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(Slate)   McDonald's didn't invent the chicken nugget; it was actually created by a Cornell University professor who proposed the idea of a frozen chicken stick...in 1963, almost 18 years before the Golden Arches unveiled their nasty prototype   (slate.com) divider line 118
    More: Interesting, Golden Arches, Mcdonald, Cornell University, Robert C. Baker, Cornell University professor, Michael Pollan, dietary guidelines, fried chickens  
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2012-12-30 11:45:26 PM  
Nugget Man
by Paul & Storm

Robert C. Baker died on a Monday
We all know his work, although few knew his name
A Cornell professor who taught poultry science
Forever enshrined in the poultry Hall of Fame
84 years worth of food innovations:
Chicken dogs, turkey dogs and turkey ham
Beyond them all stands Baker's greatest creation
For Baker begat chicken nuggets for man

O, Nugget Man
O, Nugget Man
Headin' on down to that old Promised Land
Happy the meals all have been since the day
That the Nugget Man came our way

Robert C. Baker, way back in the '50s
Changed the way children and college kids eat
When he invented a way to get breading
To adhere much better to raw chicken meat
His new method led fast food chains in the '80s
To develop and market a new bite-sized snack food
Made from mechanically recovered meat and anti-foaming products
Reconstituted meat slurry and extra chicken skin for its binding properties

O, Nugget Man
O, Nugget Man
Headin' on down to that old Promised Land
Guts, feet and beaks now don't get thrown away
Since the Nugget Man came our way

The King of the Burgers is mourning with Popeye
The Colonel arranged a 21-gun salute
The Church's are silent, but for Wendy's weeping
And Ronald has hung up his big yellow clown suit

Robert C. Baker's last will was specific
That his bones be removed, and he be ground up real fine
And to place his remains into small cardboard coffins
And bury the pieces six at a time

O, Nugget Man
O, Nugget Man
Headin' on down to that old Promised Land
Dipped into his honey-mustard filled grave
We're glad the Nugget Man came our way
We're glad the Nugget Man came our way
 
2012-12-30 11:45:32 PM  
B-but chickens don't have nuggets
 
2012-12-30 11:46:31 PM  

Nuclear Monk: There are a few selected Chik-Fil-A's that are even testing Spicy Bigoted Nuggets, which are pretty good. Though still noticeably devoid of a Hot Mustard option.


I don't know about everywhere else, but the McDs around here no longer offer Hot Mustard.  This has essentially eliminated all of my (admittedly rare) McNugget purchases and caused me sadness.
 
F42
2012-12-30 11:47:15 PM  
Robert C. Baker died on a Monday
We all know his work, although few knew his name
A Cornell professor who taught poultry science
Forever enshrined in the poultry Hall of Fame
84 years worth of food innovations:
Chicken dogs, turkey dogs and turkey ham
Beyond them all stands Baker's greatest creation
For Baker begat chicken nuggets for man

O, Nugget Man
O, Nugget Man
Headin' on down to that old Promised Land
Happy the meals all have been since the day
That the Nugget Man came our way

Robert C. Baker, way back in the '50s
Changed the way children and college kids eat
When he invented a way to get breading
To adhere much better to raw chicken meat
His new method led fast food chains in the '80s
To develop and market a new bite-sized snack food
Made from mechanically recovered meat and anti-foaming products
Reconstituted meat slurry and extra chicken skin for its binding properties
 
2012-12-30 11:47:39 PM  
Balls!
 
F42
2012-12-30 11:48:22 PM  

jw1776: Nugget Man
by Paul & Storm


Should have seen that before posting.
 
2012-12-30 11:49:16 PM  

Relatively Obscure: Nuclear Monk: There are a few selected Chik-Fil-A's that are even testing Spicy Bigoted Nuggets, which are pretty good. Though still noticeably devoid of a Hot Mustard option.

I don't know about everywhere else, but the McDs around here no longer offer Hot Mustard.  This has essentially eliminated all of my (admittedly rare) McNugget purchases and caused me sadness.


