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(Lexington Herald Leader)   To appeal to foodie wannabes, fast food chains and industrial food suppliers are engineering new generation of "rustic" pizzas and "hand-sliced" ham, lab-crafted, distressed and machine-cut to look homemade   (kentucky.com) divider line 15
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2013-06-20 03:20:04 AM  
6 votes:
if you want that home made look, it's not farking rocket science to cook your own meat.
2013-06-20 02:55:15 AM  
4 votes:
I think if you care more about how your food looks than how it tastes, you're doing it really wrong.  Unless it looks like vomit.  I've been to a lot of fancy diners where people insist on serving vomit.  That helps no one.  For the record, anything with bits of tofu or couscous looks like vomit.
2013-06-20 02:56:42 AM  
3 votes:

fusillade762: It's one reason why Wendy's softened the edges of its famously square hamburger patties. The Dublin, Ohio-based company says it changed the patty to a "natural square" with wavy edges because tasters said the straight edges looked processed.

Who the fark cares how their hamburger is shaped?


I'm wondering how anyone can think a hamburger *doesn't* look processed.
2013-06-20 06:19:00 AM  
2 votes:

gadian: I think if you care more about how your food looks than how it tastes, you're doing it really wrong.


Never become a chef, ok?
2013-06-20 04:08:39 AM  
2 votes:

UsikFark: illannoyin: 'Foodie wannabes'? You mean people who like food but are too poor to afford artisan foods but would like to?

It's like designer imposter perfume that you can eat.

It's called brand aspiration. Kitchenaid makes good stuff, right? So a company like Kitchenaid produces a couple items that are only sold at Kmart and Target so they can get a slice of lower-income purchasers who don't have $300 for a mixer but might have $20 for a can opener. Likewise, a company that makes $400-1000 purses can sell $60 sunglasses with a huge logo on the temples.
/has a new Kitchenaid manual can opener that is rusting through the chrome finish


Old news.  Back in the sixties, when my mom was working part-time in housewares and appliances at Sears, she learned that Sears' Kenmore stuff was actually made by the big appliance companies and was pretty much the same as those brands.  Back then, at least, every year, Sears would have a bidding contest among appliance manufacturers as to who would make that year's Kenmore stuff.  One year it would be Kitchenaid, the next GE, the next someone else.   The same was true with power tools in hardware and automotive stuff.

About twelve years ago, I had a summer temp job at the Sears.com office in West Des Moines and found it was still the case.
2013-06-20 03:14:43 AM  
2 votes:

illannoyin: 'Foodie wannabes'? You mean people who like food but are too poor to afford artisan foods but would like to?

It's like designer imposter perfume that you can eat.


It's called brand aspiration. Kitchenaid makes good stuff, right? So a company like Kitchenaid produces a couple items that are only sold at Kmart and Target so they can get a slice of lower-income purchasers who don't have $300 for a mixer but might have $20 for a can opener. Likewise, a company that makes $400-1000 purses can sell $60 sunglasses with a huge logo on the temples.
/has a new Kitchenaid manual can opener that is rusting through the chrome finish
2013-06-20 03:06:43 AM  
2 votes:
'Foodie wannabes'? You mean people who like food but are too poor to afford artisan foods but would like to?

It's like designer imposter perfume that you can eat.
2013-06-20 03:01:26 AM  
2 votes:
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2013-06-20 08:55:40 AM  
1 votes:

MrHappyRotter: Benevolent Misanthrope: UsikFark: illannoyin: 

Don't be farkin' dissin' on my KitchenAid, mofo.  I will CUT you.

Fine then but I will.  A few years ago, I was getting my start in life, living by myself, barely scraping by.  I had to buy a number of basic things to have a working, liveable kitchen.  Despite being broke, I opted to "spend a little more" and buy recognizable name brands for certain things, like kitchen utensils and cooking supplies, under the misguided belief that it's better to pay a little more now for something that lasts.

The KitchenAid stuff is crap, no better than the much cheaper generic stuff in terms of durability and function.  Period.  I paid more for stuff that never worked quite right and/or broke and had to be replaced within a year or two.  The brand name's reputation is an illusion.


