Michigan yielded the statement that no Dow
products complied with GRAS. However, information
faxed by a Dow-Corning representative stated:
“Dow-Corning Antifoam FG 10 complies with FDA
regulation 21 CFR.173.310, which covers secondary
direct food additives used as defoaming agents
and allows concentration of up to 10 parts per million
active silicone (Polydimethylsiloxane) in non
standardized foods.” Section 173.310 is limited to
boiler water additives in food processing plants
and has nothing to do with cheese or cheese-type
products that a consumer might ingest.

At this point I start to get confused. I suck at science, and big words stress me out. Ultimately though, why risk it? It has been proven like 10 zillion times that the corporates dont give a crap for who they hurt, unless they are shareholders. It isn’t like there are not 10,000 way better local pizza places that use cheese made entirely from cows anway. The FDA says the crap doesnt conform to regulations (and even the stuff that does… ahem, aspartame, is pretty scary). Eat real cheese, real pizza, love cows. Done.

(And they prolly spray their boxes with the stuff too. Serious looking guys in booth’s at the Adobe dont lie!)



Woodchuck Hard Cider

TheFoodAss | Grocery Reviews, General | Tuesday, November 14th, 2006

I’m a huge fan of hard ciders. Strongbow, K and Woodchuck being my top three (and most readily accessible around here). This batch of Woodchuck was unusually sweet tasting compared to the others I have consumed. Good though.

Woodchuck is perfect in the late autumn/early winter. You know, around a bonfire or something of that nature. It is too cold here for Bonfires now… so, well, it’s good in the kitchen, or sitting at your desk, or on the couch too.
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