Adam Savage on why you can’t boil potatoes on Mt. Everest

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+3 1. Natan_el_Tigre commented 3 years ago

...unless you whip out your trusty pressure cooker! 8-)
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+12 2. thundersnow commented 3 years ago

The woman laughed and commented inapropriately, and did not listen. How annoying! :|
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+4 3. Natan_el_Tigre commented 3 years ago

#2 Ladyboners can have that effect. :*
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+1 4. mikeab commented 3 years ago

Like trying to cook potatoes in a slow cooker. But what I wanted to know was, what temperature does it take to cook a potato?
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+5 5. Judge-Jake commented 3 years ago

#4 I think he's saying that the same temperature is required as in your kitchen but you can't achieve that. isn't he? Oh I don't fecking know. Boil your fecking potatoes before you go up Everest. O:)
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+4 6. Urmensch commented 3 years ago

#4 Starches exist as semi-crystalline structures that we find hard to digest. They gelatinise between 82 to 88 degrees C. The video says that the temperature at the top of Everest that water boils at is around 70 C so it wouldn't get hot enough to melt the crystalline structures which allows them to absorb water, swell, and convert to a form that's digestible.

I've done some sous vide cookery, under vacuum in bags and cooked in a water bath for longer. You usually aim for about 85 C with root vegetables.
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+2 7. Yokhannan commented 3 years ago

women: "that's crazy"

in other words, "i have no idea what the hell you are talking about"
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+2 8. thundersnow commented 3 years ago

#6 My son is really into sous vide cooking, he makes his steaks that way and grills them afterwards and they are perfect.
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+1 9. kaleemyork commented 3 years ago

Nice explanation but i love potato finger chips . . .