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What Would French Fries Taste Like If You Made Them On Jupiter?

Unknown Lamer posted about 7 months ago | from the crispy-with-a-hint-of-gamma-radiation dept.

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sciencehabit writes "Hoping that studying deep frying in different gravitational conditions will help them improve space food for future astronauts, scientists with the European Space Agency chopped potatoes into thin sticks and deep fried them in extra-virgin olive oil, one side at a time, in a spinning centrifuge that created conditions of up to nine times Earth's gravity, akin to that seen on Jupiter. Higher gravity levels significantly increased the heat transfer between the hot oil and the potato, shortening frying time and resulting in thick, crispy crusts, the team reports. In fact, the scientists may have discovered the ideal gravitational condition for creating crunchy fries: The crust reached its maximum thickness when the potato was fried at three times Earth's gravity; any further increase in gravity levels did not improve the fries' crispiness."

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So, next piece of equipment for molecular gastrono (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45825319)

Would be a centrifugal force deep fryer.

Re:So, next piece of equipment for molecular gastr (5, Funny)

DexterIsADog (2954149) | about 7 months ago | (#45825327)

Whirling hot oil around at high speed, in a kitchen.

What could go wrong?

Re:So, next piece of equipment for molecular gastr (3, Insightful)

narcc (412956) | about 7 months ago | (#45825409)

What could go wrong?

I suspect that we'll read about more than one actualized possibility over the next few weeks.

Re:So, next piece of equipment for molecular gastr (3, Funny)

Cryacin (657549) | about 7 months ago | (#45825653)

Eat that Heston Blumenthal!

Re:So, next piece of equipment for molecular gastr (4, Insightful)

roc97007 (608802) | about 7 months ago | (#45825413)

Whirling hot oil around at high speed, in a kitchen.

What could go wrong?

But you know, the same people who deep fry turkeys would try this.

Re:So, next piece of equipment for molecular gastr (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45825515)

Billions of humans on planet Earth, most of whom cook. Oh, there will be plenty of centrifugal cookers out there soon. In fact, there might already be a patent on the idea. Honestly, I don't know why someone hasn't thought of it yet! Doh!

Note: Yes, there are used vegetable oil separators and reclaimer machines. Not the same thing!

Re:So, next piece of equipment for molecular gastr (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45826225)

Samsung apologist would argue that you can't patent gravity.

Re:So, next piece of equipment for molecular gastr (5, Funny)

The Grim Reefer (1162755) | about 7 months ago | (#45825765)

Whirling hot oil around at high speed, in a kitchen. What could go wrong?

Can't wait to see how someone's frozen turkey will turn out in one of these next Thanksgiving. It'll be like an angry birds reality show.

Re:So, next piece of equipment for molecular gastr (2)

bill_mcgonigle (4333) | about 7 months ago | (#45825979)

I'm eagerly awaiting Alton Brown's commandeering of a playground roundabout [wikipedia.org] with deep fryers lashed to the bars and an '01 Kia minivan's power wheel providing the input power.

But how to distribute the AC power - rotors and brushes?

Re:So, next piece of equipment for molecular gastr (1)

bill_mcgonigle (4333) | about 7 months ago | (#45826027)

But how to distribute the AC power - rotors and brushes?

Scratch that - Tesla wireless power distribution. The image of AB standing in front of this thing with lightning bolts emanating from the top while it spins with hot oil frying french fries is something I'd put on continuous loop for a daily moment of Zen.

Re:So, next piece of equipment for molecular gastr (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45826297)

Bolt a generator to the roundabout.

Re:So, next piece of equipment for molecular gastr (1)

Firethorn (177587) | about 7 months ago | (#45826667)

That would make starting your charcoal with liquid oxygen seem passe, I'm sure.

Whirling hot oil around artificial lightning? Sign me up, just from a couple hundred yards away.

Re:So, next piece of equipment for molecular gastr (2)

SuricouRaven (1897204) | about 7 months ago | (#45827067)

Don't. You can get gas-powered friers. Use those, put a canister of propane in the middle.

Then turn it on by remote control from a safe distance. Such that you have to watch it through a telescope.

Obvious proof... (4, Funny)

stox (131684) | about 7 months ago | (#45825325)

French fries did not originate on Earth, but were brought here by benevolent Aliens in the past.