Thanks for starting off my New Year with the sudden urge to hoard. Much obliged...
 
2012-12-30 11:50:41 PM  
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/oblig
 
2012-12-30 11:58:24 PM  
 
2012-12-31 12:01:29 AM  
Every time I have eaten Mcnuggets, half an hour later I got the runs.
 
2012-12-31 12:02:32 AM  

Gyrfalcon: TeddyRooseveltsMustache: I'd rather hear about the guy who first thought of frozen pizza.

I bet it was a frat boy. It's got all the classic signs:
1. Leftover pizza
2. Freezer

He usually put it into the fridge, but late one drunk night he missed and it got tossed into the freezer instead. Next morning...Dude! what should I do? Hungover roommate: Just throw it in the toaster oven and stop yelling! One thawed pizza later, a meal was born.


I like the way you think. Favorited.
 
2012-12-31 12:03:39 AM  
Now you think Ronald McDonald gonna go down that basement and say, "Hey, Mr Nugget. You the bomb. We selling chicken faster than you can tear the bone out. So I'm a write my clowny-arm name on this fat-amp check for you." ... Man, the neighbor who invented them things still working in the basement for regular wage thinking of some splints to make the fries taste better.
 
2012-12-31 12:04:13 AM  

TeddyRooseveltsMustache: I'd rather hear about the guy who first thought of frozen pizza strung up by his heels and gutted.


ftfy
 
2012-12-31 12:04:16 AM  

doglover: McNuggets are hands down the best chicken nugget I've ever experienced, on average.

Sure, you can find the occasional nuggets that beat them here or there, but those places are never chains. Most of the time what you get is equal or inferior.

So totaling it up, the McNugget is always a safe bet.


So you're saying that there are better (and worse) places than McDonalds, but since they're not chains, they don't really count. Got it, thanks.
 
2012-12-31 12:06:17 AM  

jw1776: Quick link to song Link


Came to find this, leaving satisfied.
 
2012-12-31 12:06:57 AM  
McNuggets are only vehicles for Hot Mustard sauce.
 
2012-12-31 12:11:33 AM  
McNuggets? I can take them or leave them. The McRib on the other hand? The guy who invented that monstrosity should DIAF.
 
2012-12-31 12:13:55 AM  

Temescal: Just so it's clear, I have NEVER been under the impression that McDonald's had invented chicken nuggets. I'm not sure the "myth" you're trying to dispel is even a myth at all, Submitter.


THIS.

Maybe submitter also thinks Col Sanders invented Fried Chicken, or Mr. Arby invented the Roast Beef Sandwich. LEt's not forget that Starbuck fella from Battlestar Galactica invented coffee!

Some people need to get out of their basement.
 
2012-12-31 12:13:57 AM  
Meh. A poultry plant I worked for in the 70s ground up chicken backs, feet and heads to be processed into baby food, weiners and chicken "cutlettes".

Turkey livers were frozen and shipped to France to be turned into some kind of pate.
 
2012-12-31 12:23:45 AM  
chicken nuggets are an abomination
 
2012-12-31 12:27:03 AM  
We still get hot mustard sauce up here. I would drink that shiat through a straw if it was a bit more socially acceptable.

Goes well on mc chickens, too
 
2012-12-31 12:28:07 AM  
The last batch of McNuggets I had, one of them had a piece of bone in it. I guess they don't make them out of pink mush anymore.
 
2012-12-31 12:35:54 AM  

mechgreg:


Came for this. Thnx.
 
2012-12-31 12:37:46 AM  
s3-ec.buzzfed.com
 
2012-12-31 12:46:37 AM  

NephilimNexus: [s3-ec.buzzfed.com image 600x1172]


I see my work here is already done. Carry on.
 
2012-12-31 12:46:55 AM  
chicken nuggets are a terrible frankenfood developed only a short while ago. We must ban this monstrosity. Never before have lower grade parts of meat been combined to create a food.
www.stonehillwinery.com

oh wait
 
2012-12-31 12:47:48 AM  
meh.
If i had a Chick Fil A next door and a McDonalds 2 miles down the street, id STILL go to the McDonalds.
Love their Fries. Love their Nuggets. and yes. i even like the McRib.


