Episode 114: Taste Testers

Monday, November 5, 2018
We discover on this week's episode the origin of the taste tester and their role in keeping important people alive. Also we discuss how their are professional taste testers, also known as organoleptic panels, and non-professional taste testers and how they are used to shape what we eat. Fascinating!

Let's taco 'bout it!

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Let's taco 'bout it!

  • Food Nerd Shoutout: Listener Lauren L. told us that she was excited for the Ergo Spout, especially for the upcoming wide-mouth spout, since her dad is a small dairy farmer. I also reached out to Kate Hansen of Ergo Spout to let her know and she let us know they got the first 3D printed prototype for the the wide-mouth version! Make sure you sign-up for their newsletter
  • Let's Dig into the Kitchen Drawer: Sharon loves this Mercer 4-pocket knife roll for her camp kitchen. She can throw in a couple of knives and other kitchen utensils and it keeps everything together. Sharon's rating: 5 out of 5 stars.

  • Dan requested taste testing when we randomly started talking about taste testing pet food. Yuck!
  • Originally, the cup bearer was in charge of the royal drink. He was very trustworthy and willing to try the different drinks. What about iocaine powder?!? Princess Bride, people! There was also food tasters also that would follow the food around to ensure it wasn't being poisoned.

  • There are currently official taste testers that help people in power--presidents and monarchs--stay safe.
  • Organoleptic taste panels usually consist of professionally-trained people who get educated on how to taste and how to communicate those things they are tasting, smelling, etc.

  • Introducing Interesting Ingredients: As we find out, Winter cannot say Worcestershire Sauce, but it does have quite the history. It's an umami-full sauce that Lea and Perrins created originally by chemists. This is still the most popular Worcestershire sauce.

Run Time: 51 minutes

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