I, for one, would welcome the return of out benefactors!

Re:Obvious proof... (5, Funny)

Thomas Miconi (85282) | about 7 months ago | (#45825465)

all these worlds
are yours except
europa
build no
macdonald's there
fry them in butter
fry them in grease
just don't dunk them in goddamn mayo
or else

Re:Obvious proof... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45826003)

Just +10000000000 geek points. Goddamn yes.

Re:Obvious proof... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45826849)

Macdonald's is the Scottish McDonald's.

Re:Obvious proof... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45825531)

No.

French fries were an attempt to get all of humanity out of shape so that invasion would be much easier. I saw thr- *wiping grease off my fingers* *looking out the window* what's ... that...

Re:Obvious proof... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45825593)

Surely your time could be better spent with Suri?

Re: Obvious proof... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45825601)

I believe they evolved in a God directed manner, similar to the way that Mitch McConnel's ancestors were coaxed up out of the slime and their shells to form the leadership of the Charimatic religious right.

Re:Obvious proof... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45825649)

By benevolent Aliens, or greedy cardiologists?

Re:Obvious proof... (1)

garyoa1 (2067072) | about 7 months ago | (#45826687)

French fries and benevolent don't really seem to go together.

Ig Nobel Prize? (4, Insightful)

bunyip (17018) | about 7 months ago | (#45825335)

Surely this research is a leading candidate!

Re:Ig Nobel Prize? (2)

GumphMaster (772693) | about 7 months ago | (#45826105)

Up there with belly button fluff studies IMHO

Am I the only one thinking of building this? (3, Funny)

raymorris (2726007) | about 7 months ago | (#45825355)

Am I the only Slashdotter thinking of trying this? The clothes washer on spin would be too big. Maybe put a faster motor on my ice cream maker and pour in some hot oil...

Re:Am I the only one thinking of building this? (4, Funny)

roc97007 (608802) | about 7 months ago | (#45825407)

Am I the only Slashdotter thinking of trying this? The clothes washer on spin would be too big. Maybe put a faster motor on my ice cream maker and pour in some hot oil...

Be sure to film it. This has the makings of a youtube favorite.

Re:Am I the only one thinking of building this? (1)

narcc (412956) | about 7 months ago | (#45825435)

After reading the Darwin-bait summary? Don't worry, I'm certain you're not alone.

Re:Am I the only one thinking of building this? (1)

NIK282000 (737852) | about 7 months ago | (#45825647)

I was thinking of spinning a bunt cake pan with a rolled over lip over/with and induction heater to make a micro gravity friendly cook top. With a shallow lip you can do bacon, with a deep lip you could do soup.

Re:Am I the only one thinking of building this? (2)

aztracker1 (702135) | about 7 months ago | (#45826671)

I was thinking it wouldn't be too difficult with a pressure fryer [wikipedia.org] ... For that matter, better use lard or beef tallow (beef lard).

Re:Am I the only one thinking of building this? (3, Informative)

nitehawk214 (222219) | about 7 months ago | (#45826873)

I enjoy that most of the Wiki article on pressure frying basically is trying to state, "For fuck's sake, don't try this at home."

Jupiter Fries (3, Interesting)

RandomUsername99 (574692) | about 7 months ago | (#45825365)

So at work, they've got a food stand outside that does made-to-order liquid nitrogen ice cream. I think that a "Jupiter Fries" truck would fit in quite nicely.

Re:Jupiter Fries (1)

gordo3000 (785698) | about 7 months ago | (#45825389)

where do you work that has something that cool outside? That has to be a hit, especially on bring your kid to work day.

Re:Jupiter Fries (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45825967)

The GAP?

At first I was going to say... (1)

roc97007 (608802) | about 7 months ago | (#45825399)

...someone has way too much free time. But then, I thought. Extra crispy fries. Mmmmm.... I'm sorry, what was I saying?

No Idea (2)

tpstigers (1075021) | about 7 months ago | (#45825411)

I'd be busy having the life squeezed out of me by the gravity.

deep frying cures all ills... (2)

turkeydance (1266624) | about 7 months ago | (#45825431)

even those you don't know about.

Flavor Crunchiness (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45825455)

If watching astronauts on YouTube are telling the truth, then getting them to be able to taste flavors other than spicy would seem to be more important than texture.