/And i could give a Flying Farmer WHO invented the Nugget.
 
2012-12-31 12:52:33 AM  
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2012-12-31 12:52:39 AM  
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No No No No No No No. They have the McNugget, we've got the McNOUgat....do you understand Akeem?
 
2012-12-31 12:55:46 AM  
natural flavor (plant source) with extractives of paprika. Fried in vegetable oil (Canola oil, corn oil, soybean oil, hydrogenated soybean oil with TBHQ and citric acid). Dimethylpolysiloxane is added as an antifoaming agent.


They are willing to name all the other ingredients, but for some reason the "natural flavor (plant source)" MUST remain an unnamed mystery?

Also..Dimethylpolysiloxane is added as an antifoaming agent.

So - if they did not add this, the nuggets would foam? Foamy Nuggets would be a... no, it would be a horrible band name. Nevermind.
 
2012-12-31 01:05:31 AM  

willfullyobscure: Croquettes have been a standard recipe since the 1800's. this is total bullshiat. Supposed to make them with two spoons. Maccas just makes them with giant factories.

I make "chicken nuggets" at home once or twice a month, it's not brain science


Is that the combination of brain surgery and rocket science? Like Brains being rocket propelled through space (and time). Or did you just fark up and combine the two on accident?
 
2012-12-31 01:11:28 AM  

Nuclear Monk: gimmegimme: Nuclear Monk: Lsherm: doglover: McNuggets are hands down the best chicken nugget I've ever experienced, on average.

Sure, you can find the occasional nuggets that beat them here or there, but those places are never chains. Most of the time what you get is equal or inferior.

So totaling it up, the McNugget is always a safe bet.

Chik-Fil-A's nuggets are far, far better than McDonald's, and they're a chain.  Nothing but real breast meat breaded and fried, not that goop inside a McNugget.

Ah, but Chik-Fil-A's nuggets do not come with Hot Mustard, so they are unfortunately disqualified from being considered.

True, but Chik-Fil-A's nuggets are also served with a side of anti-gay sentiment, just like Jesus wanted.

There are a few selected Chik-Fil-A's that are even testing Spicy Bigoted Nuggets, which are pretty good. Though still noticeably devoid of a Hot Mustard option.


Maybe you and gimmegimme can open a chain that adds a bigot burger to the menu. It would be fecal matter and you could call it the fabulous burger, pretending that it's something else. Maybe you could offer a NAMBLA and buttless chaps discount on pride days.
 
2012-12-31 01:17:27 AM  
Nor is it rocket surgery
 
2012-12-31 01:49:59 AM  

Salmon: Nor is it rocket surgery


I saw that once. Well, it was more like torpedo surgery, but the fundementals are the same. Some Starfleet doctor did it once. Nice fellow, but he killed his father...
 
2012-12-31 02:00:31 AM  
For my nugget money, it goes Zaxby's, then Bigot-Fil-A, then McDonald's.

But yeah, I don't think McDonald's ever claimed to have invented a breaded and fried piece of boneless chicken used for dipping.
 
2012-12-31 02:05:37 AM  

Temescal: Just so it's clear, I have NEVER been under the impression that McDonald's had invented chicken nuggets. I'm not sure the "myth" you're trying to dispel is even a myth at all, Submitter.


Maybe it's a double-cross. Perhaps by posting about the myth, Subby is hoping to create the myth?

Submittard, fess up. Do you work for McDonalds' PR firm? ;-)
 
2012-12-31 02:08:04 AM  

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: For my nugget money, it goes Zaxby's, then Bigot-Fil-A, then McDonald's.

But yeah, I don't think McDonald's ever claimed to have invented a breaded and fried piece of boneless chicken used for dipping.


I don't know what it is about Zaxby's -- I most recently had them yesterday -- but they do not know how to farking cook real chicken. Chicken strips, sure, but anything with the bone in they cook until the meat is so dry it could double as leather. I don't usually use much sauce on wings, but with Zaxby's there's no farking choice if you don't want it to stick halfway down your throat.
 