My KitchenAid stand mixer is fantastic. Yes, if you buy the Walmart special $99 on sale model, you will get shiat. (shiat, by the way that lasts though 5 years of heavy use, including pasta, sausge, and bread.). If, however, you buy the more expensive "Pro" model, with the metal gears and better tranny, it is absolutely worth it. If you need a stand mixer at all.

Seriously - it's like comparing my Waring Pro restaurant grade stick blender with the Waring $10 stick blender you can get at Walmart. All brands have quality lines and shiatty lines. Choose wisely.
2013-06-20 05:31:13 AM  
1 votes:

Copper Spork: Rik01: People are suckers. Look at the new business which has popped up where guys go and get icebergs, melt them down and sell the bottled water for a couple of bucks a unit.

It's not that it's from icebergs that is important. It's that someone has cared enough to do a half decent job of making the product, rather than it being made by minimum wage McJob workers who will drop your food on the floor and serve it to you anyway.


I don't know if I would call corralling icebergs to make bottled water doing a half-decent job, in that I'm sure there are many cheaper, more efficient, better tasting, healthier, more environmentally friendly,  and all around just better ways to make bottled water, even bottled water of such quality that it is rare and expensive, than corralling and melting icebergs. I'm still not even sure why we need to pay thousands of times more to have plastic around our water in the first place. Public water supplies were some of our best early work. You'd think we'd be working on bigger things nowadays than trying to make water distribution more expensive and less efficient.
2013-06-20 04:37:03 AM  
1 votes:

UsikFark: I think it was 6.99, probably made by the same company that makes all the other non-stamped "ergonomic" can openers but decals on a different name for a different price. I can easily see a can opener going for $20 if it had the right brand on it. Here is a $21 bottle opener: Link and a $50 manual can opener Link
Rethink Possible.


Oh, oh dear.  that's a piece of shiat.  Go buy yourself an OXO smooth-edge can opener.

I don't even know who owns KitchenAid today, but their mixers still seem to be okay.  Originally, they were an off-shoot of Hobart, and the home mixers were a small version of these beasts:

www.deliciousmusings.com

/My mother has a KitchenAid that's six or eight years older than I am, which makes it at least 40.
2013-06-20 04:13:25 AM  
1 votes:

not5am: gadian: I think if you care more about how your food looks than how it tastes, you're doing it really wrong.  Unless it looks like vomit.  I've been to a lot of fancy diners where people insist on serving vomit.  That helps no one.  For the record, anything with bits of tofu or couscous looks like vomit.

iirc, fast food nation has an anecdote about a psychological experiment with food. they had volunteers eat steaks dyed green, but wasn't aware of the color because the room was lit in green light. the initial reactions were positive, everyone liked the steak. then they switched from green to white light, and all the volunteers expressed being ill. like they say, presentation is everything.


It is a good evolutionary move to be repulsed by green meat.
2013-06-20 04:01:13 AM  
1 votes:
That cracks me up.

I recall, decades ago, when I learned how to make 'distressed' old looking 'collectable' furniture from a DIY magazine. Hit it with chains, burn it with a blow torch, use rusty nails, don't sand it too smooth and how to apply stain to make it look aged.

Someone made tables out of old, wooden ships hatch covers and the Yuppies loved them, promptly elevating the cost from under a hundred bucks to several hundred -- and initiating a rush on grabbing old wooden hatches and covers from derelict ships.

When they ran out of stuff, they learned how to fake age wood to look like it had spent decades at sea.

People are suckers. Look at the new business which has popped up where guys go and get icebergs, melt them down and sell the bottled water for a couple of bucks a unit.

Then again, just look at the multi-billion dollar a year bottled water business anyhow.
BTW, a lot of the old, hand made pastries and breads that folks rave about now, actually kind of sucked. I've had some. My grandpa used to love to bake the old recipes. They tended to be heavy. Without preservatives, they had a shelf life of days. Some used a lot of lard. All were labor intensive to make.
2013-06-20 02:57:31 AM  
1 votes:

jjorsett: Am I supposed to be aghast that a business wants to try to please its customers?


I think the issue is that people want natural product so fast food place processes the food more to make it look natural
2013-06-20 12:23:32 AM  
1 votes:
It's one reason why Wendy's softened the edges of its famously square hamburger patties. The Dublin, Ohio-based company says it changed the patty to a "natural square" with wavy edges because tasters said the straight edges looked processed.

Who the fark cares how their hamburger is shaped?
 
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