Jupiter is 9? (5, Informative)

Wolfger (96957) | about 7 months ago | (#45825467)

Every source I've found says it's 2.53, where did these people come up with 9? Nonetheless, I am looking forward to trying some high-gravity fries. Sounds delicious.

Re:Jupiter is 9? (4, Informative)

Dahamma (304068) | about 7 months ago | (#45825991)

Not only are you correct, but TFA didn't even mention Jupiter. The submitter made that part up and got it completely wrong...

Re:Jupiter is 9? (2)

slew (2918) | about 7 months ago | (#45826603)

Perhaps someone thought that since Jupiter's diameter is about 10x earth, it would have 10x the gravity?

Given g = G*m*(M/r^2)

If somehow the density of Jupiter was similar to earth...

Me = De*4*pi*re^3
Mj = De*4*pi*rj^3

The force of gravity experienced by a mass at the surface would be...

ge = G*m*(Me/re^2) = G*m*(De*4*pi*re/3)
gj = G*m*(Mj/rj^2) = G*m*(De*4*pi*rj/3) (proportional to the radius or diameter)

But of course, Jupiter is much less dense than the earth, so that analysis is totally bogus...

Re:Jupiter is 9? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45826941)

Simple dimensional analysis woulda done.. the 4/3rds etc isn't important for what you're trying to say.. :P

Re:Jupiter is 9? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45826057)

doesn't matter. slashdot is full of stupid obamasuckers these days.
stupid fucks. that's what they are.

Uh... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45825511)

Well, *THAT* was a headline I can safely say I didn't expect to see today... Has a weird charm in that it is a question I can say with absolutely certainty I have never once wondered about or asked, even to myself, in my entire life.

Another variable to consider (3, Insightful)

techno-vampire (666512) | about 7 months ago | (#45825533)

Deep frying, of course, is quite literally boiling in oil. As the boiling point is dependent on the pressure, they might want to consider putting the fryer in a pressure vessel that can handle several atmospheres. (No, I don't think a broaster is built for that.) Of course, that may well take the boiling point above the smoke point, so you may want to fill the container with nitrogen or possibly carbon dioxide.

that was KFC's innovation, Colonel Sanders secret (4, Interesting)

raymorris (2726007) | about 7 months ago | (#45825605)

That's a good idea. So good that you could make millions of dollars from it, like Colonel Sanders did.

Re:that was KFC's innovation, Colonel Sanders secr (2)

mirix (1649853) | about 7 months ago | (#45826185)

Sanders' isn't a deep fryer though, or at least it wasn't. The whole point is he didn't want the chicken to be deep fried, but pan fried (which was too bloody slow)... Hence the compromise of pressure-pan frying.

Never worked at a KFC, so I'm googling it, and it sure looks like a deep fryer, though...

Henny Penny brand pressure deep fryer. moisture (1)

raymorris (2726007) | about 7 months ago | (#45826401)

I'm pretty sure they use Henny Penny fryersm

http://www.hennypenny.com/products/frying/pressure-fryers/ [hennypenny.com]

The problem with open deep frying is that as the moisture within the meat boils, it bursts out as little steam explosions popping through the coating. Sealing the deep fryer to create pressure keeps the moisture inside. Because the steam doesn't escape in a pressure fryer, the hot steam goes into the meat, cooking the center more quickly.

Re:Henny Penny brand pressure deep fryer. moisture (1)

El Puerco Loco (31491) | about 7 months ago | (#45826765)

The steam still comes out of the chicken. What do you think creates the pressure? The pressure raises the boiling point of water, just like in a regular pressure cooker. The chicken, being mostly water, reaches a higher internal temperature than it would without being pressurized, making the meat more tender.

Re:Another variable to consider (2)

mirix (1649853) | about 7 months ago | (#45826257)

The oil isn't boiling though, is it? Doesn't oil smoke before it boils... at least at 1 atm? Since it is hotter than 100C, anything with water in it (say food) added to the fryer 'boils' instantly though.

Since the oil is already much hotter than water's boiling point, I don't see any advantage to increasing the pressure? Except keeping the boiling water in the food item a tad longer, I guess...?

Re:Another variable to consider (1)

adolf (21054) | about 7 months ago | (#45826863)

Spoken as someone who has never, ever deep-fried anything.