2012-12-31 02:13:03 AM  
Having long since evolved into a sommelier of chicken nuggets from both McDonalds and Chick-fil-bigot, I can say they both have good and bad aspects.

Chick-fil-a nuggets have some texture reminiscent of chicken, and taste like a fried bit of chicken. Unfortunately, they are ridiculously overpriced and pair with nothing else on the menu--waffle fries suck!

McDonalds nuggets, meanwhile, taste a touch sweet, have a pleasing mouth feel, and are generally awesome with their fries. What they lack is crispness in the breading, and the "pink slime" stigma will stick around for a while. Plus, $4.99 for twenty nuggets and another $1 for all-you-can-drink diabetes? Hell yes.

McD's sweet and sour sauce is so much tastier than CFA's Polynesian sauce, too.
 
2012-12-31 02:28:06 AM  

namegoeshere: Yes, we here in CNY know this.


...anyone who's ever listened to Paul & Storm knows this.
 
2012-12-31 02:29:07 AM  

PhiloeBedoe: Besides, McNuggets are nothing more than a sauce conveyance vector...


...which is similar to my complaint about barbecue. If you have to hide the fact that your meat is nasty or you cooked it to brick form under even nastier sauces, I'm out.
 
2012-12-31 02:35:35 AM  

IlGreven: PhiloeBedoe: Besides, McNuggets are nothing more than a sauce conveyance vector...

...which is similar to my complaint about barbecue. If you have to hide the fact that your meat is nasty or you cooked it to brick form under even nastier sauces, I'm out.


Proper barbecue is about the meat. Texas' brisket, when done right, is so moist and succulent that it falls apart in your mouth. I'm no fan of ribs though--that much work for so little meat is just offensive to my sensibilities.
 
2012-12-31 02:40:00 AM  
TFA might have it right about who created the McNugget, but my reprobate friends and I still get credit for inventing "how to be complete asshats by ordering McNuggets at Burger King" shortly after their introduction.
 
2012-12-31 02:43:37 AM  

IlGreven: PhiloeBedoe: Besides, McNuggets are nothing more than a sauce conveyance vector...

...which is similar to my complaint about barbecue. If you have to hide the fact that your meat is nasty or you cooked it to brick form under even nastier sauces, I'm out.


Where the hell have you been eating barbecue?
 
2012-12-31 02:47:33 AM  
I think I have this mcnugget thing figured out, but I still don't understand why popcorn chicken don't taste like popcorn
 
2012-12-31 03:03:59 AM  

Popcorn Johnny: Wendy's makes good nuggets.


I thought the same thing until May of 2000. Put me in the hospital with food poisoning.
 
2012-12-31 03:05:22 AM  

rockforever: Is that the combination of brain surgery and rocket science?


Yes, that is the joke.
 
2012-12-31 03:14:13 AM  
I invented human nuggets back in the 70's. They wouldn't let me get a patent on it though.  *shrug*
 
2012-12-31 03:18:34 AM  
I like them French fried potaters.
 
2012-12-31 03:32:47 AM  
I've been through the Advance Foods plant in OK where they make McNuggets for the Mid and Southwest. Taste testing was great. The key to McNuggets (and many other chicken items) is mechanically separated chicken (MSC). Chicken carcasses are blasted with high pressure water which removes all the remaining meat and other tissue from the bones. Current market price for MSC last week was around $200 for a 2000 lb combo box. You can make a lot of 20 piece boxes with one MSC combo. Same thing with mechanically separated turkey (MST). Turkey usually goes into hotdogs and other spiced foods to cover the turkey flavor. MST is around $150/2000 lbs which is why you will always find it in hotdogs and other formed foods labels.
 
2012-12-31 04:26:25 AM  

Maybe you should drive: McNuggets? I can take them or leave them. The McRib on the other hand? The guy who invented that monstrosity should DIAF.


The McRib is the best sandwich ever invented.
 
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