Remember, kids, cooking oil does not boil at the temperatures used for deep frying.

Harumph. (3, Insightful)

ApplePy (2703131) | about 7 months ago | (#45825535)

Fat lot of good it does if you can't *grow* potatoes in 9x Earth gravity.

If they can grow potatoes in their centrifuge... then we have a useful study. :)

Re:Harumph. (2)

rossdee (243626) | about 7 months ago | (#45825597)

I guess you import the potatoes from Earth.
You can synthesize the oil from the Jovian atmosphere.
But its gonna be expensive just to get there yourself.

Next up, how to cook a burger on Venus...
(oh wait, its already cooked, and so are you)

Re:Harumph. (3, Informative)

FatLittleMonkey (1341387) | about 7 months ago | (#45825919)

Next up, how to cook a burger on Venus...

Actually, Venus is better for roasting. The sulphuric acid helps tenderise the meat. You can customise the temperature by floating the meat at a specific altitude. Diners themselves float at about 55km.

(Mercury is for burgers.)

Re:Harumph. (3, Informative)

Dahamma (304068) | about 7 months ago | (#45826033)

Well, when reading TFA my first question was "why bother frying the fries anyway, why not just bake them!?"

But that's because the article had absolutely ZERO to do with cooking fries on Jupiter. Jupiter is completely inhospitable to human life and there would be no reason to have humans live on the surface. Jupiter isn't even mentioned in the article, that was a stupid (and incorrect) addition by the submitter.

The ACTUAL point of the study was that cooking in *zero* gravity brings up a bunch of challenges (ie. cooking with oil in zero G!) so they wanted to figure out what levels of artificial gravity would be acceptable/ideal for deep frying.

Olive oil? (5, Informative)

sochdot (864131) | about 7 months ago | (#45825549)

I would think olive oil a poor choice for making french fries. In general, olive oil has too low of a smoke point; it just doesn't get hot enough to fry things well. Maybe the increased pressure made a lower oil temp better? I was always taught to use olive oil as a flavoring on pastas, salads, bread, etc. but never for actual hot-oil-cooking.

Re:Olive oil? (1)

o_ferguson (836655) | about 7 months ago | (#45825581)

I was just about to post the same thing. Stupid scientists. Use tallow FFS!

Re:Olive oil? (2)

DerekLyons (302214) | about 7 months ago | (#45825663)

I was always taught to use olive oil as a flavoring on pastas, salads, bread, etc. but never for actual hot-oil-cooking.

Then you weren't taught very well as olive oil is routinely used for for sauteing. A mixture of olive oil and butter (both low temperature oils) is commonly used in classical French cuisine.

Re:Olive oil? (2)

ebno-10db (1459097) | about 7 months ago | (#45825809)

That may be, but if you want truly great fries use suet. It may kill you, but at least you'll die happy.

Re:Olive oil? (1)

bill_mcgonigle (4333) | about 7 months ago | (#45825999)

That may be, but if you want truly great fries use suet. It may kill you, but at least you'll die happy.

Saturated fats won't kill you - omega 6's and hydrogenated vegetable oils will. Full disclosure: I've recently started rendering my own lard from fatback with crockpots. The home-made Bisquick substitute makes better 5-minute biscuits than the factory stuff.

Re:Olive oil? (1)

bill_mcgonigle (4333) | about 7 months ago | (#45826015)

Then you weren't taught very well as olive oil is routinely used for for sauteing.

Oilve oil is terrific for sauteing, but French fries aren't sauteed, they're deep-fat fried. The temps are higher, which informs your choice of oils (especially if your tolerances aren't very tight).

Re: Olive oil? (1)

O('_')O_Bush (1162487) | about 7 months ago | (#45826237)

Sauteing is (relatively) low temperature oil cooking. That is, around 150C, vs frying which is usually around 210-230C depending on what it is.

Re: Olive oil? (2)

DerekLyons (302214) | about 7 months ago | (#45826323)

Sauteing is (relatively) low temperature oil cooking. That is, around 150C, vs frying which is usually around 210-230C depending on what it is.

Um, no. Like the OP, you're badly misinformed about cooking techniques. French fries cook at around 150-175C, as do other items. Frying temperatures range widely depending on the food being cooked.

Re:Olive oil? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45825677)

agreed. I would give you mod points if I had them.

Extra virgin olive oil is a terrible choice. Light olive oil might be OK but extra virgin has a super low smoke point making it unsuitable for deep-frying.

Re:Olive oil? (2, Informative)

benlwilson (983210) | about 7 months ago | (#45825823)

It's a complete myth that olive oil has a smoke point too low to fry with.

The smoke point of oils varies by oil type and by how refined it is
Here's some examples of oils people use for deep frying.
  - Canola oil 190 - 204C (375 - 475F)
  - Sunflower oil 107 - 232C (225 - 450F)
  - Peanut oil 232C (450F)
  - Tallow 215C (420F)

And here is olive oils..
- Extra virgin olive oil 191C (375F)
- Extra light olive oil 242C (468F)

Normally you deep fry stuff around 175C (350F) which is fine for all types of olive oil.
It's best to use light olive oil if you're deep frying in a saucepan rather than
a proper deep fryer because you have less temp control on a saucepan and light olive gives
you more leeway.

As far as starting a fire goes, It's more risky to deep fry using canola or sunflower oil rather than olive.
The main reasons not to deep fry with olive is
- It's expensive
- It can sometimes leave an aftertaste on the food.

It is however much healthyer

Re:Olive oil? (1)

locrien (865888) | about 7 months ago | (#45826309)

Olive oil will bitter and smoke at a lower temperature even if it does not reach combustion.

Flash point is a reference to the temperate at which an oil can vaporize and BECOME combustible.

This is not auto ignition temperature.

Re:Olive oil? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45825867)

I am french-canadien. Pass le gravy et la cheese eh!

Re:Olive oil? (1)

Pokey.Clyde (1322667) | about 7 months ago | (#45826373)

I would think olive oil a poor choice for making french fries. In general, olive oil has too low of a smoke point; it just doesn't get hot enough to fry things well. Maybe the increased pressure made a lower oil temp better? I was always taught to use olive oil as a flavoring on pastas, salads, bread, etc. but never for actual hot-oil-cooking.

It is a poor choice. Best I've found that is readily available is peanut oil. Of course, if you can find it, you could use what McDonalds used to cook their fries in and use beef tallow.

Re:Olive oil? (1)

n3r0.m4dski11z (447312) | about 7 months ago | (#45826959)

Bake the fries. Never had olive oil coated fries smoking in my oven. Much healthier. There is a reason to pay good money for good oils. One of the worlds oldest cultivated crops can't be wrong!

"extra-virgin olive oil"? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45825595)

Who the hell makes french fries with olive oil?

Uh (1)

maz2331 (1104901) | about 7 months ago | (#45825607)

You can't fry anything on Jupiter. It doesn't have a solid surface to stand on.

Hydrogenated (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45825609)

That's my answer to the question, "What would French fries taste like if you made them on Jupiter?" Since the atmosphere there is 90% hydrogen.

But... (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45825613)

What would French fries taste like if you made them on Uranus.

Re:But... (2)

Tablizer (95088) | about 7 months ago | (#45826211)

And are onion rings better on Saturn?

Re:But... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45827151)

What would French fries taste like if you made them on Uranus.

they would taste exactly like they do on earth... like shit

OK, I'll say it (3, Funny)

symbolset (646467) | about 7 months ago | (#45825623)

If ever there was an article begging for a "hot oil on Uranus" comment, this is it.

Re:OK, I'll say it (1)

symbolset (646467) | about 7 months ago | (#45826607)

Somebody had to say it. I'm not sorry. Nerds are geeks. We are also sophomoric.

A centrifuge full of boiling oil terrifies me. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45825679)

A centrifuge full of boiling oil terrifies me.

Houston... (1)

the_skywise (189793) | about 7 months ago | (#45825727)

I have a bad feeling about this...

OMG.... (1)

PortHaven (242123) | about 7 months ago | (#45825739)

I'm creating a fast food joint that just sells centrifuged french fries. This is AWESOME!!!!

A technical question (1)

O'Bunny (325700) | about 7 months ago | (#45825835)

So, what would be the optimal gravity for sweet-potato fries?

Re:A technical question (3, Interesting)

mysidia (191772) | about 7 months ago | (#45826005)

Gravity so strong that it collapses into a singularity, the sweet-potato fries get sucked in, and ordinary non-sweet potato fries are ejected from the fryer, fully done.

That's cool, but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45825941)

It doesn't really tell us what they "taste" like.

I'm guessing snozzberries.

Chicken (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45825983)

Same as a gay Frenchman or Barak Obama on Mars.

Ridiculous question.

They would taste like Giuliani (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45826017)

Did you ever notice how the taste of fries improved after Dinkins?
You New Yorkers now have bloomberg. -- GOOD GOD! You can't even wash your fries down with a big gulp.
Obama is going away and Bloomberg doesn't have enough money to keep buying elections.
Giuliani time. that is what is coming. Somebody just like him going to be beating some deadbeat ass real soon.

Re:They would taste like Giuliani (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45826093)

I guess you haven't heard. New Yorkers have elected a guy named de Blasio. He's not like Giuliani at all.

Or, you know.... (2)

jcr (53032) | about 7 months ago | (#45826043)

You could just use higher pressure.

-jcr

Re:Or, you know.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45826277)

Oh, I'm sure you'd find something in that process that's too much like socialism.

You're Jovian (1)

Ukab the Great (87152) | about 7 months ago | (#45826097)

Fry something.

What Would French Fries Taste Like... (2)

The Grim Reefer (1162755) | about 7 months ago | (#45826125)

...If you made them on Jupiter?

I suppose we can assume that there is somehow a way to remain on the "surface" of the atmosphere, since Jupiter obviously has no surface that we could build anything to withstand the pressures of. And overcome the issues with the 400 mph upper atmospheric wind speed. For the purpose of weight savings, we can also assume that the fryer will not be made of stainless steel like a normal fryer would be. This is also a good thing as the magnetic field at this distance is estimated to be at around 1 Tesla. It's probably still going to cause all kinds of issues.

But the real kicker is the radiation. A person who is exposed to 30 Sv or more in a short period of time will be dead in 24 to 48 hours. Io averages a little over 400Km distance from Jupiter. At that distance you would receive 36 Sv in a single 24 hour period. So the radiation and magnetic field are probably going to play hell with any kind of electronics, or electric heating element. And good luck using gas as an electrical arc will probably cause an oxygen tank to explode. But let's say we somehow find a way to work around all those problems. Just how do we keep the fries from getting cold and mushy in the time it takes to get them to us at our survivable distance from Jupiter? I can barely get fries home from McDonald's w/o my wife telling me I took too long and that the fries are disgusting.

Irony #46 (1)

Tablizer (95088) | about 7 months ago | (#45826183)

If the fries are too tasty, you become Jupiter.

Uh flash point idiots... (1)

locrien (865888) | about 7 months ago | (#45826287)

Every somewhat decent cook knows you don't fry with olive oil.

They call themselves scientists and don't even understand what the flash point of common cooking oils are.

I call shananigans!

Re:Uh flash point idiots... (1)

Firethorn (177587) | about 7 months ago | (#45826743)

Flash point is different than the smoke point. As for the oil used, it might be that they had Italian scientists who LOVE olive oil. Extra virgin oil has a high enough smoke point for *most* frying, though you need to keep good control over the temperature(hmm... I wonder if the scientists were set up to control that...)

As for the probelm with having soggy bottoms, that would be why you'd use a proper fry tray that allows the fries to move around and ensure even cooking.

So will tomorrow's deep friers be centerfuges? (1)

mark-t (151149) | about 7 months ago | (#45826545)

[nt]

What about the gravity (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45826613)

So, if you were theoretically able to build a skybase in the atmosphere like in starwars wouldn't the gravity be 9 times larger in the atmosphere also? Even if you could make the skybase, wouldn't this make it impossible to live on the base even if you could make it float?

Why not . . . (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45826825)

. . . make some healthy food for the astronauts? This is strange research.

No virgins here (1)

skidisk (994551) | about 7 months ago | (#45826841)

The TFA says nothing about the oil other than it was hot, and the words "virgin" and "olive" do not occur anywhere.

And as someone else noted, Jupiter is about 2.5 times Earth's gravity, not 9 as the submitter implies.

Slashdot now runs Enquirer headlines, I guess. Sheesh.

Re:No virgins here (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45827165)

Read the second link the headline points to which is also TFA.

I for one welcome... (1)

valerio (127670) | about 7 months ago | (#45826891)

...our centrifugal frying overlords! CentriFRY 3000
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